Police Procedures 101: Disarming the Suspect
When the decision has been made to take a person into custody, the first order of business is to ensure that the person to be arrested cannot cause injury to the arresting officers, himself, or the general public. In this amateur video, we see a suspect who, seconds before, has stated to security officers that “if you put your hands on me I will defend myself,” indicating his intent to resist arrest and use physical force against the officers present. Notice how easily a trained security officer removes a six-foot wooden pole from the suspect’s possession, with an absolute minimum of force, ensuring the physical safety of all parties, including the suspect. The suspect was subsequently placed in custody by local police officers, cited for trespassing, and released with a summons to appear in court.