VIDEO: Taunts Filmed during Arrest

The agenda of many with videocameras: cynical entertainment at our expense

By Jim Glennon  |   Mar 23, 2015

So what’s it like to try and take physical control over another human being? Arrest, control, isolate and handcuff someone who doesn’t want to be subjected to any of those?

It ain’t easy. (If you don’t believe me, watch the video below.)

Watching the two hands of one person, being aware of elbows, knees and feet moving aggressively and quickly towards a vital organ, and recognizing how a head can be used as a weapon in the blink of an eye is difficult and dangerous.

Now try to do that while other people are in the area, moving towards you and possibly positioning themselves in a flanking maneuver.

Add shouts of racism, obscenities, and threats by those people. Imagine them inciting the subject you are trying to arrest and encouraging those in the crowd to assist in an attack on you.

And know this is all being recorded on cell phone video systems and that it will be out on the net going viral if you do or say anything that will fit the agenda of people who hate cops … and that it will be edited and annotated to portray you and your actions in the worst possible light.

People who know nothing about trying to control resistive subjects have no problem Monday-morning-quarterbacking those who do it for a living. And now we have groups, sometimes dozens of people, with video cameras, who are hoping for, or in some cases provoking, an officer to overreact.

Imagine the stress that officers all over the country are now facing. Many will say it is transparency, but it goes beyond that. These people with the cameras are involved participants and in many cases creating dangerous situations and committing a crime as they are obstructing peace officers attempting to perform their lawful duties.

Those with the cameras can say anything they want. They can yell racist remarks, threats, and obscenities with total impunity. An officer makes a single move that can be construed as aggressive and the proverbial hell will often break loose.

This will only get worse. For you officers: prepare yourselves. For those of you with the cameras: assess who you are, what you are doing and what be your motivations. I won’t hold my breath.




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Jim Glennon
Lt. Jim Glennon (ret.) is the owner and lead instructor for Calibre Press. He is a third-generation LEO, retired from the Lombard, Ill. PD after 29 years of service. Rising to the rank of lieutenant, he commanded both patrol and the Investigations Unit. In 1998, he was selected as the first Commander of Investigations for the newly formed DuPage County Major Crimes (Homicide) Task Force. He has a BA in Psychology, a Masters in Law Enforcement Justice Administration, is the author of the book Arresting Communication: Essential Interaction Skills for Law Enforcement.