VIDEO: Once Again, Proof that Words Matter!

Their intention was to make the police look bad, but no one looks worse than bystanders involved

By Jim Glennon  |   Oct 21, 2015

The video below is on YouTube under the title: “Kid beaten and arrested all for a grinder.”

As I’ve mentioned in many other articles: Words matter!

They are used for a reason, and too often when it comes to portraying cops they are designed to place blame.

Your personal paradigm affects how you view something—what you hear, and ultimately what you believe. Words reflect your perspective. What’s more: They are used to establish narratives in the larger culture.

Kid beaten and arrested all for a grinder.


Of course not. The title is either meant to incite or it was written by someone who is incredibly ignorant of reality. Probably both.

Here’s my title: “Police under incredibly stressful circumstances restrain alleged thief resisting arrest.”

I know almost nothing other than what I can see and hear on this video. So let’s examine as objectively as we can.

The subject is actively resisting police officers. Like it or not, you can’t do that, because that in and of itself is a crime.

  1. Some woman walks up, kneels next to the officers and asks: “Why is he being detained?” Like it or not, it’s none of her business, and she’s distracting the officers, which makes it dangerous for them.
  2. I have no idea how many people are surrounding the officers but they are incredibly obscene and confrontational. Imagine yourselves in the officer’s or the subject’s position as the focus of this group.
  3. More than one minute into the video the subject is still actively resisting. The amount of stress this causes both physically and emotionally for the officers is beyond anything 99% of those viewing this video can comprehend.
  4. This subject is saying that he “can’t breathe” and the officers are making him “anxious.” First off, if he can say that he can’t breathe then he has to be breathing. Second, he is clearly echoing Eric Garner, who died in NYC last July and served as a lightening rod against the NYPD. In other words, the subject is trying to gain sympathy by tapping into that metanarrative and perhaps get physical assistance from the crowd.
  5. Two minutes into the video the criminal is still physically resisting and fakes crying while the crowd continues swearing at the police and screaming in horror at their physical efforts to restrain him.
  6. At around 2:40 seconds they get him cuffed, in the front, and the man then fakes passing out. And yeah: He faked it. Cops have seen this maneuver countless times. People who really pass out, drop. They don’t miraculously wake up seconds later, like this guy does, and begin talking again.
  7. The woman, who is allowed to interact with the man for some reason, tells the officers that the “cuffs are too tight.” How would she know?
  8. The arrested subject then starts complaining that the cuffs are too tight while exhibiting absolutely no pain signs. He is yelling and moving his arms freely while telling the officers: “I can’t feel my arms.”
  9. Eventually, more officers show up and separate the crazy crowd while another woman kneels down to comfort the poor misunderstood young man.

And who are the bad guys? The police of course. They arrested him for no reason, the arrested him the wrong way, they were mean, they were inept. Whatever the truth, those are the things that you hear from those who, by the way, never stepped in to protect the cops or assist them in doing their duty.

So: Who are the real bad guys?

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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.