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PoliceMag's Top 10 Videos of 2011

December 30, 2011  | 

Police videos highlighting the hazards of vehicle pursuits, volatile crowds, and tricky arrests made 2011 a memorable year for Let's celebrate the end of the year, by looking back at the 10 most-viewed videos on the site (in reverse order, of course):

10. Beach Confrontation In South Miami: Miami Beach Police officers entered a crowded beach scene in March to arrest intoxicated party people. The videos showed a combustible crowd scene at the waterline as onlookers filmed and shouted.

9. S.C. Man's Cruiser Joyride: Arthur Lee Thompson Jr., 38, fought with a Summerville (S.C.) Police officer, shook off a TASER, and stole the officer's cruiser. The joyride didn't end well for Mr. Thompson. 

8. Citizens Aid Assaulted Calif. Cop: Two civilians intervened to help San Diego (Calif.) Police Officer Kelly Doherty, after a suspect she was questioning began punching her in the face. The suspect inflicted knife wounds on all three, before a TASER ended the fight.

7. Missouri Man Fires AK-47 at Pursuing Officers: Cody Wilcoxson led St. Robert (Mo.) Police on a 23-mile pursuit on May 13 where he fired an AK-47 at officers, including Chief Curtis Curenton's side-view mirror.

6. Alternate View of UC Davis Pepper Spraying: The Davis College Republicans have released footage they shot at the Occupy UC Davis protest where demonstrators were pepper sprayed. The footage shows a more complete account of the incident.

5. Parolee Fatally Shot In SF: San Francisco Police shot and killed a 19-year-old parolee after he allegedly fired at officers during a foot pursuit. The incident was captured on citizen video, which helped officers locate the assailant's gun.

4. Fla. Trooper Detained Miami Cop at Gunpoint: A Florida Highway Patrol trooper chased down off-duty Miami Police Officer Fausto Lopez and detained him at gunpoint, after clocking him driving 120 mph in his cruiser.

3. Ohio Man Jumps Officer In Station: Anthony Thomas, 29, of Cleveland leaps over a station counter to attack an Elyria Police officer, while the officer is booking him into jail. 

2. On-Body Cam Captures N.M. Police Shooting: Albuquerque (N.M.) Police Officer Damian Lujan's on-body video camera captured his use of deadly force after responding to a DV call.

1. Wrestler Takes Down Ohio Deputy: Greene County (Ohio) Sheriff's Deputy Josh Barrett encounters a former standout high-school wrestler passed out in his vehicle. After the 21-year-old starts the fight, Deputy Barrett ends it with his TASER.

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Capt David-Ret LA County @ 1/4/2012 4:53 PM

My comments on some...#10...that was scary.. Good thing it wasn't later on after much more beer drinking or those cops could have been toast.......#9 Guy should have been shot when he entered the patrol car..he was a danger to society, assaulted an officer, and could have certainly killed someone in his escape......#8...shoot this guy too,,,,,#7 how come this perps car wasn't riddled with bullets? I am not sure what is being taught today about what the procedure is when a fleeing felon is shooting at officers--wait for him to run out of ammo, run out of gas, get tired??.......Others I have commented one comment David said.."better to be tried by 12 then carried by 6"....bad saying. Read

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