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Forceful Arrest In Stockton

Stockton (Calif.) Police officers used their batons on a parolee during a forceful arrest that was captured by News10. Read the full story here.

May 02, 2012

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guy rella @ 5/3/2012 1:49 PM

theres always two sides of the story the news should have showed the end of the story first, but they always tend to over dramtize.

Brad @ 5/3/2012 2:32 PM

I just love how these witnesses think this was a brutal rodney king beating..."tools"! He fought with officers and tried to grab an officers weapon, the witnesses speaking to the media did not see all of this by the way. The media did not talk with or show the witnesses that observed this punk grabbing the officers weapons! Typical media. Let's turn this into something it wasn't...The suspect fought and ran from the police and refused several verbal lawful commands to get on the ground. This is the suspects fault, not the officers. The officers can use force to effect an arrest of a suspect, especially a suspect that tried to grab an officers weapon. This was not a brutal beating, this was not a racist hate crime, this was not a rodney king beating people...

Mike @ 5/3/2012 2:33 PM

I bet he thinks twice before reaching for a gun again.... Good job and thanks to the other video and woman screaming.......

CommonSense @ 5/3/2012 3:05 PM

Dear un-informed and uneducated citizens,


Please and thank you.

A Armijo @ 5/3/2012 3:25 PM

the suspect is lucky he wasnt shot.

Charlie Johnson @ 5/3/2012 3:59 PM

GOD was watching out for this officer. The parolee is lucky that he didn't get two the head and one to the chest.

CDRCRASH @ 5/3/2012 4:36 PM

You have to love the news reporters. Excessive Force, Bu##Sh$#,Then the little talking heads that want there 15 seconds. The genius they should have TALKED him down. WTF!!!
Use a Taser. Maybe!! This is a parolee that attempted to take a LEO weapon. There was obviously no talking with this POS. they barely got him down with the baton.
Its about time the criminals go to jail and the cops go home safe.
Remember "Sometimes theirs Justice **Sometimes their is Just Us"

Jason Barnes @ 5/3/2012 4:38 PM

The media behavior reminds me of the Rodney King arrest. The King incident went on for many minutes, and included the violent hopped-up King tossing off officers. Yet the media, with access to the whole tape, showed only the most inflammatory out-of-context clips. Another interesting media dishonesty in the King matter, which few people know of to this day: King had a passenger, who complied with orders, and was briefly detained and released without incident or force. But the massive media coverage never mentioned the passenger.

dave @ 5/3/2012 4:57 PM

That officer deserves a Medal for saving that POS life and allow him to live another day! God bless the men and women in blue!

Kyle @ 5/3/2012 5:13 PM

Those who critcize the officers actions should try putting on a uniform and arresting a drunk, convicted felon who is resisting in a more gentle and humane manner.

Nick @ 5/3/2012 6:01 PM

He was doing what I was trained to do, telling him to get on the ground, and hitting him in non-volatile areas thus diminishing the risk of permanent injury. When he went to the ground the stopped hitting him with it, thus it was nothing like Rodney King. Based on the very limited information looked ok from here. Granted, as posted above there are two sides to every story.

Mike @ 5/3/2012 6:34 PM

Interesting that the guy that related this to Rodney King is named Trayvon.

MB @ 5/3/2012 6:41 PM

That was text-book from start to finish. Verbal orders to get on the ground and with the suspects resistance, reasonable force was used. Then, as soon as the suspect gave up and put his hands in the air the officers showed great restraint and stopped their use-of-force. Suspect then cuffed and medics called to the scene to treat. The public will always have their uneducated and pointless comments and the media only cares about ratings. JERKS! Nice job Stockton PD!!!

Miss Impartial @ 5/3/2012 6:53 PM

Good idea bringing up the similarity to the Rodney King case. The officer will have the same problem in this matter as the King case. There comes a time to stop striking the suspect, and if you continue striking you have committed an assault. The officer probably will be charged.

Frank @ 5/3/2012 8:12 PM

What a bunch of f,,,,in idiots. I did not see any excessive force in this video. It appeared that the officer was trying to do a tibial strike and the bad goy was dancing around. Had he complied immediately the use of force would not have been necessary!!!!!!!

Kevin @ 5/4/2012 2:19 AM

No excesive force! The media should worry about reporting news not trying to embellish it. Good job keep it up. With Calif wanting to turn more felons out on the street, there is going to be more of this. Glad I moved out of Ca to Texas!

u316 @ 5/4/2012 4:45 AM

I am not sure that the media was able to slant that one enough could you maybe re-edit this to make it a little more dramatic? I mean, all the officer had to do was talk to the intoxicated, firearm stealing, fleeing parolee in order to bring it to a peaceful resolution. Those nasty policemen, how dare they defend themselves.

John @ 5/4/2012 5:27 AM

Your inflammatory news reporting sux, thanks!

Mike @ 5/4/2012 5:33 AM

I agree with all the sensible LEO comments below! Especially, "STFU"

Jim @ 5/4/2012 6:17 AM

The officers used the minimum force necessary to make a lawful arrest. I see proper use of tools and defensive use of the baton. This is a result of the suspects failure to follow lawful orders, resistance, and offensive action by the the suspect. Good job, guys. And just like in the Rodney King case, the camera and the witness did not see the whole event. This is not a "beating". It is the proper use of tools to get the desired result - ARREST of an apparently violent offender.

Do you think they would have been happier if the fine officer in this video were to be laying in a pool of his own blood?

Very nice job, guys.


S.S. JR @ 5/4/2012 6:36 AM

AWESOME ARREST!!! Good job and more importantly these officers get to go home to their families safe and sound. GOOD JOB!!!

DeputyG @ 5/4/2012 7:10 AM

Excellent job Stockton officers. Once everyone sees the "rest of the story" they will be grateful you did not shoot & kill this suspect. In Texas we would have shot him for trying to take our weapon. Be safe & continue to watch each others backs & God Bless you & your Families.

Steve Robinson @ 5/4/2012 8:56 AM

Wow! Not one comment here supporting the "convict". I think it's going to be a great day. Thanks to all of you for supporting this officer. Having been there, done that, I know from personal experience this could have easily led to the suspects death after he attempted to take the officers weapon. Great job Officer! God bless each of you for putting yourself in his shoes, and seeing this through the eyes of this officer.

Steve Robinson, Retired Law Enforcement Officer

Capt David-Ret LA County @ 5/4/2012 9:19 AM

You notice how many of the good citizens of the area did absolutely nothing to help this officer??

Lonnie @ 5/4/2012 9:55 AM

When you look at the use of force, you have to look at three things. 1. Was the force necessary to effect arrest. 2. Was the force too brutal for the circumstances. 3. Did the officer stop using force when the suspect stopped resisting.

Paul @ 5/4/2012 10:02 AM

just get on the ground when told

Dick Elliott @ 5/4/2012 11:03 AM

It's the same ol' BS.........Comply the first time and don't resist and we won't have to use necessary force. Do you have any idea of the strength of these animals when they are on drug's or booze, especially one who has been through the system before and don't wan't to go back. Imagine if he would have gotten the Officers gun.......We're not paid to go hand to hand with these way or another I'm going home to my family....what ever it takes. The media is just looking for a situation that will provoke rioting in the streets and it's coming. All rules are off when you try and take my weapon, this guy should be thankful he's going to the hospital as opposed to the morgue. Good job Officer. Retired NYPD.

tmurphy @ 5/4/2012 12:14 PM

Thank you for showing the store owner's video illustrating the defendents attempt to get the officer's gun. I am sure without that it would have just been another officer using excessive force on the news. I hope those citizens interviewed for the news watch the whole video and re-asess their point of views. Good job officer and a good job by the LEA spokesperson to back his officers.

Doug @ 5/4/2012 3:00 PM

Guy, Brad, Mike, A, Crash, Jason, Dave, Kyle and all the others who have common sense, THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMMENTS! So called witnesses need to have the full story before they criticize the police. As soon as they had the suspect under control, they reduced the force as needed. Good job officers! Go home safe at night and don't worry about this B.S.

al @ 5/4/2012 6:02 PM

The officer used the batton the right way a struck the pos i mean the suspect were he was trained to. The suspect is lucky that another officer was not there because he would have been justified to use any force nessary including deadly force .

dave @ 5/4/2012 7:06 PM

Doug you are welcome! We who commented know how tough this job this job can be...and also unfair to many of us who still do it the right way. What I do know is I still love my job and still consider myself blessed with the honor of protecting the public....even though I am considered as crap by the few.

Be well and safe,


JrD @ 5/4/2012 10:04 PM

In case noone else noticed... the suspect stopped getting beat as soon as he complied with officers and got down.

**Would have saved a perfectly good baton had they all had ASPs though.

AZBIGDOG @ 5/5/2012 6:56 AM

The felon shoud be back in prison with about 10 more years without parole added. Plus the original sentencing he was given parole on. And charge him with a federal crime of attempting to possess the officers firearm.

alex @ 5/5/2012 9:07 PM

Lucky for him he didn't get shot. anybody who ever tries to grab my gun is likely gonna get shot.

Ima Leprechaun @ 5/6/2012 3:43 AM

Obviously poor officer training by Stockton PD. He has a PR24 and he's holding it like a baseball bat a big no-no. I was always trained to never ever raise any baton over your head and swing it. Two reasons#1 it looks bad on film and #2 its an easy way to kill somebody. They will get sued and the suspect will win. It's California you would think they would be better trained than that. You have to assume that every bystander has a camera and is filming you since all cell phones have at least a still camera in them. Chasing a guy and taking swings at him with a club looks highly unprofessional. Also any cop will tell you that a drunk or high suspect cannot feel the blows from a club so its a waste of time to even use one. The officer would have known that if he was properly trained to use a PR 24.

Frank @ 5/6/2012 9:54 PM

He is LUCKY to only have been struck with a baton. A gun-grab is a"use deadly force" scenario. The suspect could have been shot and questions asked.

Greg @ 5/7/2012 7:55 AM

@Ima Leprechaun, first of all, the officer DID NOT have a PR-24. He had a collapsible straight stick. Secondly, the officer raised his baton to shoulder level and was not wildly swinging it "like a baseball bat." Not sure how you were trained, but I was trained to use both hands with a straight stick. You will deliver more effective blows and lessen the risk of losing the baton during the fight. The officer isn't going to be sued as he never struck the suspect in any red zone. Ima Leprechaun, jump back under the bridge troll.

DC @ 5/7/2012 11:31 AM

Those were textbook baton strikes to the common peroneal nerve. The strikes stopped as soon as he went down to the ground. I hope you guys report the outcome of the legal quagmire that good officer is going to be dragged through.

William Hall @ 5/7/2012 11:55 AM

At least at the end they show what started this whole thing.

Charlie @ 5/7/2012 4:31 PM

Amen to all the previous posts in support of the police action.......for those who think they can do the job better, have at it. I am sick and tired of all these people who think it's so easy to do the job!!!
The "experts" can kiss my @#$

RJ @ 5/8/2012 7:00 PM

This months Monadnock "Super Slugger" Award goes to....

westcoastleo @ 5/9/2012 12:56 AM

"I think the police could have used more commands?" I don't think so. That stupid one sided witness is an idiot and needs to stop breathing up the earths air. Rodney King was a drunk driving parolee too. Too bad a video of him doing his 211pc and beating of the victim in Monterey Park Calif was not available. By the way, that is why as a LEO, I do not support MADD. They kept quiet and never supported the CHP or the LAPD. Every time I meet one, I let them know too.

Steve E @ 5/9/2012 4:17 PM

You grab for a cops gun the ALL bets are off, You are now an attempted killer.

D.Dominick @ 5/10/2012 9:42 PM

Hey deserved that you don't grab for our gun

Josh @ 5/26/2012 3:20 AM

I wonder if this has anything to do with the bad guy AND every person the media showed the interview of being African American!? I wonder if the @$$hole was mexican or white if this would be such a horrible thing. And yes good thinking I'm sure nobody tried to talk to him they just ran up and started "beating" him.... Get a life! Good job Officers!!!!!!!!! God be with you!

Ian @ 5/29/2012 9:06 AM

Justified. Great Job showing restraint and keeping him at bay until additional officers arrived. Stay Safe Brothers.

Citizen @ 5/31/2012 9:45 AM

It was obvious from the very beginning he was resisting arrest. Guess what...that means he did something wrong. I thought he deserved the spanking he got even before I saw him reach for that gun. Had I been the officer and he reached for my gun, I am not certain I wouldn't have shot him. I probably wouldn't have even felt bad for it either. If he's reaching for my gun then I am assuming he's trying to shoot me with it. I'm still laughing that the guy that said he should have tried to talk him down. The media just makes me want to vomit.

Will @ 6/1/2012 6:56 PM

I like how the media dramatizes everything! "Police seen beating an unarmed man!" Really? So according to the media, we should only be allowed to strike a subject with a baton if they're armed? If he was armed, that video would have played out very differently!

The officer appeared to use the amount of force necessary to affect the arrest. The officer also delivered some well executed forward fluid shockwave strikes.

harold @ 11/10/2012 12:14 PM

If a suspect makes the decision to grab a police officers firearm its considered deadly force, hes not grabbing for the gun to polish it. In my state he might have been shot. People need the whole story before they can judge. @ 3/2/2013 11:53 AM

I am not a police officer nor do I know what they deal with on a daily basis but it's amazing that when a black person is beat down in the street like a dog how no one sees anything wrong with it. Yes he was wrong for trying to grab the weapon but he didn't get it. Once they got him cornered he should have been ordered down and when he didn't comply with that one hit of the stick would have sufficed but like I said when its a black who gives a shit?

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