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Ind. Officer Tackles Man In Hotel Lobby

An Indianapolis Metro Police officer is facing an internal investigation for tackling a business traveler in the lobby of the JW Marriott. Read the full story here.

August 05, 2013

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Midwest LEO @ 8/6/2013 7:20 AM

First glance it doesn't look good for the officer. The report doesnt match the video but of course the news wouldn't take the words out of context. Hopefully the officer has more in the report (the offender threatened him, or threatened the hotel employee, lost his balance and tripped when trying to move away from the officer etc.). Ultimately this makes us look bad. I hope the officer has a better excuse, as the Chief will be forced to investigate now that he is on TV. I don't know how to rule on this one, but first glance it is not good.

David Anderson @ 8/6/2013 4:58 PM

New concept: ignore the burglary and beat up the citizen. Since when does a raised voice justify an arrest? And even if the incident inside the hotel is excusable, what's the excuse for pavement-slamming him outside?

Don Jones @ 8/6/2013 5:01 PM

The employee was arrested for video taping. Illegally, since it is well-established under federal and Indiana law that citizens have a 100% right to film police activity such as this.

maddog 81 mm @ 8/6/2013 7:42 PM

Since there is no sound to this video, we then must " speculate " as to what precipitated the arrest ! The officer taking the report, needed to know certain particulars ( Initial investigation ) about the incident being reported. It was stated by a paricipant that the citizen was loud, and agitated, probably verbally abusive , because he thought , he wasn't being listened to ! He had been drinking prior to the incident, and probably was being too loud. He may have been admonished by the officer , to hold it down, and he apparently didn't . At this point he was in violation of the, " Public intoxication ", and " Drunk , and Disruptive " laws, and was being placed under arrest. He may have then , resisted arrest ! Probably stiffening up, or tensing of the body ,and / or arms ( which cannot be seen by an observer , but felt , by the officer ) indicates that further attempts at a greater resistance may be imminent, therefore the officer must act quickly , and with force to counter such moves, take the subject down, for control, to guarantee the safety of the officer , with the least amount of struggling, by the arrestee !! To affect any arrest, the officer has to be aware , and take the upper hand immediately, if not the resistence will escalate !! As a reflex an arrestee will attempt to pull away, an officer has to be physical, or be ready for what may come !! Mind you this is all speculation on my part, I haven't seen what the report says, but feel that is what transpired. As for the videographing, some states have laws governing that !! If an officer follows protocol, there will be no apprehension on his part , when he's bdeing video taped !

Cpt. Ozz @ 8/7/2013 10:49 AM

Sounds like maddog could justify anything this offier did wrong in this encounter. You might want to consider representing him in any hearings that may arise from this. As long as LE officers continue to give these hot heads or power hungry officers any creibility for this obvious temper laden arrest, the public we are charged to protect will continue to see us as adversaries. Let's call this one what it is, a poor judgement and response to what should have been an in and out call. Even the Chief couldn't find the words to sugar coat this despite his best diplomatic answers.

toetag @ 8/8/2013 3:32 PM

In many of these types of incidents, we are our our own worst enemies. The more these thypes of incidents occur, the more distrust of us will arise and will make our jobs that much harder. The more that the people who we serve and protect distrust us, the more difficult our job will become until we wont be able to use force ever. When that happens, we will begin being killed in record numbers. That can't be allowed to happen. We need to rethink how we do business. You can uphold the law and be authority figures without acting like a punk and eroding the respect of police officers everywhere. Just my 2 cents.

JoJo107 @ 8/10/2013 6:11 AM

Ouch that stings...

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