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Bus Passengers Assist State Trooper Under Attack

After a bus passenger started punching Ohio State Trooper Tressa Winans, other passengers came to the trooper's aid. More Here.

March 10, 2015

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bob retired leo NYS/FL @ 3/10/2015 5:10 PM

I am glad to see the trooper in this day and age receiving assistance from the passengers and coming out of the scuffle without serious injury.However as I used to do, The Trooper needs to review her actions and correct her stands and approach. I always carried a back up gun and a survival knife around my wrist when I wore long sleeve shirts. Hope the OFf is doing well.

dave @ 3/10/2015 5:21 PM

Interesting that with the nations feeling towards police, one of the first comments besides helping the trooper was "she better shoot her". This would have been another Racist shooting in the media. Tried and convicted before the investigation could be complete. But since it was a white officer beat by a non-white, this will not be a hate crime. but try it the other way around and see what happens.

From what I could see and hear during the video, regardless of race, the perp was unstable and needs psychological help. There could be NO race crime but the media chooses not to see that. "If it bleeds it leads". Blood sells.

Bob W @ 3/10/2015 5:28 PM

The Ohio State Police should think about placement of equipment on their duty belts. The Officer's handcuffs were not ready accessible, (small of back). This vital piece of equipment should be on the front of the Officer's duty belt. All duty belt equipment should be uniformly placed.

Dan Samuels @ 3/10/2015 5:36 PM

1. When the s..t hits the fan, who is a better cop: a big man or a little woman?
2. If this happened in an isolated situation it might have ended with a gun grab and a death.
3. Why would an officer have long hair, which can be used against her in a fight?
4. The passengers were initially astonishingly tentative in a life-and-death situation; they should have been far more assertive with the perp.
5. Glad it ended okay. Hope the officer wasn't hurt too bad.
6. Notice the perp go nuts when the officer first applied a cuff; typical, since the fight often starts or gets worse at the first touch of the bracelet.

kevCopAz @ 3/10/2015 6:38 PM

Perhaps this officer might learn to be able to reach her handcuffs more easily, don't the OSP have any weapons other then a firearm? Pepper spray/taser? Baton? Most ineffective once the suspect was on top, granted, but if it were not for the citizens this officer would have lost the fight big time. Thank you citizens. Too bad its a surprise when citizens step in to help considering that the LEOs are acting in the name of the citizens!

Another Donut Please @ 3/10/2015 8:27 PM

Good argument for two person cruisers. Especially working in BFE.

Dan Joseph @ 3/10/2015 9:06 PM

Every cop should realize that when things go wrong and you are all alone or the suspect overwhelms you it is the good citizens that will be there to save your butt. This is one of the reasons to never let yourself develop a negative attitude toward the public at large. You deal with only 3% off our society that is the ones that break the law the other 97% are law abiding good people. Show that 97% the respect they deserve and they will be there to help you when you need it.

Retired Constable

Anthony Pfeifer @ 3/11/2015 4:36 AM

Thanks to all on the bus for the comments on how the Trooper should have handled the passenger! and especially for getting off the bus to assist her

bob retired leo @ 3/11/2015 11:04 AM

@Bob W. Good point about the bracelets. One, many officers carry them in the small of their back, but when I taught classes this is not a good location. If you fall on your back it will ram right into your spine and take my word for it ,it hurts for a while. Always wear your cuffs off to the weak hand and practice leaving your strong hand for control and gun retention. Any ideas out there.... fire back at me.

DKCruz @ 3/12/2015 10:35 PM

When I was working LE I was taught to have a set in front and another pair in the rear so any assisting officer could access if you're currently hands on a suspect. I'm sure they all had their own just another tool in the box is all. You know it can get hectic when the suspect is really resisting!

clifford zigler @ 3/12/2015 10:45 PM

SOB not good for cuffs...carry two set on either side off center so you can work with either hand

Rick @ 3/13/2015 5:10 AM

Am I missing something here; "Passengers?" One White kid is the only one who did anything. Everyone else was giving play by play commentary. And once again, the issue of Race should not be ignored. It is clear that the Black passengers just watched and documented, but they did not get involved.

Jeff @ 3/16/2015 10:19 AM

Working for an agency involved in housing, I can tell you one of the most hazardous environments to deal with anyone is on or near stairs. Its two easy to loose your balance, to easy to go to the ground, at which point regardless of the officers size any advantage goes to the other guy.
Glad to see bystanders coming to the officer's aid, wish more of the armchair quarterbacks on the bus would have helped instead of make obnoxious comments and hoping the officer got herself in a jam doing something improper on video

Ima Leprechaun @ 3/17/2015 8:24 PM

The attacker at the start of the video is walking forward on the bus in the middle isle and not involved with the traffic stop. The attacker jumps upon the Trooper and once the fray begins she is just going full force attack mode on the Trooper, it appears she is trying to strangle the Trooper with her scarf. Then as they fall out of the bus the nutball pins the Trooper face down in the snow under a guard rail and wails the tar out of her. The guardrail effectively pins the trooper from her radio and from using her hands to block the attack.
Ohio State Highway Patrol has all grey uniforms so I am a little confused if she is with OSHP or might be a PUCO (Public Utilities Commission of Ohio) Officer. PUCO Officers are interstate commerce enforcement officers, a sub-division of OSHP. As heard on the video the Trooper was about to leave when the attack begins. The attack was not caused in any way by the Trooper and the suspect acted as though she was off her medication especially after she was finally handcuffed. With all the crap Police are required to carry on their gun belt in Ohio the middle low back is the only place left for handcuffs so I completely understand why they are there on her gun belt.

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