I wonder if the same people sided on the same side of the fence back when the Scouts visiting the Lincoln memorial were told not to recite the Pledge.....
This is dumb. These people were purposely baiting the police, and when told to move along, they continued. On the other hand, I don't see where the excessive use of force in arresting these people was necessary.
But, I thought that throwing the one guy to the ground was a little much, and I do understand the need of protecting the safety of the officer. I just don't know, if these people, these 6 people that thought of themselves as some sort of "flashmob" were told earlier to move along, and didn't, then they got what was coming. But the one guy was being told that this was his last warning with his hands raised, as he was being body slammed.
I don't know, what do you think?
The only thing that concerned me was the grabbing of his throat after he was put on the ground. But I don't know the level of force the "hand on throat" move was being given by the officer. I have no clue of knowing whether it was a choke move or if he was just giving enough force to keep the head and shoulders of the subject on the ground.
In the video I posted there is a 2nd camera angle, in it you can see the officer actually dropped the guy on his side, whether that was the intent or not I don't know.
Often times things don't go as officers plan in using force to effect an arrest. I have no way of knowing if that was the intent of the pickup and drop part or not.
On a different note, the takedown move is what is considered in my departmental policy as "soft-empty hand techniques" which are right after verbal commands (which were not working, obviously). So it appears as if he has used the lowest level of physical force necessary to meet the level of resistance, which is "defensive resistance". This applies to the takedown move alone.