I took these comments from a report by News13 here in Central Florida. It’s the case where a police officer used force to subdue an elderly man who was intoxicated and angry because his vehicle was being towed away.
I think these statements show both sides of the situation:
Cookieman wrote: Hindsight…..if the fella was being “belligerent, disorderly, and irritated,” as Lamont stated, wouldn’t it have made much more sense to handcuff him earlier to establish control of the situation? It sounds like they had plenty of time during the “discussion” taking place to do so. The FIRST time Daley touched him, he should have been ‘cuffed. POOR JUDGEMENT twice…
Tom wrote: I am retired after 33 years in law enforcement. Please remember that the officer in this case had nanoseconds to decide what action was appropriate. We all have all the time we need to armchair quarterback his decision. We were not there, he was. I know that many times officers regret the necessity of employing any type of force and I feel certain that this officer did what he felt he had to do in…
He also declared: Daley couldn’t really pack a punch and really didn’t pose a threat.
“I never mentioned the fact that he hit me or anything to the officer …I didn’t think it needed to go that far.”
I printed out an exact copy of the (media release) police report – it states in part:
Orlando Police Department
DEFENSIVE TACTICS FORM
…On numerous occassions during Ofc. Lamont’s contact with the subject, the subject would put hand(s) on Ofc. Lamont’s shoulders. Ofc. Lamont describe these instances as a slapping type of motion/action. Ofc. Lamont, recognizing the subject’s elderly age and intoxicated state, requested several times, “sir, please don’t touch me.” The subject refused to obey these requests by continuing to slap Ofc. Lamont in the same manner and continued on being beligerant.
In order to avoid being battered and/or seriously injured by the subject, Ofc. Lamont grabbed a hold of the subject’s right hand with his left hand and put his right forearm behind the subject’s left elbow, leveraging against the subject’s arm, placing him in an arm bar. Ofc. Lamont simultaneously pivoted to his left, lowering his right knee, while pressing downward on the subject’s right arm, performing an arm bar takedown. The subject was directed down to the ground and during the takedown, the top, right side, area of the subject’s forehead impacted the ground followed by the rest of his body…
I watched a police video of this maneuver; officers call it a “dynamic takedown” where a person is slammed to the ground face down. It’s a very violent tactic.
I listened to numerous calls made to 911 at the time this happened; witnesses were upset at the force used by the officer.
In my opinion Daniel Daley was clearly wrong. Yet the officer used no common sense—especially with his partner nearby in a patrol car.
What do you think?
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