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by Peter Moskos

August 5, 2014

How to arrest a very large man who doesn't want to go

Telling officers what not to do doesn't tell them what they should do. And it's never going to look pretty. That doesn't make it wrong.

Here's my op-ed in today's New York Daily News:
If you’re a cop, how do you cuff a 6-foot-tall, 350-pound man who doesn’t want to go to jail?

Most arrests happen without a problem. Police order a guy to put his hands behind his back. The cuffs click or zip, and that’s that. But sometimes people make it clear that they don’t want to go. Then what?
Read the whole thing here.


Anonymous said...

I agree with most of this, except for the part about only sergeants being issued Tasers. Believe it or not, mere officers can use a Taser properly.

Also, regarding pepper spray, it has it's place. Overuse is self-correcting.

Anonymous said...

In Mississippi: