HAVE THE ABILITY TO CONTROL A RESISTING SUBJECT!
Controlling a resisting subject does not mean “hitting him and yelling at him ’til he complies.” It means the practiced ability to shut down his ability to maneuver, to exert force, and to make space to move. This comes from positive physical control.
And the willingness to engage. This man was unarmed when this encounter started but was able to overcome being Tased, grappling with TWO officers, evading them, getting to a gun in his car, and successfully engaging them. Who was willing here? Who had intent?
Repeatedly telling a man that is already on his back to “Get on Your Back” is indicative of a high level stress reaction. That is normal for this kind of situation. But we must learn to manage stress like this.
A major part of managing stress is found in:
The ability to control a resisting subject.
The willingness to engage decisively.
The “Keystone Cops” happy-feet, high pitched and guttural verbals, and weird attentional shifts only detract from the ability to handle the swirling chaos of an event such as this. This was not a shooting from the start, this was a simple resisting arrest that devolved into multi-layered cascading failures in hand-to-hand fighting ability, ground control, less lethal weapons (tool reliance) and rapidly turned into close quarters combat through lack of decisive skill and decisive intent.
The ineffectual striking and knee-dropping we see all too commonly. This is the immediate default of people who can’t grapple. This is why we see it even in minor resisting arrest situations, the ones that get all the bad press. The real lack in efficacy of such measures is revealed in situations like this. We should re-think and re-vamp our officer’s thinking and training regarding striking in police combatives.
Note the difference in body language and physical dynamics after the suspect makes his break at 1:25. Who is demonstrating a warrior mindset amongst these three men? Look at the suspect’s calm at 1:37. If even one of these officers had been able to rise to the occasion the way the suspect did, this would have had a very different outcome.
Officers are unsafe, and the public is unsafe, until these things become the standard, rather than the exception.