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VIDEO: Excessive Force, Or Good Arrest?

Hamilton Police Officer explains to crowd why he subdued girl

Was it excessive force, or just good police work?

In the video seen here, two Hamilton Police officers subdue and handcuff a girl during an arrest.

Several people with cellphones capture the act on video.

After the incident, and the girl is in the back of the police cruiser, Officer Mark Morelli explains their policy and how the arrest was made.

So the question remains, did they use excessive force, or was it a good arrest?

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  1. Dixie posted on 12/12/2013 05:06 PM
    She was clearly fighting them and wouldn't put her hands behind her back, trying to not let them put her in the car. Do it, and they won't have to force you and it won't hurt. Are they police just supposed to let anyone go who fights them when they're under arrest just in case they might get hurt??

    I have definitely seen videos where officers have hurt someone who is down and not or no longer resisting, but this doesn't seem to be the case here.

    It's RIDICULOUS to suggest that she can't resist arrest because she's female. The dude who took this video is an idiot.
  2. karen posted on 12/12/2013 07:15 PM
    Is it torture? Female officer doesn't seem to be on board. Blocking camera?
    Charter remedies were introduced because of police torture in B.C. and Alberta. How many have died from such positioning and chest compressions? Good for the public for standing up to these. The public will demand action and an end to such police attacks on people. Anything over minimal force is Assault!

    How many times have we seen female officers standing by as male officers harass or attack people. I'd like female officers to have a password that lets them take over in failed arrests such ads this.The Sammy Yatim killing is the most obvious one. Officers reholstered their weapons and a female office had her hands on her hips during the 39-second arrival and fatal attack by the police shooter.
  3. Me posted on 12/12/2013 11:33 PM
    Good job officers !!
  4. Mike from the hinterland posted on 12/13/2013 05:38 AM
    The officers in my opinion acted very professionally and used reasonably force. They could have tasered her and brought out the nightsticks. The officers could have been much more aggressive and she should count herself lucky that they were trained.
  5. Tichaona Gombiro posted on 12/13/2013 09:34 AM
    I am quite impressed that the officer effecting the arrest managed to keep his emotion out of the way. It appears from this video that police officers are now getting training to be careful about their conduct in this age where videos are easily captured by mobile devices. It therefore explains that some police departments are moving with times and actually listen to public concerns. He was also patient to explain what it appeared to be to the bystanders which he had no obligation to do.

    Good job particularly to the male officer. Someone in the crowd should have definitely given him a bottle of water as he appeared to be exhausted from this woman's resistance.
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