This is a switch. Police in Maryland are thanking a man who posted a video on social media of officers using extreme force — because it clearly showed the man terrorizing restaurant diners with his unruly behavior.
“He didn’t allow it to go viral without explaining clearly what he observed,” David Morris, chief of the Riverdale Park Police Department told WTOP.
The video, uploaded to YouTube Sept. 4 by user Ricky Martinez, shows police responding to a call at a Maryland McDonald’s restaurant, where the subject was disturbing other diners, talking to himself and punching tables.
It took officers more than seven minutes and the use of nightsticks, pepper spray, and old-fashioned muscle to finally subdue the man. And it all was caught on video.
But unlike so many videos that have sparked violent protests and anti-police rhetoric, Martinez made a point to explain why the officers were justified in their response in the description section on YouTube.
“Riverdale police handled this situation a lot better than other police would have in my opinion. Im amazed they didn’t shoot,” he wrote before describing the backstory.
When I first noticed him, he was just talking to himself. After not paying attention to what he was saying, he began to bang on his table like if it were drums and was doing it a bit too loud. I had just assumed he was a person of special needs maybe and once again, didn’t pay attention
He soon started punching his table like if it were a person and knew, he was becoming aggressive and an endangerment to the publics safety.
My mom had asked an employee at this point if they had called the police and they had responded saying ‘yes, they’re en route.’
He soon gets up and starts arguing with himself and acts like he wants to fight with someone who was in front of him and goes up against a wall and starts shouting. He takes off his shirt and starts walking around which endangers the public a lot more because we don’t know if he’s going to hurt someone because this man already seemed agitated.
At this point he starts throwing chairs to the ground and slammed a wet floor sign to the ground and pushing chairs. McDonalds was pretty packed as well considering most people were getting out of work and school and there was quite a bit of children (including my 2 younger siblings) and a group of elderly people.
When the police arrive, he was ordered on the ground and I knew right there, to take out my phone and start recording.
Martinez noted that the man was “was tased 3 times, maced about 4 times, hit with the baton twice, tackled to the wall, and almost had his arm broken when being detained.”
“Throughout the whole incident, this man showed NO sign of giving up and was resisting arrest. It seemed clear after being tased for the first time that this man WAS ON DRUGS. Most likely PCP,” Martinez wrote. “I commend the officers for stopping him before he could hurt someone and danger the public.”
Watch the entire clip below.
**WARNING: GRAPHIC VIOLENCE.**
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