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SJWs Scream Police Brutality ... Police Chief Fires Back with Damning Bodycam Footage

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There’s a reason it’s usually smart to wait until the facts come out before jumping to conclusions: Without all the information, people end up rushing to judgment and smearing people who deserve respect instead of criticism.

That’s the main takeaway in Texas, where social justice warriors were riled up about “police brutality” while having only a small fraction of the information.

During the arrest of a black man named Forrest Curry, a bystander recorded 45 seconds of cell phone footage that the community claimed showed Curry being abused by a racist police force. But a much longer video from police bodycams paints a very different picture.

It turns out that Curry was combative and appeared to resist arrest for more than five minutes. This was after a foot chase and an apparent assault on medics who were trying to assist the man.

“Police on Tuesday released bodycam video showing the lengths it took to subdue and handcuff a 35-year-old man Saturday after he took swings at firefighters who were trying to help him,” reported the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

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Warning: Video contains profanity.

Despite accusations of racial bias and brutality, the Fort Worth police involved in the incident specifically requested that the bodycam video be released. This put the arrest in context, and also showed that one of the primary officers involved in the struggle was also an African-American.

According to the Star-Telegram, police were not the first officials at the scene. An ambulance crew had been dispatched to a call of unresponsive men at an apartment complex. When the medics tried to help, they realized the men were high on synthetic marijuana and wanted a fight.

Did officers use reasonable force during this arrest?

“That call was changed to a disturbance when officers received reports that a man had become combative with Fort Worth firefighters,” the newspaper reported.

“(Fire Department) requested that FWPD respond rapidly due to the subject’s combative actions toward them,” confirmed a press release from the Fort Worth Police Department.

The video footage seems to confirm the account from medics and police at the scene.

“As you can see, he’s resisting the whole time,” explained Assistant Police Chief Charles Ramirez. “The officers showed a lot of restraint. They are young officers and did what we expected them to do. This shows what the officers were actually dealing with.”

The bodycam video shows that Curry was apparently so high on drugs that he didn’t have much grip on reality. For example, he screams at officers to stop choking him, even though nobody is touching his neck.

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“At one point during the nearly five-minute arrest, Curry said he believed he had no clothes,” the Star-Telegraph explained, despite the fact that he was fully clothed.

It took a total of five officers to finally handcuff the combative man. Even then, the cops appeared to be concerned for his well-being, with one heard on the footage offering him water.

Contrary to the frequent liberal narrative, the vast majority of America’s police officers are good people and skilled professionals. Sometimes the job gets rough — but as this video showed, it was not the cops who dragged out the altercation.

Actions have consequences. Getting high on synthetic drugs and then allegedly attacking medics when they try to help you is a recipe for a bad day, no matter how you slice it.

Instead of immediately crying “racism” and trying to smear good officers, perhaps the public and the media could take a step back, wait for all the facts to come out, and be part of the solution for a change.

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Benjamin Arie is an independent journalist and writer. He has personally covered everything ranging from local crime to the U.S. president as a reporter in Michigan before focusing on national politics. Ben frequently travels to Latin America and has spent years living in Mexico.




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