Three cheers for Newnan Police Department

The recent amateur video of three Newnan Police officers successfully detaining a combative suspect is yet another incident inflamed by “citizen photojournalists” in their own attempt to become Internet famous.

We are extremely fortunate to have courageous police officers and sheriff deputies dedicated enough to place their own lives on the line, to walk knee deep into dangerous situations in order to provide a safe and secure living environment for law-abiding citizens. Sadly, there are those in this community that have unwarranted disdain for selfless acts of bravery on the part of this law enforcement profession, yet would be the first to cry for help when their own best efforts have failed.

The video, although abbreviated in the entirety of the call, clearly shows the officers using the “ladder of escalating force,” using that force necessary to make a lawful arrest against an actively combative suspect. The police officers do not need anyone’s permission to do their job. They have but seconds to react to an ever evolving situation that unfortunately does not include the wisdom of hindsight. Their actions can be played over and over again on YouTube, in slow motion, for six months, viewed by naïve spectators who don’t have the skill, knowledge, or bravery to do the job.

Perhaps the armchair quarterbacks would prefer seeing police officers slowly arriving to a scene, arms folded, Tasers holstered, remaining a safe personal distance while the criminals have their way? Could we quickly call a committee of statesman to determine when free speech graduates to disorderly conduct? Might we yield to the criminal behavior so as to avoid the appearance of over-reactive aggression?

Poppycock! I say arrive, decide, stuff and cuff the drunk, and continue to demonstrate you still have a pair. Three cheers for Newnan PD.

W.J. Butcher


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