VIDEO: PD Invites News Media To Try To Control People 'Resisting Arrest' - Goes Like You'd Expect

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department invited FOX 46 Charlotte and other media members to try to control somebody simulating resisting arrest.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department invited people from various news media outlets to take part in a simulated test where the news crews had to try to control somebody simulating resisting arrest.

The news crews accepted, and got to see first-hand how difficult it was (video below.)

David Sentendrey with FOX 46 posted the following message to Facebook along with video of his experience:

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department invited FOX 46 Charlotte and other media members to see -- and feel -- how difficult it is to take down someone who is resisting arrest.

There are a lot of questions you have to ask yourself. Does this person have a weapon? What are their intentions? It's a case-by-case basis.

I was asked to take down several police recruits without punching, kicking or hitting them in any way. This is a controlled environment where we knew everything would be OK -- the real thing would surely get your heart racing.

As you can see in the video, the news crews learned that it wasn't so easy to take down a resisting suspect.

Do you think that this experience will soften their criticism of police who have to use force during an arrest?

I would think so! We had to learn techniques to make the person being arrested cooperate in the criminal justice courses at my community college. It was hard enough with the practice partner not fighting with me, but just passively resisting - after all, the instructor didn't want his students to leave class bruised and banged up!

Kinda like making cops experience the different methods used to stop a suspect. If they’re issued Tasers, they have to submit to a Tazing before being qualified. If they want to be a K-9 Officer, they have to put on the fat protective suit and experience being “controlled” by a police dog working with the instructor.

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