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November 11, 2012

HOPKINS: There's a right way and a wrong way

(Continued)

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — The police report tells of finding the intoxicated man hiding in an upstairs closet. Instead of complying with deputies’ directions to go into the kitchen, he began an obscenity-laced tirade. Naturally, the deputies followed him. He was, after all, ignoring their orders.

At one point, the report indicates he shoved a deputy. That’s the wrong thing to do. Two deputies tried to bring him under control, but he allegedly swung at (and missed) a deputy. A deputy responded with a blow aimed for the gut but because the man ducked, he took a punch to the face.

In the end, the man continued his tirade in the police vehicle, pounding his head against a partition and kicking the doors and partition. He ended up being arraigned in the parking lot of Hartland Town Court.

On Facebook, a reader challenged some of the story. We asked for proof and the reader responded with a link to a shaky video of the incident on You Tube. The footage lasts less than two minutes. Most of the comments on You Tube are too explicit to repeat here, but it’s obvious that some at the party felt the deputies went too far.

After viewing the video, I disagree.

Although most of the video is dark, it seems fairly obvious that the man is acting belligerent toward the deputies. They ask him if he wants to go to jail and he responds by asking the deputy, “do you want to take your badge off?” The rest is difficult to make out.

However, it’s fairly clear that the man pushes a deputy. That’s when several deputies tried to arrest him.

Had he simply complied with a simple request, he’d probably have been released on an appearance ticket. Instead, he’s facing a felony charge for assaulting a police officer.

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