Contact: Albert O'Leary
PBA Communications Director
212-298-9190

or Joseph Mancini
212-298-9150

October 17, 2012
For Immediate Release




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PBA PRESIDENT PAT LYNCH DEFENDS OFFICER IN A VIDEOTAPED ARREST

PBA president Patrick J. Lynch said: 

“The fact is that a police officer who is affecting an arrest cannot walk away if a culprit refuses to be handcuffed.   The officer must use force to gain compliance and handcuff the offender.  In this case, it is clear from the video that when the officer attempted to take the culprit’s arm he resisted by twisting and turning away.  Using force always appears to be severe but is necessary to arrest a culprit who resists.”

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