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John Nuthall


October 17, 2012

PBA president Pat Lynch defends officer in a video-taped 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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