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Bangkok, Thailand — A cop on the other side of the globe just showed the world that cops can actually stop a person armed with a knife — without killing them. Not only was violence not used in disarming the man but the exact opposite — love.

In video after video after video, we see police needlessly escalate situations to deadly force prior to attempting any heroic action, or even less lethal action, or simply backing up when confronted with people holding knives.

Mentally ill individuals have a 1,600% higher chance of being killed by police than anyone else, regardless of race. All too often, we see good people, who are in need of medical help – gunned down by officers because they ‘fear for their lives’ due to a complete lack of training in dealing with the mentally ill.

When the extremely rare case of police officers stopping an armed assailant without killing them is captured on video, the world needs to know. While celebrating the officer(s) who stopped the man without killing him is important – what’s more important is showing other officers and their apologists that it’s possible to solve these problems without deadly force.

The example below is one amazing way of stopping an armed man. And, while it is important to note that not all knife attackers will not respond in a similar manner, this officer clearly assessed the threat and made the decision to spare a life instead of end it.

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Behold the power of love.

According to a report in Nine News, the name of the police officer is Anirut Malee, and the assailant is a former musician, who at present is employed as a security guard.

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Anirut told Thai Visa News: ‘He used to be a musician but had been working as a security guard for three days and had not been paid. On top of this, he had had his guitar stolen and it was all stressing him out.

Nine News states that Malee while speaking to Sanook News said that the man was very anxious after not being been paid for three days. “I heard him out and sympathized and said I had a guitar to give him, and suggested we go out for a meal together,” Mr. Malee said.

Instead of being killed for his poor decision, the unnamed assailant was sent to a hospital for an evaluation of his mental state and no charges were reported.

Video of the incident has since gone incredibly viral, and for good reason.

To those that don’t think this sort of approach is possible in America. Think again.

The Free Thought Project has actually reported on it.

David Bundy, 39-year-old Roanoke Rapids resident, called 911 in 2015, and said that he had been “hearing voices” and was feeling suicidal. An officer soon arrived at his home, where the man answered the door armed with a knife. The events were all caught on the officer’s body cam. Officer Jamie Hardy first calmly talks to the troubled man, and then uses minimal force to subdue and disarm Mr. Bundy, who is then put into protective custody — which, for once, was actually protective.

As a result, Bundy was able to take a step back from the brink, and now thanks and credits Hardy for saving his life. Not all people with suicidal thoughts are like David Bundy, and Lord knows not all police officers are like Jamie Hardy, but in this case—thanks to a body cam—we can see an ever rare video of a policeman acting like a true peace officer. More importantly, we see a man with a badge acting like a courageous but compassionate human being.

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“Nobody wants to hurt anybody else…our job is, you know…protecting people,” Officer Hardy stated.

David Bundy and family had an emotional reunion with Hardy. Bundy was expressing his gratitude while choking back tears saying, “He…he saved my life.” Both of Bundy’s parents were so emotional and grateful they couldn’t get a word out as Bundy’s mother managed to give her son’s savior a tearful hug.

Roanoke Rapids Police Chief Charles Hasty told reporters

“It could have possibly been a deadly force situation, and those skills he used prevented that.”

Those skills were love and compassion.

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Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. Agorist is also the Editor at Large at the Free Thought Project. Follow @MattAgorist on Twitter, Steemit, and now on Facebook.
  • Damiana

    Finally, a video I can watch without taking a handful of pills first! What strikes me most poignantly is his IMMEDIATE remorse upon learning that he’d been threatening good people. Cops who run in screaming (often contradictory) orders and brandishing guns simply VALIDATE a mentally ill person’s paranoia and anger.

    God bless both of these men!

  • Jaalleman

    Thanks for letting me comment. Long time lurker but rare commenter. I wanted to point out for my American brothers and sisters that this type of thing is fairly common in many parts of the world. I myself have witnessed quite a few incidents that in the US would have been a certain execution.

    I once witnessed a man with an AK type rifle (actually two rifles one belonged to his dead partner who just got killed in a shoot out and it was slang over his shoulder) although to his credit he kept the muzzle pointed down and never raised it. He was semi-surrounded by armed police who some times shot the ground around his feet but practically begged him not to force them to have his blood on their hands – their words.

    After quite a stand off, they let a civilian – and old man who said he knew the man and would make him surrender go to him. The old man approached him, talked to him and took the rifles from him then he got arrested. Can you see that happening in the US? The part of the world that this incident happened is “lawless, violent and backward” according to American main stream media – go figure

    • Dan Quixoté

      Yes. Thank you. Yes.

      This is how it’s supposed to work.

  • Gordon Klock

    A little love, & compassion, can go a surprisingly long way, in negotiating & resolving any conflict, too bad North American cops seem to have been thoroughly trained to respond with violent fear………
    (Some people seem to think that ‘understanding’ is some sort of ‘bad thing’)…

  • Dan Quixoté

    Yes. Thank you.

    This is how it worked and still does in the flyover forests and farmlands where I’m from. This is how it works in our unincorprated Libertarian enclave, so well that cops live *here* because WE keep it safe and unpatrolled by the state.

    Let’s continue to teach our friends, family, neighbors, and acquaintances that WE, not the police, are the sane agents of peace and safety.

    We can put the State out of a job, by taking care of everyone we bump into, to the greatest extent we can. Even the stinkers. Especially the stinkers. They’re the ones who need it most.

  • junktex

    Guess they weren’t trained in Israel

  • Sillywilly

    Here it would have been bang, bang bang…put the…bang, bang, bang, bang, bang…knife…bang, bang, bang, bang, bang…down…bang, bang, bang……………..bang. Sorry, had one left in the mag.