Shadwell, UK — Shocking video was uploaded to YouTube showing an attack on police officers. Instead of killing their adversaries, however, these Metropolitan cops maintained their cool and no one was seriously injured.
The incident began during a traffic stop when a group of men began harassing the officers. Eventually, the men began initiating physical violence against the cops.
According to a Met Police spokesman, the fight broke out after police stopped a car in Shadwell, Tower Hamlets, around 5.30pm on Wednesday, 3 August.
The males became more aggressive and subsequently assaulted the officers, the spokesperson said.
As the fight breaks out, the officers used only pepper spray to keep their attackers at bay.
After the video was published to Reddit, people were quick to call out the difference between cops in the United States and cops in Britain.
“Imagine how differently this would have been if this happened in America,” said a Reddit user.
“Top of Form British police officers making American police officers look unprofessional, as usual – after 5 minutes of scuffle, the police STILL warns the guy ‘One more step and I will spray you.’ Nobody got seriously hurt that day,” said another poster.
Two police constables were treated for minor injuries.
Four males were arrested on suspicion of various offenses including assault on police, obstruction, and Public Order Act offenses.
In the United States police kill people on average, every 8 hours. Very few of these deaths are ever ruled unjustified, even when police are caught on video killing unarmed people who pose absolutely no threat.
The escalation of deadly force by American police is unprecedented when compared to the rest of the first world.
So far this month, American police have killed 66 people.
By contrast, China, whose population is 4 and 1/2 times the size of the United States, recorded 12 killings by law enforcement officers in all of 2014.
More people were killed by American police in just the last thirty days than were killed in 2015 in Germany, England, China, Canada, France, Japan, Spain, Switzerland, and Iceland — combined.
According to the United Kingdom’s statistics on the police use of firearms, English cops discharged their weapons a total of 80 times since the turn of the millennium.
In stark contrast to UK cops, however, In the month of June alone, American cops sent 100 people to an early grave.
If this doesn’t highlight a serious problem with American police, then nothing will.
How many mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters would still have their families if American police acted more like British police?
For the naysayers who think that this case is an isolated act of heroism, think again. The lack of deadly force is so common by police in European countries that it’s not only been documented multiple times, but it’s been caught on film multiple times.
It is high time this country looks closely at the way it trains its police force.
This excessive violence has gotten so bad that American police chiefs are being sent to Scotland to learn steps to change this deadly paradigm. A former hostage negotiator with the Boston police department, Chuck Wexler, brought a team of cops across the pond in a last stitch effort to curb killer cops, and his story was documented by Sky News.
According to Sky News:
As the two sets of police officers met, Mr Wexler described how if confronted by a suspect holding a rock an American officer would pull out his gun.
“You’re going to kill someone for throwing a rock. That’s what you’re gonna do,” said Mr Wexler.
“How would society over here think about you shooting someone with a rock? They would not accept it.”
The senior American officers, from forces such as the NYPD and LAPD, watched demonstrations at Police Scotland training centres.
Sky News cameras joined them as they went out on patrol in Glasgow, and watched as unarmed police dealt with a variety of potentially violent situations.
What the report showed is that cops in Scotland know how to avoid confrontation. Instead of immediately resorting to deadly violence, the Scottish cop will step back, use protective shields, or move behind a car for protection.
What the report also found is that American police have a knack for verbally escalating situations too.
Sergeant Jim Young trains hundreds of Scottish police recruits every year.
“The American style of policing, it’s very authoritative,” he said.
“There’s a difference of going in, straight up at this level, whereby you’re ordering people, you’re shouting at them. You can’t go anywhere after that.
“But if you start down low you can adjust your communications to suit.”
Basically, what this experience is showing is that American police are aggressive both verbally and physically — and it’s deadly.
The good news is that there are cops out there that know this and they are taking action, like the chiefs going to Scotland, to correct it.
“It’s about time that we step up and this is our chance,” said Mr. Wexler. “It’s a crisis but it’s also our chance to do the right thing.”
While the chiefs going to Scotland to learn how not to kill is certainly positive, the violence enacted against random police officers, like the tragic events in Dallas, will be used to justify cops declaring the American public as their enemy.
Below is this eye-opening video of American cops learning to be less violent. This training cannot happen soon enough, as America is already on track to kill over 1,000 citizens in 2016.