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Hawthorne, Calif. – A fight between Hawthorne cops and a citizen was captured on a cell phone video that has surfaced on social media.

According to a press release from the Hawthorne Police Department, officers responded to a disturbance call at an area shopping center.

A caller had informed police that a black male was asking people for money and then threatening them if they refused.

The video shows the cops attempting to ID and detain a man, with him refusing and then fighting back when the officers attempt to grab him.

The ensuing scuffle goes on for almost a minute, with officers and the man going toe-to-toe. The footage ends when one of the officers gets laid out by the man as he lands a solid punch to an officer’s face.

Subsequently the man was tasered by an officer and taken into custody, according to the police press release.

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The most miraculous part of the video is seeing that officers, although being in the midst of a knock down drag out fight, didn’t feel a need to pull their firearms and kill the man.

Often in these situations cops will kill under the color of law, using the guise of utilizing whatever force was necessary to effect the arrest.

Had these officers pulled their weapons and shot the man dead, they most likely would have been exonerated of any wrongdoing by simply using the excuse that they feared for their lives.

We want to commend these officers for being able to subdue a suspect that is combative and assaulting officers without needing to resort to the use of deadly force.

If more officers took this approach instead of simply killing citizens without necessity, community relations between the public and cops would most likely not be in the extremely terrible condition it is currently.


Jay Syrmopoulos is an investigative journalist, freethinker, researcher, and ardent opponent of authoritarianism. He is currently a graduate student at University of Denver pursuing a masters in Global Affairs. Jay's work has previously been published on and You can follow him on Twitter @sirmetropolis, on Facebook at Sir Metropolis and now on tsu.