It’s possible to detain a subject without resorting to lethal weapons at the first opportunity — and four Swedish police officers showed how it was done Wednesday.
The officers — Samuel Kvarzell, Markus Asberg, Eric Jansberger, and Erik Naslund — were riding on uptown No. 6 train to see “Les Miserables” when a fight erupted between two homeless men. The officers responded to the call for help, and a bystander began recording the confrontation on their cell phone.
The video shows both men on the ground, having been pulled apart by the officers. One of the brawlers is flanked by two of the officers, while the other two kneel on the second man — the more belligerent of the two — and hold him to the floor.
One of the officers asks the seated man how he feels; he replies that he feels fine.
The other man, meanwhile, struggles against the officers pinning him on the floor. He repeatedly screams “I can’t breathe,” to which one officer calmly replies “take it easy” and “Sir, calm down, OK? Everything is going to be OK.”
The Swedish officers held the men until the NYPD could board the train and take the pair into custody.
When asked what they were doing, Officer Asberg replied, “We came just to make sure no one got hurt. We were trying to stop the fight.”
And the officers didn’t even demand the cell phone video.
Police are necessary in our society. Police brutality is not — and these four officers are living proof of that.
You can watch the video below:
[h/t and cover image RS]