VIDEO: Outrage Over Video Of Arrest, Then Chief Tells Them How It Is

The Roseville police chief has spoken out in defense of his officers who were being criticized for their arrest tactics.

Roseville, MN – The Roseville police chief has come forward to defend his officers after a video of an arrest went viral and sparked a hailstorm of criticism for the way the suspect was handled (video below).

“Force used by law enforcement is never pretty to look at and Roseville police officers use it judiciously when taking someone into custody," Roseville Police Chief Rick Mathwig said in a statement published in a press release by the department on May 30.

"Detailed reports were written by the officers involved in this incident and I previously reviewed them,” He added.

“In the video you saw two officers, one on each side of the male they were taking into custody. You can see the male subject’s right arm is alongside his body and you also see the officer struggling to move the suspect’s arm behind his back in order to apply handcuffs. The male subject uses his strength to defeat this. The other officer struck the upper right arm several times. The report indicates the officer did this in order to obtain compliance from the suspect and effect the arrest,” the chief explained.

“The officer pauses in between the strikes to give the suspect enough time to comply. Sadly, the suspect does not comply until other officers arrived and with enough combined strength to finally overcome the suspect’s active resistance. You do not see any strikes to the head of the suspect because officers were acting in compliance with the Roseville Police Department’s Use of Force policy and training. They give measured responses to the active resistance of the suspect,” the chief said, allowing that the officer’s use of force against the suspect was justified.

The Roseville Police Department said it was releasing details from the police report of the incident that occurred on May 22 in order to give context and clarity to the video circulating on the Internet, KSTP reported.

Police said dispatchers at the Ramsey County Emergency Communication Center received several 911 calls reporting a domestic disturbance in the 600-block of Highway 36.

One of the callers told 911 that a resident had asked her to call to have a male removed, KSTP reported.

Two officers responded to the call, and were advised ahead of arrival that residents at the address had been hostile to police in the past.

The first officer to arrive found the male and female still engaged in a loud argument. When the officer attempted to separate them, the woman hit the man on the side of the head, according to the press release.

When the second officer arrived, they were able to separate the pair, and the man stepped outside with one officer to be questioned. When that officer attempted to place the man in handcuffs, he resisted and ignored police commands.

Both officers attempted to take the man into custody without success. They Tased him but it had little effect, and they tried a chemical agent spray and that was ineffective as well, the press release said.

Officers were finally able to bring the suspect to the ground, but still couldn’t get his arms and hands under control to put handcuffs on him. Officers feared he was reaching for a weapon because he kept going for his waist area, the press release explained.

That’s when the video, which has since gone viral, began. The video showed two officers struggling with a man who was face down on the ground.

“They asked him to get down, he wouldn’t get down,” a woman filming said by way of explanation as the video began.

In the video, the man struggled violently as officer tried to put his hands behind his back to handcuff him.

“He got a spine injury!” the woman yelled at the officers.

“It an attempt to get his hand away from his waist area and gain control of his arms, officers performed several strikes to his shoulder area. The strikes seemed to have minimal effect on the male,” according to the press release.

“Why are you punching him? Why are you punching him? He got a spine injury!” the woman shrieked at the officers in the video.

The suspect had been screaming and grunting unintelligibly in the video up until that point. And then suddenly he began speaking clearly to the officer, the video showed.

“I got a f—king spine injury!” the suspect yelled.

“Well then you should have listened,” one of the officers fired back at him.

The press release said the officers were finally able to gain control of his hands and hold the suspect down until additional officers arrived. Police said that at one point, the suspect looped his fingers around the front of his waistband.

“Are you getting all this?” one woman off-camera asked the other, referring to the struggle.

“There’s no black police officers – that’s crazy,” another woman said.

Both women behind the camera repeatedly told the suspect to shut up times during the altercation, in between screaming at the officers.

“Y’all trying to kill him. Y’all trying to kill him!” one of the women accused the officers as the video ended.

Finally, police arrested the suspect and transported him to the hospital. At that point, he told officers he’d been struggling with mental health issues and that his doctor had wanted to admit him to the hospital earlier that day, according to the press released.

He was released from custody to seek mental health treatment at the hospital, police said.

Comments (33)
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RunCop
RunCop

No matter what city or town the lowest common denominator's are all the same......

Ijakob
Ijakob

Damn... all the boy had to do was shut up and comply... that easy, but all he wanted to do was fight, and the bimbo yelling at the LEO's didn't help him any...

Kjvkjv
Kjvkjv

This is a test I'm trying to get in here to be part of the conversation

Kjvkjv
Kjvkjv

I had previously replied and then it asked me to sign in to Blue lives matter so I did now I can't get to any of my other previous replies which is just a mess

usac95
usac95

the loud mouth girls in the back ground should shut up all the dumb ass had to do was get handcuffed and act like a human being instead of a manic

BigDiDaddy
BigDiDaddy

Great Job Officers. So he has a spine injury?? Bullcrap, he sure resisted with his so called spinal injury.

Konservgrammy
Konservgrammy

Kudos to the Cops!

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Looks like a reasonable use of force to me. Sad to watch, but looks like police reaction was reasonably necessary. Good explanations by the Chief.

cspcapt
cspcapt

he has a brain injury no brains

Palaile08
Palaile08

What about the woman hitting him? Did she remember his ‘spine injury’ then? She sure remembered it when the officers were struggling to get him to comply. Stupid bitch.😡

Cstuartsr
Cstuartsr

It’s funny how they only film part of the arrest, it’s never the whole thing. These officers were called to assist because he was whooping somebody’s butt then they don’t like the way he was arrested. Then when he would not comply and the officers are using the necessary force to effect the arrest they go to hollering he has a spine injury. It’s always either they are mental or they were injured. Then the race card came out!! Next time when he starts whooping your a$& don’t call the police, you handle it yourself! I am so glad this Chief stood up for his officers!! More chiefs or administrators needs to follow suit!

jimT
jimT

would be nice if the woman causing all the commotion could be arrested for interfering with law enforcement in the performance of their duties

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

Yup.....reasonable force, with a violent offender, and I'm glad to see a chief stand up for his officers.

LEO0301
LEO0301

Hallelujah! A chief backing his men doing their job....who would have thought that was even possible.

LEO0301
LEO0301

And good job by the officers. I noticed the one officer even tried a pressure point with this guy and it didn't work.

Kjvkjv
Kjvkjv

There are two different feeds to this posting.. .. and now I'm caught up on two different feeds and people asking me or making comments and I can't even get back on the one that's needed to reply on .. inSane

Mic911
Mic911

Gotta love the one lady that says there "ain't no black police officers, that's crazy" ... ok then next time we will hold your call until we can get you a black officer out there for you!! Dumbass f'n people, what planet are they from?? Kudos to a Chief who stands behind his officers, who performed their duties correctly!

Sherb13
Sherb13

Let's not forget that one of the officers went full neolithic and roasted the suspect's dumb ass.

MiguelDominguez
MiguelDominguez

Honest to god, I don't know what I hate more in videos like this: the suspect who never complies or the ignorant, entitled bystanders -always women for some reason- going apeshit crazy shouting crap hysterically at the Police and assuming 'Police brutality' by default. That has always been the case, but then some fuckers invented social media and comment sections, and now I just want to kill myself.

Saints
Saints

The lady screaming should be as she was ignored the dumb ass getting arrested should have complied from the get go specially " IF HE JUST HAD SURGERY"... HOW STUPID SOME PEOPLE ARE!!!!...

LEO0301
LEO0301

Same old shit, just a different city.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

OMG!!! Will you bitches shut the hell up!! And stop making the suspect the victim!! If he had just complied, none of this would have happened. He brought this on himself. And next time, handle this shit yourself and don't call 911 ever again!! It's always either "They have mental issues" or "They are pregnant" excuses!! Sick of this ignorant crap!! Take some damn responsibility!!!!!!

Budman
Budman

Color of skin has nothing to do with crime just stupidity!!!

Bambie
Bambie

Thanks for the clarification....all he had to do was comply

RitaT
RitaT

if he had such a spinal injury why is it he is fighting so hard .. i call bullshit .

LaneysSis
LaneysSis

Wouldn't you all just loved to bitch-slap the hell out of these loud mouth women? Line up behind me.

Budman
Budman

I will hit the thug after pants are pulled up.

hampshire
hampshire

Just comply no issue. And have a little chat with gal off to left— hopefully her video went to defend officer but betting that not the intent 🤪

Szrudy3
Szrudy3

Yes it all on camera. He might have heard and understood what they were saying if somebody would have shut up. Also if he had not fought with them, things might have been different

Sue Lynn
Sue Lynn

This is soooo a set up to bring lawsuit against Police Dept.

Coachclint32
Coachclint32

First off if this guy had a “spine injury” he would not have been fighting so hard, also most likely would not have been able to either. I also want to say what a fantastic job these officers did with restraint, not using to much force only throwing blows to the shoulder. I am sure they could have used a lot more force to get his hands behind his back but they did not good thing to considering how much this blew up with what little they did use. Great job Officers executed to perfection 👍👍

realDonaldTrump
realDonaldTrump

My predecessor set this in motion, but I will fix it. Police will be respected once again.

shooter
shooter

Everyone wants to play the Cop Lottery these days.

The sad thing is, they will continue to win more than they had to start off with, even if the cops are justified.