The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department invited people from various news media outlets to take part in a simulated test where the news crews had to try to control somebody simulating resisting arrest.
The news crews accepted, and got to see first-hand how difficult it was (video below.)
David Sentendrey with FOX 46 posted the following message to Facebook along with video of his experience:
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department invited FOX 46 Charlotte and other media members to see -- and feel -- how difficult it is to take down someone who is resisting arrest.
There are a lot of questions you have to ask yourself. Does this person have a weapon? What are their intentions? It's a case-by-case basis.
I was asked to take down several police recruits without punching, kicking or hitting them in any way. This is a controlled environment where we knew everything would be OK -- the real thing would surely get your heart racing.
As you can see in the video, the news crews learned that it wasn't so easy to take down a resisting suspect.
Do you think that this experience will soften their criticism of police who have to use force during an arrest?