VIDEO: 'They F-ed Him Up,' Outrage After Officers Recorded Winning A Fight

Police were recorded winning a fight with a suspect, which has prompted outrage from many.

St. Joseph, MO – A bystander who recorded a now-viral video of St. Joseph police officers fighting with a combative suspect said he posted the footage to social media in order to “open up a dialogue” regarding the incident, The Kansas City Star reported (video below).

The altercation occurred outside Central High at approximately 6:30 p.m. on Apr. 16, when the St. Joseph Police Department received a report about a man “looking in vehicles and taking photos of younger females,” Captain Jeff Wilson told The Kansas City Star.

An officer encountered 31-year-old Zachary Smith in the area.

Bryan Briscoe, who was at the school for his daughter’s track meet, said he heard one of the officers arguing with Smith, and that the officer used pepper spray to subdue the combative man.

Briscoe then turned on his cell phone video camera, and ran to the area of the altercation.

"I turned my phone on and I ran up. I thought this was going to be a local video, and it went viral. I just filmed what I saw, and posted it," Briscoe told The Kansas City Star. "People have no clue what's going on right now. They're so quick to assume that the guy was on meth."

Smith admitted he had used methamphetamine and was “showing signs of usage,” Capt. Wilson told the News Press.

Briscoe, who made no attempt to assist the officer, recorded as a lone officer struggled to subdue Smith on the ground, the video showed.

A second officer arrived at the scene within seconds.

The officers issued commands for Smith to put his hands behind his back, but he continued to resist their efforts, and at one point was able to roll from his stomach to his back, the video showed.

One officer delivered several knee strikes to Smith’s abdomen. Smith began yelling for help, but refused to stop fighting with the officers.

After a Taser was deployed, Smith became more compliant, and several other officers arrived to help place him into handcuffs.

“They f**ked him up,” Briscoe said in the video.

“I told you to put your hands behind your back several times,” one officer could be heard telling Smith, just before officers placed the suspect in the back of a patrol vehicle.

Smith had a city warrant at the time of his arrest, and was also charged with resisting arrest, The Kansas City Star reported.

Briscoe subsequently posted the cell phone video to Facebook with the caption, “A MUST WATCH VIDEO!” The Kansas City Star reported.

“How it happened, there was no need for that,” he told the paper.

“I don’t want people fighting with each other,” Briscoe told the News Press. “I never expected this to happen. I just want a dialogue.”

He said he believed the officers used “some excessive force,” but acknowledged that Smith should not have resisted arrest.

“Should the dude have complied more? Yes, I can say that,” Briscoe told the News Press.

According to KQTV, Smith’s mother, Rhonda Evans, disputed officers’ claims that her son admitted to having been under the influence of methamphetamine at the time of the altercation.

She argued that Smith had schizophrenia, and that he was experiencing a manic episode at the time of his arrest, The Kansas City Star reported.

"I'm at a complete loss here,” Evans said. "[He] is not violent at all. With this sickness, he gets manic, but he's not violent."

Smith’s family said they would be seeking legal representation, KQTV reported.

Investigation into the officers’ use of force was ongoing, and will be reviewed by department supervisors, as per protocol, a St. Joseph PD spokesperson told The Kansas City Star.

Watch footage of the officers’ altercation with Smith in the video below:

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Hannibal
Hannibal

Why am I even watching this. Typical arrest of an asshole who doesn't comply.

3dogs
3dogs

3 dogs

TheDude
TheDude

I'm confused, the suspect is white so who the hell cares... But seriously, criminal getting what he deserves is all I see.

EstCruz
EstCruz

I think he got off lightly for the way he was resisting. If that had been me on the ground doing that I would expect to get hit in the face a few punches and a few knees to the ribs and maybe swatted with a night stick until I complied and I would deserve that doing what he did. Comply, and have your day in court and nobody gets hurt, because it isn't likely you are getting away and more likely to get deaded fighting the cops. This isn't GTA 5 and you don't get a respawn lmao

EstCruz
EstCruz

Totally right. I am surprised the camera dude didn't try to help the maniac. That would have made this video even better......seeing his phone fall as he got zapped with the taser and then hearing him scream in agony crying he got taken down lol. If he wasn't such a puss he would have went and helped that officer and laid on the guys legs or something useful instead of watch and complain afterwards.

rovaz
rovaz

Job well done, Officers. All he had to do was comply with the commands. Instead he chose the hard way. No matter what, the out come will be the same, he will be arrested. The guy video taping had no idea what the arrest was for. Instead he supply and comment with no knowledge to what was happening. There should be some kind of Law in doing what the guy video taping did. There was no truth since the person video taping had no idea what was going on and the officers were doing their jobs. Maybe he should have put down the camera and ask the officer if he needed assistance.

ReserveDepty3431
ReserveDepty3431

I really don’t see how excessive force was used. They used the amount of force needed to subdue someone who was non compliant. The amount of force was indirect proportion to the amount of resistance. Good job officers. To the “man” who videoed this, hand in your man card.

kycopmom
kycopmom

By the time the cops are called, any treatment for a diagnosis of "mania" has not worked. The cop's job is to get control of the situation. If a mentally disturbed person gets a hold of the cop's gun and kills him, then he is just as dead.

gfc1963
gfc1963

Nothing wrong there. Don't resist arrest and you don't get a beating. Simples.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

All I see is someone resisting arrest, so he deserved everything he got!! Police are not psychiatrist!!

JBo
JBo

You wanna "open a dialog"? How about this dialog: Take pictures of young girls while trespassing on school property and looking for cars to break in, admit to having used meth and resist arrest. Go straight to jail with lumps and bruises. The idiot filming should be thankful that the officer arrived when he did before he started taking pictures of the idiot's daughter or doing worse.

Dr Shoe
Dr Shoe

Another "Jeenusssess" with an Honorary Law Degree from Crackerjack, but still doesn't know how to use his phone to shoot video properly!

Brandon Kirk
Brandon Kirk

Looks legit to me. This is what happens when you don't comply.

charlesjandecka
charlesjandecka

Schizophrenic? Sorry mom ... he complied immediately upon being tased. Truly crazy people don't normally do that!

LEO0301
LEO0301

You don't seem to have any idea of how the real world works. The department I worked for took a baker act patient to the mental health clinic. After he was dropped off he proceeded to kill three people, including the intake counselor, with his bare hands. The officers don't have the luxury of sitting down with the patient in a nice controlled environment to determine why he was trying to get close to little girls. Also, police officers get extensive training dealing with the mentally ill.

LEO0301
LEO0301

I don't know what some people expect from police officers who are trying to make an arrest of a violent person. You can never win the battle by only using the same level of force as is being used against you. The officers in this case handled the situation properly and should be congratulated on a job well done instead of having to defend themselves on social media. The clown who took the video was more interested in his 15 minutes under the spot light rather than doing the right thing and helping the officer. Sad days we live in.

evanlondon
evanlondon

Ok, he is a pedophile resisting arrest. If I saw him taking pictures of my Jr. High School daughter it would be the police tasing me!

Thumper392
Thumper392

The only thing excessive was the suspect's resistance. Good job guys! It's easy to criticize police work when a person has never done it. My worst resistance was a petite 17 year old girl on PCP... quite a battle.

tday1973
tday1973

You are right..my son goes off the deep end and I have to call the sheriff's dept to send deputies (hopefully 4 or 5) to manhandle him and get him to the hospital...And I can tell when he is headed down that path and all I can do is call for help..warn them in advance that he don't want to go but he has to and that he is going to fight and please don't kill him..and they finally get him down, handcuffed and on way to hospital (mental) and they stay with him until he is at the lock down ward...thank God they are there when I need help.

FrogHill
FrogHill

Hard crossface. HARD CROSSFACE DAMN IT; LOOSEN HIS TEETH!

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lisahawks
lisahawks

the man was resisting arrest, he got what he deserved...and the man who was videotaping is a loser for not helping the officer

Namvet 69
Namvet 69

Appears the officers utilized the utmost restraint. Don’t resist, moron.

Mikem71
Mikem71

How do you think you would do, trying to cuff a combative suspect? Everyone is an expert, they think they know how to do a cops job.

ifreemantoo
ifreemantoo

"Also, police officers get extensive training dealing with the mentally ill." Really! Perhaps the extensive training needs to change or if such good training is in place then some officers should be charged criminally in other circumstances.

This particular take down is unremarkable to me. But I do wonder if it seemed the man was suspected a little erratic or "mental" if perhaps the first officer should have called for back up first. The man became a danger once he was grabbed. I can imagine there are times where the luxury of more officers is not convenient, but I'm not sure that's the case here.

LEO0301
LEO0301

SMH! Are you or were you ever a police officer? Have you ever encountered a violent person on the street and had to do something immediately or risk having them hurt themselves or others? We are not trained psychologists, we are police officers who are paid to enforce the laws. Officers do their best under very difficult situations and for you to Monday morning quarterback from the safety of your home absolutely disgusts me. Also, there are many times a police officer doesn't have the luxury of waiting for backup to arrive. It depends on the size of the department, the availability of the officers who can help in any given situation, and other factors. I hate people like you who know nothing about real world situations who think they are the experts because they own a computer and social media account.