Most of us have seen videos of police appearing to use excessive force on citizens who appear to be resisting arrest.
I was a police training officer for six years with a large, Atlanta metro police department. The following rules I used to help keep rookie officers out of trouble:
#1. Don't let your mouth get your a-- in trouble.
#2. He who remains silent wins in the end.
#3. He who loses his temper has lost half the battle.
#4. He who loses his balance has lost the other half.
#5. When in doubt, write a report.
#6. When really in doubt, DON'T DO A DAMN THING.
#7. When all else fails, revert back to rule #1.
I am 78 years of age, retired since 1996, and none of those I trained, to the best of my knowledge, have ever been suspended or fired for excessive force.
My nephew joined the Springfield, Oregon police force a few years ago and I asked him if he remembers my seven rules. He said he does, and has the rules taped to his briefcase.
God bless this country and those who serve.