There’s been a lot of debate lately about interactions between law enforcement officers and the public. However, there is little to discuss in this video. Jumping out of your car, pointing your finger at an officer, yelling incoherently and then aggressively approaching a police car is probably not the best solution.
Sheriff Gordon Smith – Bradford County, FL Sheriff posted the above video along with the following description on his Facebook page last week:
Recently, Lawtey Police Officer, Jay Raulerson, was confronted with a dangerous situation during a call to assist a motorist.
Officer Raulerson was notified by passing motorists about a silver Toyota stopped in the median with the driver attempting to wave down vehicles. As he pulled up to render assistance, the subject suddenly exited his vehicle and aggressively approached Officer Raulerson.
With literally seconds to decide his response, Officer Raulerson used a less than lethal tactic to bring the situation under control. After further investigation, the subject was taken into custody for a medical evaluation prior to pursuing any criminal charges.
The suspect earned himself a ride on the lightning and the guy who has that billboard for rent in the background got a lot of free publicity.