Police save child from woman holding knife to throat

Incident from Sydney, Australia.

The footage shows a 28-year-old woman holding down a 13-year-old boy, waving a knife around and yelling “I’m going to kill someone” and repeatedly declaring she is an “ice addict”.

Police officers approached the woman from the front, while one officer came in from behind her to pull her off the teen, dragging her away before three other officers hold her to the ground.

The woman can be heard screaming while the officers detain her.

The boy then escaped and was not physically injured during the incident.

Police officer draws gun too close, is grabbed by suspect

A police officer draws her weapon and covers the suspect within arm’s reach on a bus. A struggle for the gun ensues before a second officer assists.

  • A suspect may not comply even with a gun drawn on them
  • Maintaining a safe distance is necessary even if the suspect is unarmed
  • Entering the bus was completely unnecessary in the first instance as it only created more risk due to the confined space
  • Grappling and ground fighting skills are still required even if guns are available

Police struggle to arrest man using baton (pain compliance)

The police officer holding the leg of the suspect has been derided many times on the internet. And it does look somewhat comical the way he is dragged around by the suspect.

However, his actions are effective in preventing the suspect from escaping. It is the other officer who should then be taking advantage of this by clinching with the suspect to take him down. Instead, he attempts to use his baton to effect pain compliance which fails. He only continues to use the baton which makes them both look foolish.

This is yet another example of why police need at least fundamental grappling skills, and their training is often not up to the task.