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Hamilton police arrest video goes viral

12/12/2013 09:27 EST | Updated 02/11/2014 05:59 EST
A video of a police takedown and arrest in Hamilton is garnering international interest online for the way two officers handled a suspect who is resisting.

With a crowd watching, these two Hamilton police officers spend several minutes subduing and arresting a woman who is screaming and calling out about being hurt as they try to handcuff her. Once she's in handcuffs and in the back of their police cruiser, the breathless officer then explains to the crowd exactly what he was doing.

“Our domestic policy is very specific. Without going into detail, this young woman has broken the law, and we were attempting to place her under arrest and she began to resist," he said to the people watching. “I’m doing my best not to hurt that girl. Our mandate is to affect arrests while doing the minimum amount of damage to people as possible. And that’s what I tried to do.”

He explains that he only used "soft hand techniques," so no punches, kicks or forceful throws to the ground were used to subdue the suspect.

“I’m not going to get into a long wrestling match with a young girl, because the longer she fights, the more likely one of the two of us is going to get hurt,” he said.

The man shooting the video questions the amount of force being used, but the officer reiterates again his approach.

“While it may appear to be very rough to you — and I apologize for you having to see that — but I have the lawful authority to arrest her and I am obligated to arrest her.”

Many people online praised the officers for the way they handled the situation:

"It's great that they captured this on film, but that's something that happens every day," police Const. Debbie McGreal-Dinning told CBC Hamilton.

She said the video was shot on Sunday morning on the East Mountain, and involved a domestic situation.

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