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Chief: Assault of cop, takedown of suspect proves utility of body cams

Police chief is praising his agency’s investment in body cameras after a video captured an incident that may have been misconstrued as excessive force


By PoliceOne Staff

CELINA, Texas — The police chief of the Celina Police Department is praising the agency’s investment in body cameras after a video captured an incident that may have been misconstrued as excessive force.

NBC-DFW reports the officer in the video responded to a domestic disturbance when a struggle occurred. 

The department released a video capturing the takedown from two angles — one from the officer’s dash cam and a second from the officer’s body-worn camera.

In the dash cam video, it appears the officer takes down the suspect, high on heroin, “for no reason,” according to the department. 

The body camera tells a different story. As seen in the video, the suspect throws a punch at the officer in an attempt to escape. 

A vehicle in front of the pair blocked the dash cam’s view of the assault.

"I think the future of policing is transparency," Police Chief Mark Metdker told NBC-DFW. "Let's be as transparent as possible. We have nothing to hide."

The man was arrested without further incident. 

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