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Friday, May 9, 2014

Ambulance Dispatched For Tazer Intervention / 2 Emporium Residents Jailed In Lieu Of Bail

TRAFFIC VIOLATION/COMPLNT/HAZRD
Address: AREA OF 200 E ALLEGANY AVE
City: EMPORIUM
Cross Streets: E 6TH STREET EXT * N SPRUCE ST
TAZER INTERVENTION
Agency: EMPORIUM AMBULANCE
5/9/2014 11:41:47 AM


Emporium Police officers called for an ambulance to check out a person who they reportedly tazered Friday while making an arrest in Emporium Boro. 

A relative of the persons arrested posted a photo on Facebook calling the tazering police brutality and unnecessary. Here's the post Amber Moate asked everyone to share:




https://www.facebook.com/amber.moate?fref=photo

 We've only seen Amber's description of what happened, but Emporium Police arrested the people below shown in the District Court online documents below for some pretty serious charges. They were arraigned and sent to jail in lieu of $20,000. cash bail each set by District Judge Barry Brown. 

Judge Brown does not fax us affidavits of probable cause, so we can't tell you what the officers side of this story is. Perhaps they will fax us their affidavits or a news release to 814-544-9907 so we can hear their side of the story.


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54 comments :

Anonymous said...

Seems to me the police we doing their job. How bout you put yourself in their position. Or next time you need the police ask yourself if they'll use too much force for your liking.

Anonymous said...

Yes The cops are doing a good job in this town. Most of you griping and complaining about this need to let the police do there job. That's whats wrong here in Emporium. Everybody knows everybody and the fools want to defend the criminals here because their my friend or my relative. Get the facts first folks don't come to the conclusion it's the cops fault.

Like Momma Always Said Be A Good Boy And Put On Clean Underwear said...

Wow, these officers came up to this scene and for "NO reason, pushed a 52 year old woman to the ground?" Possibly she was intervening when the little angel was being arrested? Granted, I wasn't there, but the picture does tell part of the story. One in cuffs, the other right next to him "possibly" trying to intervene with the arresting officer(s)? To sum it up...Don't commit "vandalism to an educational institution" and this won't happen. Sounds simple enough to me.

Anonymous said...

That kid has been in and out of trouble for quite a while now. Everything from drugs to this. I say put him in and leave him there.

Anonymous said...

Can you imagine what Emporium would be without police protection!

Anonymous said...

There seems to be a lot of that kind of thing going on in our area. Coudersport cant even do a simple wellness check with out screwing it up. The local DAs office has no problem pancaking BS charges. You think a man making 170,000 a yr. might make some attempt to know what his officers and other workers in the "criminal Justice" systems are up to. Until we start voting our elected officials who condone this kind of stuff it will keep happening. Whatever happened to "serve and protect" The local police depts. leave a lot to be desired! The DA needs to get a clue.

Anonymous said...

Mom interfered with the apprehension of a man/her son after he drove through the school parking lot and playground at an excessive rate of speed. He jeapordized the safety of children and teachers and then led the police through town until he pulled into his parents driveway. She may be disabled but has elementary aged children so I have no idea how she is considered elderly. Its a sore situation but if she was tazed without cause then shame on them but I highly doubt she is innocent of doing nothing.

Anonymous said...

Good thing they only tazed her. In the old days they would have rapped her in the head with a billy club. People need to stand clear when officers are making an arrest; they don't know what weapons she/others are carrying. Their jobs are difficult enough without "disabled" parents interfering. And why play the disabled card? She was able enough to butt in.

Anonymous said...

AMEN 10:03!

Anonymous said...

You got that right. She is not elderly . I am sure she was not innocent . Lock up these bad folks in town . The Police State and Local are doing their jobs . Protecting and Serving the law abiding citizens of this town.

Anonymous said...

Kudos to the police for ending this as quickly as possible. Over the radio, it sounded like the officers were under attack. She was warned to stay where she was, and instead decided to take matters into her own hands. The "boy," who is 25 years old, was high on drugs, spun donuts on the playground yard during the school day, within five minutes of one class coming off of it and another going on, then led police on a high speed chase through town at mid-day. How many lives did he endanger? How did they know this "disabled woman" (she walks through town all day long and has birthed a bakers' dozen children--how disabled is she, really?) wasn't packing heat under her sweatpants, or high herself? Obstruction of law enforcement is a crime, so regardless of her intentions, maybe she should've stayed on the porch as she was instructed. Her "boy" is no innocent youngster, and she has continued to enable him in all of his ills. Let's go, judge, for once, throw the book at this kid and maybe he'll get the help his family has refused to get him thus far.

Anonymous said...

If she was so innocent, Why is she next to the guilty person? Often times when an arrest is made, officers will request that NOBODY stand within like 5 feet of them to prevent any interference in the arrest. You can clearly see from the picture she was close enough to touch the boy that was being arrested. So therefore, the more likely turn of events is she ignored repeated requests to back off and let the police do their job, which lead up to them tasering her. And please, the Elderly and/or Disabled card should not get played here. Is she retarded? Does she not understand "Please step back" "Stay away" or "You will be tasered if you do not listen"? If not then she is in plenty good enough shape to understand what she was doing, and to back off instead of refusing repeated requests by officers. And tasering is an approved method of enforcement. It didnt kill or injure her past giving her a bit of a jolt. AND she wouldnt have gotten it HAD SHE LISTENED. So the only one at fault here is that lady, and plus now whoever the person is spreading around false accusations. I hope you do realize that spreading around false info COULD result in criminal prosecution for yourself as well? While yes, there are bad eggs on the police force (as there are anywhere in any agency) it does not mean that EVERYONE of them is, nor does it mean they need people ragging on them when they do what they do. Theres a correct way of doing things, and this aint it.

Anonymous said...

I am familiar with the individuals here. I am glad to see some comments suggesting that there is more to the story than one exploitive digital picture might suggest. Speaking in generalities here, it is sad when parents are so wrapped up in their own pleasures and pursuits that they fail to effectively do their most important (and in the present case ONLY) job of raising their children to be responsible, respectful adults and good citizens. On the other hand, a disability is nothing to be taken lightly and it can explain a lot about a person's behavior, so bear that in mind. This picture in my opinion is not exactly news. Perhaps the results of a blood and/or urine test of the accused male will provide explanatory information. For now let's not speculate or jump to conclusions or assume that the behavior of the officers was as hanus as some folks have claimed.

Anonymous said...

She might have a case depending on how it went down:

In particular, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Tasers can’t be used simply to force a non-violent person to bend to an officer’s will. The court’s reason was that Taser’s X26 stun gun inflicts more pain than other “non-lethal” options:

The physiological effects, the high levels of pain, and foreseeable risk of physical injury lead us to conclude that the X26 and similar devices are a greater intrusion than other non-lethal methods of force we have confronted.

Anonymous said...

WHY CAN THE PUBLIC BUY TAZER'S THEN??? WON'T MENTION ANY NAMES BUT I HEARD THEY CAN BE BOUGHT RIGHT HERE IN CAMERON COUNTY.ALSO THIS WOMAN THEY TAZED I HEARD GETS QUITE RADICAL AT TIMES.PROBABLY DID SO WHEN OUR AWESOME POLICE TOLD HER TO STAY BACK. SHE HAS NO CASE.JUST SAYIN'
WE NEED THIS AWESOME POLICE FORCE HERE.

Anonymous said...

People are missing the issue here. From what a witness claims, she did not run into the situation she was already there when the police arrived. She only told the boy to listen to the officers and to stop resisting. She was then knocked to the ground, stepped on and tased while she was on the ground. The young man in the photo is not the issue here. No one is saying that he is innocent in any of this, the issue lies with how police handled the situation with a non-violent "older", not elderly, woman. How can others feel safe with this going on? Regardless of what the young man did or did not do the police had no right to use a potentially lethal weapon on an older woman when there were plenty of police there to handle it without the use of a weapon.

Anonymous said...

So because the person or persons have a "reputation" that gives the officers the right to do whatever? I am so tired on how the laws work in these little backwoods counties. It's to the point now if a cop pulls me over or comes to my door I want a camera filming. Seen & read to many articles about cops caught abusing people. You know what they say about mice, if you see 1 there's probably a bunch more. That's how I feel about cops anymore. For every cop caught doing dirty there's probably a dozen more just like him that hasn't been caught yet! I also agree about the D.A. in Potter County. He needs to be replaced he's not out for justice he's out to get as many convictions he can get over silly things that could of been handled with a citation. I hope when his terms up a more rational non bias person runs!

Happy Mother's Day Mom? said...

It seems the court of public opinion leans to the fact that the police were not dealing with a choir boy here. The police do their job, as we all do, based on past experience. In chasing this lad and then arresting him, they obviously knew his past history. When Momma came to help out it exacerbated an already heightened situation and the police have to protect not only themselves but the general populace as well. If she were indeed warned to stay back and did not abide by their request, should they have responded by: A) tackling her B) hit her with a nightstick C)drawn a weapon D)used their taser. It seems that in this situation the best option was to use the taser to control the situation. Granted, there is a lot of speculation being used by all of us who were not there but put yourselves in the officers shoes. They had to make a quick decision to diffuse a volatile situation. A Momma's instinct is to protect her young but in this case she should have complied with the police and backed off. If that were the case, the whole situation would not have escalated to the point that this level of force was needed. Unfortunately, the officers look like the bad guys because they tased an "older" lady. The lesson learned here is, abide by the law and the odds are you won't find yourselves in that situation. By Jacob's actions, he finds himself and his Mom in jail with her facing a felony charge right before one of the most treasured of holidays, Mothers Day!!

A Tax Payer said...

Tazed TWICE!!! Excuse me. Did she not learn anything from the first taze?? Is this "OLD,& DISABLED" woman also illiterate?? Come on. Sounds to me like she was defending her GUILTY "Little 25 year old BOY!" And Post 9:15, I'm afraid to imagine. Emporium has become a mecca for drugs! Good for the Police trying to stop it. And as far at the Potter County D.A., why does this have anything to do with him, or Potter County. He also has done a great job. That's why he is in his 2nd term! DUH! Clean up your own messes in Emporium! They both need to serve some time.

Anonymous said...

From individuals watching from across the street she was telling him to comply with the police officers and knowing her it is likely that she raised her voice but she never touched the police officers. She was thrown to the ground in her front yard tazed when she stood up and then tazed again in the neck while sitting on the ground. Yeah that really sounds like she was interfering in their efforts. Also, not defending Jacob's actions he was clearly in the wrong for running from the police. If a police officer has to taze a 52 year old woman who has shown no signs of being a physical threat then we need better training for our police officers. The use of a tazer was excessive no question about that. If you disagree with that you are clearly uneducated. But if you agree that the use of a tazer was warranted then was it necessary to use a tazer on Jacob while he was handcuffed on the ground?

Anonymous said...

Now did the elec volt cure her disability?

Anonymous said...

Please keep this article in the loop. Going to be interesting.

Anonymous said...

The bottom line is this...if you are 150 or so pounds wrestling one person to the ground and you have a woman who has birthed over a dozen kids coming at you like a bat out of h*** you would take whatever action you could to protect yourself. Don't give me this she's elderly and disabled crap. If she was that disabled she shouldn't have interfered with it to begin with. She's far from elderly or older lady since she just had a kid afew years ago. Of course jakes gf/wife whatever is going to say he was home with her, do u think she's going to say oh ya he was out breaking the law. And if he was home then why were the cops chasing him? For real, anyone who defends these people are in the wrong here. And her not being home and in jail for Mother's Day is her own fault. Police don't just tase someone without warning. If the cops didn't handle this then everyone would be complaining they weren't doing their job...get a grip people!

Anonymous said...

I am compelled to add my 2 cents.If that officer could not handle that woman without the tazer. He should not be a police officer. From what I understand the tazer should be used in large muscle area. NOT THE NECK !!! Think about this. Whether these people are bad or outstanding citizens. Force like that has to be used with a level head. Which I think that officer DOES NOT have.What if one of your family members encountered this cop? He is all excited not using a level head,and he pull out his pistol,FIRES.. No turning back. I understand they have a high stress job. BUT.. From what I heard and understand this cop is a wack job. He gives good cops bad reputation!!!!!

Anonymous said...

She probably was acting out and needed "put in check" but I will say both those cops are "boys" who don't have much experience at all! They undoubtedly have an itchy trigger finger. No doubt the honorable state police would have handled this in a much better manor. Number one rule in law enforcement is in fact " finish your shift" aka don't get hurt/ killed. I know you have to start your law enforcement career somewhere but dang these two kids are Green as they come.

Anonymous said...

how do you know she was tasered in the neck and making the generalization that a cop should be able to handle a woman is completely the wrong mindset.

a taser can prevent injury to the person or officer. if the officer had used strikes or kicks everyone would be screaming. if the police were trying to take him into custody, and she interfered then yes, she is now an issue and open to use of force. it definitely appears that he is on the ground and she should not be anywhere close to this scene.

i love all the arm chair quarterbacks. A still frame photo and a biased facebook post tell one side of the story and the photo shows that incident. Id be curious to what brought this encounter on and lead to the picture we see now.

and lastly, a taser affects the central nervous system and sensory nervous system, nothing to do with cardiovascular. it creates a large muscle spasm (central) and inflicts pain (sensory). the duration can last up to five second or be turned off less. a preferred targeting area is large muscle groups for most effective results, but sometimes when you are struggling with a person and they are moving, you cant predict that and other areas are hit my a dark.

Anonymous said...

This lady is well known in emporium, but the cops in this pic are pretty new and not from here. I could see getting pissed off and calling it police brutality if it was officers that have been around here for like 5+ years. But these two in the pic haven't been around long enough to make that kind of judgment. Maybe she overreacted, maybe the cop that tased her overreacted, maybe the people in this town should quit twisting stories around and learn how to tell the truth for once? I do feel bad for her cause she's always been nice to me, but I've also seen her bad side a few times.

Anonymous said...

Two things:
--Everyone forgets that this woman was most likely OUT OF CONTROL, perhaps due to whatever condition she has or the shock and alarm of what was unfolding in front of her. In those situations, sometimes exposed for instance by an instant replay in sports or other 20/20 hindsight opportunities, split-second decisions have to be made. I am just adding some context here.
--The word is not HANUS, IT IS HANOUS. Please somebody stop the madness!

Anonymous said...

I see so much bad news coming from Emporium... bad town and getting worse. Cops will be cops and idiots will be idiots and the drama shall live on. The best solution to this problem would have been for the cops to not have gotten caught up in the heat of moment, as they often do. In saying that I would like to add that everyone in this story is human and not perfect and everyone needs to quit being such haters and try to find the positive in a story rather than the negative. more and more haters... give it a rest and quit bitchin...get off your computer reading asses and do something in your community to help the situation. Expect everyone to make the changes and bitch when its not what you wanted... total BS.

Anonymous said...

The dispatcher said there was an erracticle driver that left the school parking lot area. If the actor killed or injured a child at the school or a person crossing the street. The court of public opinion would be for the person that was jepordized. For every person that was on the road, sidewalk, etc. he had a mile worth of roadway that he put a lot of people in danger. I do hope that the police did a BAC on the man, maybe that could add another charge. Knowing the background on both the Mother and Son they are not so innocent. Their actions in the past and the police knowing them, it was the safest and professional method they used to control the situation. The police officers put their lives on the line to protect us. I did see for myself the police were searching the yard for something. I hope they found it to add another charge to the danger we were forced into by the actions of the individuals on Friday.

Anonymous said...

Actually, the word is "heinous" a particularly odious act or crime.

Anonymous said...

I will continue to say that all police officers in this area are worthless. They get off on targeting the innocent and letting the troublemakers go free. They think they are superior just because they wear a badge. Well think again, because that badge doesn't make you anything. Praying for the true victim here, a mother who was no doubt worried about her child and wanting to protect him, when this becomes a problem, then you know there is trouble. This is such a sad and pathetic town. People only come together for those with a special name, or a hefty bank account. I pity all of these people because in the end your name and possessions will get you no where. Nice job, Po Po, you have proven to be a shame again :/

Anonymous said...

Last poster please exercise your right to move, one less putz will make it a better place.

Anonymous said...

I worry about all of the duress this is causing for the other family members. There are many children in the family who have to endure this and I imagine when the woman's husband arrives at work Monday morning there will be some awkward moments. Some of you dildines who spout out about things on here that you don't know anything about are not helping at all!

Anonymous said...

at the preliminary hearing the police will have to show their evidence, we all have seen this photo and commented. However has anyone stopped to think the police cars are equipped with dash cams? I was caught in traffic and seen 2 boro cars and 2 state police cars there. I can almost bet that handy little gadget sure comes in handy for just this type of incident.Also the ambulance was called for her, as is for all cases when using a tazer, she was cleared and the ambulance did not transport her

Anonymous said...

The police will have to show evidence to proceed taking this thru the court system. We have all seen this photo and feel the woman was brutalized. However has anyone stopped to think all police cars have dash cams. I was stopped in traffic right where this was taking place. I saw 2 boro cars and 2 state police cars and I can almost bet at least one of them had their dash cam rolling. I was told later that more police responded. Also as in any incident when a tazer is used the ambulance is called in case an injury is incurred. The ambulance returned to quarters and did not transport. So before too many people start feeling sorry for what this woman incurred, remember these officers risk their lives to protect ours.Dash cams don't just record video but also audio.

Anonymous said...

Has anyone stopped to think that police cars are equipped with dash cams? They not only record video but also audio. I seen several police cars on scene and I can almost bet one of them had their dash cams on. Also the ambulance is called when someone is tazed, the ambulance returned to quarters and did not transport. Dash cams should be able to show exactly what transpired on Friday

Anonymous said...

police dash cams should provide an answer

Anonymous said...

I was just thinking, a dash cam may have caught some of this. Just sayin'.

Anonymous said...

SHE WAS NOT TAZED TWICE. The probes on the stun gun DID NOT CONNECT. Only ONE connected. They couldn't taze her with only one probe. Granted, probes do not tickle when they stick into you. THAT'S #1. #2, SHE WAS NOT telling her son to "comply." She came off her porch ready to fight (which is understandable, on some level), and was told to step back and DIDN'T. She was WITNESSED fighting with and apparently attempting to BITE the arresting officer. Just FYI. I was driving by and saw her in handcuffs being lead to a cruiser and she was still SWINGING AND KICKING AT THE OFFICER with her hands behind her back. I SAW THIS with my own eyes. And this woman is not some dainty little flower. It sucks that she's locked up on mother's day, but next time the police tell you to get back, YOU GET BACK. It was not excessive force. It was not police brutality. Whether you like it or not, these guys KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING. I can't wait to see the dashcam footage. I hope we get to see it.

Anonymous said...

I know this family and this town has done everything for them now they want us to stand by them and go after these police officers for doing their job? What more do they want this community to do for them. Yes she had twelve children ruined her health but that is her choice. What do they want for the police officers to wait for medical reports on all the town folk before they try to arrest them? Lock them up and for once make them responsible for their actions.avo

Anonymous said...

I don't feel that people are looking at the main picture clearly. The boy/guy could have killed or injured many children by his conduct. He has been in and out of trouble repeatedly, he deserves to be punished. Secondly, the mother should have listened and stayed back, regardless of what was going on. If she felt that they were mistreating her son, she could have took pictures herself, or a video to prove her point. And for the record when an indivual "bites" another, that is called assult. And the picture that is being passed around doesn't really prove anything. It shows the OUTCOME of a bad situation when you put yourself in them. Any human being that has common sense knows that after being tazed you are gonna fall to the ground. So how do you know that the picture was taken before, MOST LIKELY was taken afterwards, and people wanting to make it look worse then it is. The cops I feel had every right to do what they did. I am honestly glad we have cops that will do what they need to do. Emporium has/is being a bad place to be in, drug wise. So you never know what you are getting yourself into. Better safe then sorry!!!

Anonymous said...

This putz as you called me is staying put. Why don't you do this town a favor and leave. One less jack rabbit to have to worry about!

Anonymous said...

So much speculation!!!! There is only one eye witness on any of these comments, and what was ACTUALLY SEEN has been ignored! Many witnesses WATCHED as the police officer forcibly pushed her down when she wasn't doing anything but talking. Another thing, why was the police car coming from the direction of the east end of town if there was a high speed chase as so many embelishers are saying? Why are the lights in the police car off? If they were chasing him thru town they would have had the lights on! DUH!!!! Also, he was already at his parents house and out of his car when the police pulled in! Maybe everyone should know the FACTS before they speak, but then again this town thrives on lies and gossip. Shame on all of you.

Anonymous said...

To those who critique the policemen's actions, surely you could pool your resources and form your own colony that thrives on the mistrust of those defending your lives. Romans 13:1-2 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God : the powers that be are ordained of God. 2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.

Anonymous said...

As for the chase i personally saw that. As for cop car facing other way cause it got called out for back up cause of fight. Cops came from everywhere. As for what happened on seen eye witnesses said she came out screaming and yelling at cop and tried biting one plus did not pay any mind to them telling her to back up. REALLY OLD SAYING APPLYS DO THE CRIME DO THE TIME. She did this to herself quit crying boo hooo. Everyone here in town knows the truth only her family is trying to defend her. & poor job at that.

Anonymous said...

He who is without sin, let him cast the first stone. Seems to be a lot of rock throwing happening. There are none rightous, no, not one. All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Be careful of judging others, lest you also be judged. I wonder how many people have prayed for these people? Some day, all will give an account before God!

Anonymous said...

I find it very sad that this is getting so much attention. The charge was defacing property and resisting arrest. It is being extremely, over played. There are people manufacturing and selling dangerous drugs in this town and abusing women that get way LESS attention. There have been drunk drivers charged with murder that have gotten LESS attention. There has been a women raped after a young man broke into her apartment that received LESS attention. Really people, this is over kill.

Anonymous said...

From the earlier comment on here, the police were NOT facing in that direction because of back up, the only police there at that time are two you see in the picture. That is their car, back came because one of the witnesses called the State Police because they saw the way the arresting officers were using excessive force.

Anonymous said...

I suppose a disabled person wouldn't be able to shoot, stab, or attempt in any other way to harm an officer let alone another human being. It is tough to be a police officer with everyone breathing down your neck playing "armchair officer". If people weren't so worried about trying to catch garbage on their cameras and phones, they would pay more attention to the actual real time details. So much is portrayed with social media and technology. I can sit behind any incident and tell you what I would have done if I was that person. It comes down to officer safety. People freak out when they see a loved one put in cuffs. Chances are, they are in cuffs because they messed up. Let them go. Don't come after the police for them doing their jobs. I suppose the next action would be to run in on a doctor performing heart surgery on a patient trying to take the doctors attention away from their job. Next thing you know. Whoops the surgeon slipped a little too far with the scalpel and the patient bleeds out. What are you then going to blame the surgeon for your disruptive behavior that caused this life altering mistake? Get real. Family or not, when someone messes up, it's that persons responsibility to take the blame. There have been cases where kids younger than 10 have shot and killed people including law enforcement because guards were down. So to sit there and claim a disabled person is without a doubt innocent just because of a disability. That's Hilarious. When someone interferes with police investigation, they should face applicable charges just the same as anyone else..

Anonymous said...

I will be pro-law enforcement anyday (and everyday) before pro-the mother of a man with a record of drug involvement, etc.

Anonymous said...

The cops did what they had to do to protect them selfs. Good for them. Truthfully they could have used there gun after the first taz did not slow her down at all. That is acceptable to protect them selfs. We as ppl give cops the athority to do what they need to to protect them self and us. WAY TO GO EMPORIUM POLICE DEPT

Anonymous said...

Actually, she was tased multiple times. First was with the probes, then she was dive stunned multiple times in the neck. They repositioned the taser 7 times on her neck. I have photos of the aftermath on her neck.

Anonymous said...

There are many aspects of this case that have either been neglected or misrepresented. For instance, her disability is a mental one, not a physical one. Had these officers been more familiar with the people in this town (the ones they are sworn to serve and protect,) they likely would have handled this situation differently. Instead of incarcerating the woman, they probably should have 302'd her. Also, there was no high speed chase. These officers arrived at the house in this picture in response to a BOLO (be on the lookout for) call. The woman did not become physically violent until her son was knocked to the ground and tased while in handcuffs. Honestly, what mother wouldn't be infuriated by that? There is a case in Louisiana that may see the Supreme Court where a young man (early 20's, I believe) died several hours after being tased. The father warned the police repeatedly of the mother's multiple health issues as they manhandled her. When the State Police showed up, they handled the situation appropriately. In my opinion, these town cops clearly need more training or a relocation.