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Ex-NYPD Officer: Pool Party Cop 'Heavy Handed' But Right

By    |   Monday, 08 Jun 2015 09:12 PM

A Texas police officer seen in a viral video  throwing a teenage girl to the ground and pulling his gun overreacted with the girl, but may have been justified in drawing his weapon, a former New York City police officer tells Newsmax TV.

"From what I could see from the video that I've looked at, and I've looked at it several times, it appears that the officer may have become somewhat heavy-handed with a young woman," John Cardillo, who is now an investigative blogger, told "The Hard Line" host Ed Berliner.

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"She is 14 years old. I don't know if he knew how old she was, but certainly she appeared to be a young woman, an adolescent young woman, and this officer for whatever reason perhaps allowed his emotions to get the best of him in this particular case," Cardillo said.

"She may have been verbally noncompliant, we don't know. There's not audio associated with the video but it certainly appeared to be a heavy-handed situation on behalf of the officer."

The officer, who has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation, was correct, though, when he drew a weapon on two young men who approached him, Cardillo said.

One of the men "clearly had his left hand behind him in what appeared to be his waistband," Cardillo said, "[T]he young man's hand was at 4 o'clock, which is a typical position to draw a firearm."

When the officer drew his weapon, the two men backed off, and the officer holstered his weapon.

"I found that to be an absolutely appropriate use of his firearm … to thwart a potentially deadly threat," Cardillo said. "He had no idea if there was a threat."

Cardillo also discussed the weekend escape of two prisoners from Clinton Correctional Facility in New York state.

Both he and Gregory G. Gilbertson, a professor of criminal justice at Centralia College in Centralia, Washington, said the men had to have had inside help to break out of the maximum security facility.

A female guard has been questioned, according to press reports, and Cardillo said he has seen guards fall in love with inmates and help them escape.

"When I was NYPD with Rikers Island, a guard, for example, would fall in love with an inmate and she would help him escape by smuggling in a uniform and then she would be waiting for him on the outside," he said.

"The inmates and the correctional officers deal with each other very closely on a daily basis, and so, unfortunately, sometimes these relationships do develop, Gilbertson said.

The two also discussed the murder indictment of the South Carolina Police officer  accused of shooting a fleeing suspect in the back. North Charleston Police officer Michael Slager was captured on cell phone video shooting at Walter Scott, an unarmed black man on April 4.

Gilbertson said it appears Slager acted outside the bounds of proper use of force.

"He shot … at him at least eight times. I counted it again today," Gilbertson said. "I don't want to be so presumptuous to speak for a jury that hasn't even been selected yet, but it certainly appears to be a case out of extraordinarily excessive force and completely unnecessary force in this particular situation."

Cardillo agreed, saying "For me, that last shot, there's a hesitation. He waits, and he fires again, and I just can't reconcile any justifiable use-of-force scenario where that would be appropriate."

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