If true, the term “bad judgement” does not even begin to describe this incident. An officer asked to address a church crowd was baited into responded to a fake confrontation to demonstrate a police officer’s reaction to violence.
A police officer was asked to address a church group in Indianapolis. During the presentation, an altercation broke out between two people in the crowd.
The officer intervened and attempted to break up the fight, when he was knocked down and forced to draw his Taser. The officer suffered back injuries during the incident and was taken to the hospital for treatment.
James Harrington, pastor of the Mt. Vernon Missionary Baptist Church, said he set up the scenario to test a white officer’s reaction to a fight between two black men.
“Their job is to protect and serve, and even though they have families and children, that they don’t put any regard to their safety,” Harrington said. “I don’t think it was dangerous because it was in a controlled environment.”
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