Video Released: Arizona Cop Rams Police Cruiser Into Robbery Suspect
Arizona police officer Michael Rapiejko had driven his car in high-speed and rammed into suspected robber Mario Valencia on February 19. Experts defined the action as unjustified and outrageous.
When the video was released online, social media became divided into two opinions; some questioned the act, while some praised the policeman.
The lawyer of the robbery suspect called the officer’s action “an obvious excessive use of force,” as per CNN.
Prosecutors have cleared the police officer of charges, saying he had done no wrong chasing the suspected robber.
“It is an outrageous video without a doubt, and anybody watching that is going to have that reaction,” said Jim Bueermann, a former police chief, as quoted by Star Tribune.
“The problem,” Bueermann continued, “is that it is not as simple as a police officer doing a crazy thing. It is an excellent example of how difficult policing can be.”
Valencia escaped the accident with no major injury. Several charges have been slapped against the 36-year-old, including assaulting police on duty.
Video released by police shows Valencia walking down a corridor carrying a rifle. At one point, he points the rifle at himself and threatens to pull the trigger. Another part shows Valencia shooting bullets into the air.