In the video released to the public of that event, it is clear that Sammy Sobieh is both unarmed and compliant with police demands. Yes, even though there is no audio and despite the protests of Edmonton Police Services mouthpieces, this is pretty darned clear.
The video shows Mr. Sobieh stop, raise his hands above his head and then turn around before he is swarmed and beaten by three of Edmonton's "finest."
While these three armed men clearly felt they were in the right, the common sentiment of "mere citizens" is that these guys were totally out of line.
You don't have to agree with me on this. That's cool. But I've got two videos I want you to watch before you tell me which action is more "reasonable," the actions of these three Edmonton Police Service members dealing with an unarmed man, or the actions of the Bogota (Colombia) police when dealing with a knife-wielding man who is clearly a threat to everyone near him.
You will see the following after watching both of these video clips:
1. Edmonton cops pointed guns at the head of Sammy Sobieh even though he was NOT armed and was NOT posing any threat to anyone.
2. Bogota Police do NOT have their guns drawn in the face of a man who is clearly threatening them, and the cop who is CLOSEST to the man with the knife doesn't even have his arms raised to defend himself.
3. Edmonton cops beat the crap out of the unarmed man they consider a threat, and finally,
4. Bogota cops never even strike the man they are faced with. The only cop that comes even close is the one who knocks the knife out of the man's hand before others take him to the ground and handcuff him. The video shows not a single Bogota cop felt a need to throw a punch throughout the entire incident.
Clearly our North American police forces can learn a thing or two about how to deal with the public from the Bogota Police.
Who would ever have believed that a sentence like that would actually make sense...
Video 1 -- Edmonton Police Services attack Sammy Sobieh
Video 2 - Bogota Police disarm a knife-wielding man without beating the crap out of him.
A big "Thank You!" to Don Laird for sending me these videos.