@ Shari Weyde Ferrantino Martinsen,
I'm not making any "excuses" for shoplifting. I don't agree that "to not shop at the Co-Op because a man was doing his job, even if excessively, is ridiculous as he was protecting your right to shop without added costs." If he was using excessive force, then he was NOT doing his job properly. My "right to shop without added costs" does not negate everyone's right, even criminals, to not be treated with excessive force.
Meanwhile, you're free to speculate about drug use or violence on the part of the suspect, or whatever you want -- but none of that would justify the guy trying to seize the camera from the witness. If the Co-op wants me, and those who are concerned about this as I am, to continue to patronize their business and give them my hard-earned money, they will have to convince me that they have taken strong action to ensure that this doesn't happen again.
Looks like a wannabe cop out of control. Kneeling on someone's neck is not a safe way of restraining them, and appears to be extremely excessive given the difference in size between the guy and the woman he was restraining.
Attempting to to confiscate a camera from a witness is a very serious matter in its own right, and if true, he should be fired even for that alone.
I will no longer be shopping at the Co-op until I see that they have had a credible independent investigation of this incident, held this guy accountable as appropriate given the findings of that investigation, and taken steps to make sure nothing like this happens again.
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