In the annals of proportionate response: a southern California criminal came up to a police station, swinging a baseball bat. Now, the cops inside could easily and legally have drilled him one, because there is no question that a baseball bat constitutes deadly force. How many times has a headline here read: “When Guns are Outlawed, Only Outlaws will have Baseball Bats” or some variation thereof? We checked: 13, almost three a year. Most of ’em fatal to somebody.
(Crims are even killing people with baseball bats in England, where nobody plays the American sport of baseball — and yet, no one seems to be killing people with bats in Japan, where baseball’s a popular pro sport. And in both countries, lots of guns are functionally outlawed).
But they didn’t do that. Instead, they took the citizens in their lobby to safety, and then got ready to swarm him, while a young and fit cop circled around, looking to make a blindside tackle. The video shows it all going down.
Batter up! Nope, batter down. Dumbass brought a baseball bat to a football game, and got the tackle of his lifetime for his pains.
This description is from the YouTube page, and it hints that the would-be Babe Ruth may be experiencing mental difficulties (that word “evaluation” is not usually a reason for hospitalizing you, apart from the goings-on going on in your Brain Housing Group).
Monday, February 27, 2017, a man carrying a baseball bat walked up to the front lobby of the West Covina Police Department and began striking the large glass windows. Seated inside the lobby by the windows were three women who immediately ran and entered a secured area of the lobby.
As officers responded from within the police station, the suspect walked up to the entry way repeatedly swinging and striking the glass entry doors threatening to enter. A West Covina PD officer who had been outside saw what was happening and ran up to the suspect, tackling him to the ground. Other officers then assisted in taking him into custody. The suspect suffered minor injuries from the fall and was transported to a local hospital for treatment.
None of the women were injured. The outer glass of the police department did not break from the impact strikes made by the suspect. Arrested for Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Resisting Arrest was Christopher Rivas, 28 of West Covina. The suspect was cited and released to the custody of the LA County Medical Center for treatment and evaluation.
The cops handled this well. With the citizens from the lobby behind their cypher lock, would-be Bat Boy couldn’t harm anything but property. The approach they chose minimized the risk of danger to everyone: cops, bystanders, and suspects. At the end of the day, the suspect’s in the bag, the disruption’s over, and nobody’s seriously injured or inconvenienced.
Well played, West Covina PD. We assess a penalty on your opponents, the Crims. The ball’s in your possession, first and ten.