TEMPLE - Police violence is a highly-debated topic every year and it can sometimes tear communities apart.
Recently, a video surfaced in Lampasas where an officer was accused of excessive force during a routine arrest.
A few local officers have been using martial arts to help prepare them for difficult situations. They are using Jui Jitsu to better protect themselves and the people they deal with on the streets.
It seems to happen all too often, an officer or deputy needs to arrest, or simply control someone at a traffic stop or disturbance.
Then something goes wrong and an officer or civilian gets hurt.
For the officer, even a possibly drunk person on a traffic stop can put them on edge if they resist arrest.
Robert M. said non-compliant people are the ones that have always given them trouble.
“They are the ones that are trying to stab them, punch them and shoot them,” he said. “They might not be a threat but the officer doesn’t know that.”
And when the officer loses control of the person, even for a second, that is when the situation often escalates.
“Your fine motor skills are gone,” he said. “Your vision shrinks down to a small tunnel.”
But what if officers could train for those situations?
Well at John’s gym some of them do with Jui Jitsu.
It is a spot where Troy Police Officer Jeff Mullenax works out regularly. While it is not police training per say, the application is unquestionable.
In a demonstration, Mullenax arrested fellow martial artist Travis Moore in just seconds with the help of another trained individual.
He said the training gives him confidence and the ability to keep a clear head when dealing with drunk people or other difficult situations.
“This is the safest way to get them what they need,” Mullenax said. “to resolve the problem and get them help.”
Through holds and joint locks, he and other martial artists practice every day to stop other people, without hurting anyone. Mullenax said if more officers had the skills, there could be less incidents on the news. He said it would help the department and the public’s perception of the department.
“Whenever they are able to do these arrests,” he said. “Minimize injury to themselves and the general public.”
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