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Great Leg Sweep From A Cop

In this very interesting street situation from Brazil, we have a cop that leg sweeps a thief from behind. This is one of Fight Commentary Breakdowns' earliest videos.

The incident can be broken up into three parts.

Initial Decision

First, this is the part when the gas station attendant sees the thief. There's always a decision there. Do you confront the thief? Should you let him get away with it since it's just a little bit of stealing? Do you let him get a head start and call for professional help (aka the cops)? That has to be pondered in your head.

So in this incident we have the one attendant choosing to confront the thief head-on.

The Confrontation

Now that the thief is confronted, what does the thief do? First, the thief threatens with a strike. Then, the attendant has a second decision. Does he engage more? Should he stand his ground? Should he back off? Does he try to diffuse the situation? In this case, the attendant chooses to back up a little, out of striking range. I think he probably should have had his hands up when he initially confronted the thief, but the thief seem to be more posturing than anything, so in this case the attendant's lack of preparedness didn't completely lead to a disaster.

The Leg Sweep

The cop comes from behind and just sweeps the thief down. That was beautiful. However, this action also leads to some things to think about. Is that level of force appropriate for the situation? The thief landed in a way that did not lead to brain damage or other bodily harm, but it could have been that. Yes the thief did threaten the attendant, but would he have actually attacked? So that's something to think about for more qualified people than I to answer.

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