Police Detain Man at McDonalds
Occurred on September 4, 2015 / Riverdale Park, Maryland, USA
Info from Licensor: I apologize for the angle of it . I NEVER would've expected it to escalate to that extent. Riverdale MD, Riverdale police handled this situation a lot better than other police would have in my opinion. I'm amazed they didn't shoot. **Backstory** : So about 4-8 mins before the police arrived , this man was inside the McDonald's located in Riverdale MD on Kenilwoth Ave. When I first noticed him, he was just talking to himself. After not paying attention to what he was saying, he began to bang on his table like if it were drums and was doing it a bit too loud. I had just assumed he was a person of special needs maybe and once again, didn't pay attention. He soon started punching his table like if it were a person and knew, he was becoming aggressive and an endangerment to the public's safety. My mom had asked an employee at this point if they had called the police and they had responded saying "yes, they're en route." He soon gets up and starts arguing with himself and acts like he wants to fight with someone who was in front of him and goes up against a wall and starts shouting. He takes off his shirt and starts walking around which endangers the public a lot more because we don't know if he's going to hurt someone because this man already seemed agitated. At this point he starts throwing chairs to the ground and slammed a wet floor sign to the ground and pushing chairs. McDonald's was pretty packed as well considering most people were getting out of work and school and there was quite a bit of children (including my 2 younger siblings) and a group of elderly people. When the police arrive, he was ordered on the ground and knew right there, to take out my phone and start recording. During the moment, I had forgotten to turn my phone sideways which is why its at that angle so I do apologize for that. After he was detained, his legs were soon in cuffs and had a human muzzle it seemed like because he was still shouting and screaming. The ambulance arrived probably about 2 or 3 mins later after he was detained. He was then transported to a DC hospital. After all, he was tased 3 times, maced about 4 times, hit with the baton twice, tackled to the wall, and almost had his arm broken when being detained. Throughout the whole incident, this man showed NO sign of giving up and was resisting arrest. It seemed clear after being tased for the first time that this man WAS ON DRUGS. Most likely PCP. I commend the officers for stopping him before he could hurt someone and danger the public.