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I-Team: Rush to Judgement


(WBRE/WYOU-TV)  Many are wondering if school security officers went too far during a school melee in the cafeteria.  The I-Team’s Andy Mehalshick posed that question to an officer who trains police on handling violent situations.

The I-Team showed video of school security officers trying to control a school melee at the Hazleton Area High School to a number of people.  Their reaction to the video was mixed. Some thinking it was extreme.   Others saying they didn’t want to rush to judgment.

   Those responses didn’t surprise West Hazleton Police Chief Brian Buglio.  He trains police officers around the state in how to handle violent situations like the one in the video.

  “When you look at that clip the initial looking at that video you may be shocked. But when you look at the video a little closer you actually see somebody resisting arrest of multiple officers” Said Chief Buglio.

 Buglio is not involved in the investigation into the Hazleton Area High School fight. But he says it appears the officers were acting properly even when grabbing the ponytail of the student.

 “The officer on the video uses the head of the subject to control her. That also is very common. If you control the head of the subject you are going to control the body” Said Chief Buglio.

  We asked Chief Buglio about the used excessive force because of their age?” Buglio said  “I don’t think age matters. If you are resisting arrest of a police officer the courts have said police can use whatever force is necessary to overcome the resistance of that subject”.

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