Flower Vendor Resists Arrest, Gets Taken to the Ground. Here's Some Context.

Flower Vendor Resists Arrest, Gets Taken to the Ground. Here's Some Context.

California has nearly 80,000 sworn peace officers working to keep the public safe, so they can conveniently bash the police every chance they get (until they're needed of course).

In Perris, California, a woman was arrested in early June while selling flowers at a high school graduation (without a permit). Here is the footage:

Here are some headlines from leftist media sources:

ABC 7: "Video shows Perris street vendor slammed to ground by officer; community outraged"
Carbonated: "A Hispanic Woman In California Was Arrested Just For Selling Flowers"
Newshub: "Woman tackled by police for selling flowers without permit"
Daily Mail: "Disturbing video shows police officer violently wrestle 52-year-old California woman to the ground for 'selling flowers at a high school graduation without a permit'"

The list goes on, but there's one thing clear. Whether you agree the video shows the woman being "tackled," "slammed," "violently wrestled" or even arrested for simply selling flowers (no to all of the above, by the way), there's a clear lack of context from a policing perspective.

Well, we'd like to add some context. Here are some of the cries from the left, and our responses:


"She's just trying to make an honest living!"

So are you, so is everyone else. Do you follow the law? Then you know that vending without a permit is illegal, which is what this woman was doing. Permit-less vending drives up costs at legitimate businesses, hurts local economies and is hardly 'honest.'

"He didn't have to do all that!"

She didn't have to lie to, resist or push the officer either. In a statement released by the Riverside County Sheriff's Department:

The Sheriff’s Department said deputies warned and cited 15 people for vending without the necessary city permits.

Mendez-Medrano refused to cooperate and attempted to walk away, the Sheriff’s Department said in the release, which also said she gave fake names and pushed the deputy away. He held her arm to prevent her from fleeing, the statement said.

“The short, publicly produced video does not have the full context or content of the incident,” the department said.
— Alejandra Molina, reporting for the Press Enterprise

This was an act of racism!

Except if it was, why weren't all the minority vendors similarly arrested?

But that violent body slam/tackle/suplex!

It was not a body slam, they weren't wrestling and it certainly wasn't a tackle. In police training, officers are taught "The bigger the threat, the lower they go. The more they resist, the faster they go."

This is why police officers order suspects to the ground during felony stops— the threat is large, so the suspects go as low as they possible can, all the way to the ground.

But that was just a harmless little woman!

When a suspect is resisting lawful orders (which, in this case likely would've resulted only in a warning), the first concern is whether the person has weapons. There is no archetype or "typical" person when it comes to armed suspects, and a weapon isn't always a firearm.

She's selling flowers, does she have shears on her person? Razor blades? What about just a set of keys? Vendors get robbed on the street, does she carry pepper spray on her person?

Consider all this and ask if you would wait around while an angry crowd forms, or would you contain the resistant subject as soon as possible to minimize chance of injury to either of you?

The technique that the officer in this video uses is the armbar control. It is taught at police academies as a control hold to prevent a suspect from fleeing and can be used to bring them to the ground if they continue resisting.

The arm bar doesn't always work. Again, the higher the threat, the lower they go. The greater the resistance, the faster they go.


Despite all of the points made above, leftists will conveniently ignore them in favor of a racial narrative that paints police as nothing more than brutal thugs. Are there bad cops out there? Yes, and they should be fired and prosecuted to the fullest extent the law allows.

But in this case, the footage shows nothing more than an otherwise routine arrest of a resistant suspect.

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