A Houston junkie was in for a bit more than he bargained after deciding to load his body up on drugs and hit the public transit system. Unfortunately for him, he would learn a brutal lesson after slapping the wrong cop who came to deal with him – and that’s about the time he got the smug grin wiped off his face for good.
According to NBC 4i, the incident took place in Houston, Texas, in early June, but police have only most recently released the video featuring Keith Dean, 49, who had stripped naked on a train and began to disturb everyone on board.
Understandably, law enforcement was called, but things would only get stranger from there. Once the police arrived, Dean brandished a pesticide sprayer full of liquid and began squirting it in the direction of the responding officers who then subsequently ordered him to put it down.
Of course, Dean showed no interest in doing that, prompting one of the officers to physically remove it from the punk’s hands. This only escalated things as Dean became visibly upset, took a step forward, and slapped the cop across the face with quite a bit of effort.
Unfortunately for him, he would learn just how big of a mistake he had made a few seconds later – but by then, it was way too late. As can be seen in the footage shared by World Star Hip Hop, the officers didn’t hesitate when it came to deploying their tasers.
Dean was dropped to the ground as 50,000 volts traveled through the man’s body. As one would imagine, he was arrested on the spot, and the officers have since been lauded as heroes for using non-lethal force and not making things worse.
“He didn’t escalate it. He could have escalated it into something worse than just a Taser,” said Benjamin Marquina, who recorded the incident on his cell phone. “And that’s a good thing for everyone else to see how it should be handled.”
However, it’s important to note that, in this case, the criminal was naked, so officers could be certain he didn’t have a weapon on his person that he was about to pull on them. In other cases, refraining from lethal force could give a crazed lunatic just enough time to draw and fire a gun. Luckily, that wasn’t the case here, and officers didn’t have to question whether the punk had a firearm in his pocket because he wasn’t wearing any clothes. But, I digress.
Police have since come forward saying that Dean had admitted to smoking marijuana before the incident but say that doesn’t necessarily account for his mental status and actions of the time and it doesn’t change the fact that the thug is behind bars facing two counts of bodily injury to a peace officer.
“We commend these two officers for their actions in bringing a volatile situation to a safe conclusion,” said Executive Assistant Chief Troy Finner. “The male clearly struck our officer, who in turn used sound judgment in holding his composure and gaining control of the scene…thanks to assistance from his partner.”
Although the left likes to demonize police, this video proves exactly how wrong they are in that regard. Every day, they put on a uniform in hopes of keeping our communities safe, knowing full well that they could be assaulted at a moment’s notice – or worse. When it comes down to it, this is exactly why police deserve our respect.