A chaotic video captured via cell phone was presumably recorded with the intent to make the officer look bad. However, according to Chief Garry Hamilton, it is doing the complete opposite.
In Fort Wayne, Indiana, a disagreement between Officer Stephen Ealing and customers at the IHOP on Coldwater Road escalated when he asked a woman to leave the restaurant. Ealing was working security and it was reported by WANE.com that the woman had a blood alcohol level of 0.17.
The group and the officer managed to make it outside, where he attempted to arrest the woman as the group continued to yell at him. The sound of a Taser can be heard later in the video, which the officer used to push the crowd back, according to Chief Hamilton.
“That could have went really bad when you have two or three people coming after you so officers are trained … you gotta be aware of your surroundings,” said Chief Hamilton.
Officer Ealing eventually called for backup and the woman was arrested for public intoxication, disorderly conduct, resisting law enforcement, and physical and criminal mischief.
“All three should have been arrested for disorderly conduct but the one person the officer did arrest, I think he sent a message,” said Chief Hamilton.
Chief Hamilton praised the officer for his actions and says the video shows he is well-trained.
“The officer acted accordingly, he did his job and he did it well,” said Chief Hamilton.
The woman is still in police custody as of Monday afternoon.