City Matters: Manchester man wants apology from police
IN THE MID-1990S, Jason Carter made money from body slams, headlocks and all sorts of limb-locking holds as an AWA Ringside Wrestling wrestler, who competed (maybe I should say "performed") at clubs and Legion halls throughout New England.
Now 40, Carter's body is not so pliable. And his shoulder still stings from two weeks ago, when he claims Manchester police used unnecessary force to subdue him.
He wasn't hiding. But police were looking for him, after friends and his counselor called police to warn he could end up hurting himself.
"I understand they don't know what they're up against," Carter said. "When I'm on my knees and my hands are up, the threat is over."
Police would only speak about the case in generalities. They gave me a small, one-paragraph report written when they apprehended Carter on Jan. 20.
"Suicidal subjects have a higher probability of causing injury to officers than people who are not suicidal," said Manchester police Sgt. Brian O'Keefe, the department's acting spokesman. Would such a tackle be justified? Absolutely, he said.
On Jan. 20, he purposely drove his minivan into a snowman, and felt feelings of dread coming to the forefront. He told his counselor he might hurt himself. Yet, Carter also tried to work it out. He went to his coping area — he acknowledges a bridge over a river and highway might not be the best coping area — but that's his spot.
Police eventually gave me a single-paragraph Call For Service Report about the incident with Carter. It makes no mention of a take-down.
Carter said he's had previous encounters with police, with no rough stuff. So why complain publicly? He'd like the police department to pay for any therapy on the shoulder. And he'd like a note put in his electronic file, so the next time police won't reinjure the shoulder."I was having a bad night," he said. "To be hurt because of it is unfair. I would want an 'I'm sorry' or something like that."
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