Guardian Angels "detain" alleged tagger -- or it is assault?
A video posted on YouTube last month shows four Guardian Angels "detaining" two alleged taggers at the Western Blue Line station. The problem here is this detainment seems to cross the line to assault, especially when one Angel yanks and twists a guy's leg while two other Angels sit astride his upper body, immobilizing him. The prone "perp" also complains about having his nose smashed.
Yes, it is illegal to deface CTA property. And graffiti cleanup costs us more than $4 million a year, But to me, the tactics used by Guardian Angels here are over the top, and may be illegal. I'm trying to get a police comment on that.
You can visit 3RDRAIL1988's YouTube channel and see other similar videos. Here is part of 3RDRAIL1988's explanation for the force used, as copied straight from the YouTube info:
WE ONLY USED AS MUCH FORCE AS WAS NEEDED, KEEP IN MIND HE COULD OF KILLED HIMSELF OR US IF WE FELL BETWEEN THE TRAIN CARS. WE COULD NOT TAKE CHANCES. AT THE END I APPLIED A PRESSURE POINT TO THE NOSE AND GAINED CONTROL OF SUSPECT. IT HURT HIM SO BAD HE BEGAN TO YELL AND ONLY WHEN THE POLICED ARRIVED.
The CTA officially discourages such citizen actions: "CTA does not recommend that any private citizen engage someone they suspect of criminal behavior on the system. Individuals are advised to notify personnel immediately or contact 9-1-1 for assistance." The CTA also distances itself from the Guardian Angels:
"CTA Security is provided by the Chicago Police Department Public Transportation Section. Officers from the unit include both uniformed and plainclothes officers who ride the trains and buses and patrol stations. Because they handle security on our system, any questions regarding the Guardian Angels should be directed to the CPD. CTA does not have a formal relationship with the Guardian Angels."
The Angels videotape detainments to protect themselves from liability issues. Seems to me that this video could be used against them.