A student at The College of New Jersey seems
to be enjoying his celebrity status after starring in the latest Youtube
police arrest video.
TCNJ Student Mike Tracey was arrested by officers
from the Ewing Police Department on February 18 and charged with
disorderly conduct. The incident occurred at an event where
Conservative Commentator Ann Coulter was giving a speech.
During the program Tracey asked a question that
Coulter apparently found insulting. "I out-and-out asked her
whether she believes what she says or she's a political satirist, and
she did not answer my question."" Tracey told his college newspaper.
She actually did. "You can't possibly be that
stupid," Coulter responded.
NJ.com described the subsequent
incident as follows:
The police report from that night says that Tracey went onto the
stage, where Coulter was signing books. After being advised the
stage area was for those with books only, Tracey said he had a piece
of paper and wanted an autograph.
"When he was told no, he went around two police officers and
approached the table where Ann Coulter was sitting," Holt wrote.
Holt took Tracey off the stage and into the seating area, then
told the student he was not allowed to go back to the stage and had
to leave. As Tracey walked back towards the stage, Holt grabbed
Tracey's coat in an attempt to stop him, but said Tracey spun out of
the coat and ran towards the seating area. Tackling Tracey toward
the ground, Holt attempted to handcuff Tracey, but the young man
would not put his hands behind his back.
"At that point Michael started to scream and carry on in a manner
in which he was trying to draw attention from the crowd," Holt
wrote. "Michael held on to one of the chairs in the seating area and
would not let go. He was told to stop resisting the arrest several
times, but refused to comply."
A couple of quick thoughts.
First, security at events such as these has to be
taken very seriously. Slamming pies in the face of speech-givers
has become a sport on college campuses. More Violent incidents
have happened too.
Second, take a look at this video. If you're
going to purposely ignore police commands, at least man up during the
Finally, to Officers Holt and Jacobs, bet that's
the last time you take that overtime gig. Seriously, the arrest
looks clean. Hope the bosses put this to rest quickly.
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The officers used the necessary amount of force to gain compliance of an
From what the video showed, the officers used the proper amount of force
to effect the arrest. Well done, nothing excessive was shown. The kid
was a 100% drama queen, one of those liberal, law enforcement
He was screaming like a girl until the pressure point was applied w/the
knee. The video shows the moment when the pressure was applied, and of
course he calmed down right away.. I don't see any problem with the
arrest, looked as text book (like they ever are) as they come.
Wow this makes me feel like I'm in elementary school for girls!!!
No need to kneel on peoples' heads or necks no matter how much of a
a-hole this kids was or is. Save that behavior for vicious
criminals, not stupid kids. Excessive? Maybe not but uncalled for
Did you see the tiny rug burn on the side of his face?
A lot of screaming for such a small mark, must be a soccer player. It
was clearly a set up to push his agenda. The editor of the school
paper was critical of the police and called for support to in their case
against them, however when some other source posted the video on Youtube
she claimed copyrights and had the video removed. Now if they had really
wanted more than just a story for themselves wouldn't they want that
video posted as many times as possible by as many different people as a
show of support
It is clear that the man was resisting by the repetition of the officer
having to pull his arm to attempt to handcuff him. The officer continued
to act in a calm matter in attempting to apprehend the man. Surely this
was not excessive force.
I don't know the circumstances there, but I believe that the officer
could have placed his knee elsewhere other then his neck. He could have
caused permanent harm to the kid. But a job well done none the less.
Kudos to the officers on scene for keeping their composure. And the
officer's knee wasn't on the subjects head...looked to me like he was
applying the pressure point tactic behind the suspects ear...as learned
in the academy, right?
My recollection of his question was different. I remember, something
along the lines of "Are all people named Hussein supporters of
As you read the Signal and Trenton Times interviews, he changes his
BTW, he had his mommy call the cops that night and it's now a Supreme
Court case because they didn't have anyone to talk to her. Now you know
how Tracey got that way.
Textbook handcuffing for someone resisting arrest. It was obvious that
the officers were in control and doing what was necessary to effect the
I thinks the officers did a great job too. Its a non-issue because its a
white kid. God help the officers if it was a subject of another
color. As for the drama queen, guess you didn't get a role in that
This whole event is pretty much being viewed as a non-issue.
Drama Queen 100% !!!!!!!
This kid is a punk who set the whole thing up for his agenda. He's the
VP of the TCNJ Democrats. The Cops did nothing wrong. If he were my kid
I'd be ashamed and pull him out of school.
You wonder what that idiot is studying in college? Obviously, it's not
common sense. The brothers showed restraint and command presence.
Sounds like a good case of trespassing maybe, disorderly conduct, and
resisting arrest. Good job to the officers.
This seems to be the new trend of copy cats who just want attention and
a excuse to ruin someone else's life. In no way did any of the officers
who were attempting to effect a lawful arrest use excessive force. This
student was just making a scene to accomplish his own agenda.
From the video, it looks like the
officers did nothing wrong. This is a whole lot of nonsense over
nothing. It's not too hard. Listen to officers.
In one moment he's screaming for his
life. Then the next he's asking politely to get off of him. Pain
doesn't work like that.