New Sheriff Talks About Proper Arrest Procedures

Last week's death of an unarmed 18 year-old teenager in Ferguson, Missouri has caused lots of controversy in the Midwest. Protestors and family members of Mike Brown are seeking justice and details behind the shooting.

A recent autopsy report shows that Michael Brown was shot at least six times by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. This controversial death has even caught the attention of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, he has also ordered a federal autopsy on Brown. Law enforcement agencies all over agree that this type of situation can happen anywhere. Although very few specifics have been released the new Houston County Sheriff Donald Valenza weighed in on how proper arrest procedures are taught at his department.

"It depends on the level of threat he's dealing with. If he's dealing with an armed suspect naturally you escalate to one step higher. If he has a knife you have a gun. You can't really take down anyone with pepper spray who had a knife," said, Valenza

Sheriff Valenza says that if this situation happened here in Houston County his guys would use a taser. He also says that he isn't criticizing the Ferguson police department because he still doesn't know all of the circumstances.


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