A woman was treated to an asphalt sandwich by an Atlanta police officer after prancing onto the tarmac and then trying to outrun the frustrated cop. Excessive force? Perhaps. But trespassing on an airport ramp is a serious offense.
Cop Takes Down Runaway Woman As She Sprints Past Spirit Airlines Plane At Atlanta Airport
We don’t know quite why or how the woman got onto the ramp, but we can observe several things based on a pair of videos captured by ground staff:
- She’s talking to cops, then decides to skip away before breaking into a run
- She runs by a Spirit Airlines jet as a cop takes off behind her
- He stops her by pushing her over, sending her sprawling face-first onto the ground
- She is handcuffed
- A police car pulls up and she is placed into the backseat of the car (resisting arrest while being maneuvered into the vehicle)
Did she really think she would get away?
Take a look at this NSFW video (the ramp workers swear as the incident unfolds):
Here’s another angle.
Had the engine been on, the officer’s force could have saved her life (remember Courtney Edwards, a ground staffer who was sucked into the engine of an American Airlines jet last year in Montgomery, Alabama?). Maybe the officer could have stopped her more gently and reports of police brutality are nothing to laugh about, but I have a lot of trouble feeling sorry for her…she chose to take off (if you’ll pardon the pun) and that is just not something you do in the secure area of an airport, especially on the apron around aircraft.
Video shows an Atlanta police officer knocking over a woman who was attempting to flee around a Spirit Airlines aircraft in Atlanta Airport. I think it’s fair to discuss whether the specific application of force was necessary, but trespassing in a secure area and then running away from cops is just not a smart idea…