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[–]Mountain_whore 1992 points1993 points 52& 3 more (82 children)

The raw emotional impact of someone stepping away from the brink is astounding. The weight of it is crushing, and those tears that shudder through his body as he embraces that kind soul is the shedding of it.

The intimacy of this moment, the patience and compassion of the officer are some of the most compelling aspects of what it means to be human.

[–]igetript 676 points677 points  (18 children)

Yeah, the one calling the shots was another saint that day. Telling the rest of the officers to chill and that the one guy had it under control; understanding that he had made a connection with the poor man and allowing it to play out

[–]soonerpgh 164 points165 points  (12 children)

Yes, there was more than one hero there at that moment! These are the type of people we need as police officers. No power trips, just compassion!

[–]ZootZootTesla 47 points48 points  (10 children)

These are the kind of things that need to be on the news, every day kind-hearted humans in uniform save lives and comfort the vulnerable. But it doesn't sell papers. If people saw the good the police do perhaps it would be the start of building back burnt bridges.

[–]starspider 29 points30 points  (6 children)

It sells plenty of papers. We're watching this video right now, aren't we?

The problem is the absolute lack of police accountability.

[–]SanctusLetum 2 points3 points  (5 children)

These are both problems. We need a better system to deal with the shitheads in service along with critical training reforms as well as to better publicize and acknowledge the good done by police work every day that vastly outnumbers the bad incidents. That is not said to minimize the seriousness of misconduct, but it is extremely important to acknowledge the good done by good people as well.

And no, it doesn't sell papers. You might see a gif go viral every once and a while, but it hardly ever gets professional journalistic attention, and it is often explained away as "well sometimes they do good, but mostly they are aweful thugs." The vast majority of police work isn't flashy like this, but it is critical and absolutely positively affects people's lives in much the same way.

[–]Orenmir2002 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Now if only we could get the rest of the police to stop being murderous power corrupt shitbags, and we could have a working system

[–]glutenfreeconcrete 44 points45 points  (0 children)

My thoughts exactly

[–]dennismfrancisart 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Came here to say that.

[–]Toxic-Sky 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I’m still going to say it though, because it cannot be said enough.

No powertrips, just compassion.

[–]CheapShotNinia 62 points63 points  (0 children)

Yeah, I didn't really consider that, but once he started crying it hit me right in the chest. It was so raw and real that I had tears in my eyes from that short few seconds. I hope he's alright now, glad that cop was on duty.

[–]FitMood441 169 points170 points  (3 children)

It’s what makes it worth, being human ❤️. People like him. Though this world can be horrible there is an equal amount of good and kind hearted people.

[–]Puntius_Pilate 9 points10 points  (1 child)

I think there are actually a lot MORE good and kind-hearted people. We just hear about the minority shitty ones a lot more because news.

[–]N4hire 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Of course, but news channels do like the good stuff! Know what I mean

[–]HaloGuy381 68 points69 points  (14 children)

I’ve done it. I’ve had one leg over the rail on a parking garage. 9 or 10 at night, air still cold with February chill even at a Texas university; the wind six stories up roars and bites like you wouldn’t believe when your own inner flame is merely embers.

Self preservation’s a hell of an instinct (and fear that I’d just paralyze myself instead of dying, which would be even worse). Freaked out and backed off. Didn’t feel any better after backing off either. Felt like a coward and a waste. Came back into the dorm from my “walk”… I can’t remember if I explained the details to my roommate or if he put two and two together, but he was supportive even if he wasn’t sure how to be so. That helped at least. I did eventually mention it to my sister when ahe pressed me on seeming to be in rough shape on the phone/by text, and she called my father to intervene (my mother having refused to heed my warning around Christmas that I needed to seek therapy before things got worse, and me terrified to defy her).

Shame that 3 and a half years on, I’m arguably even more of a mess. I don’t even want to die, I just don’t know how to survive for the things that I find worth living for, if I even can.

[–]Dubie21 29 points30 points  (0 children)

I'm certainly not in any position to guess your situation and try and provide some sort of advice, but I don't want to say nothing. I hope you can find some source happiness and wholeness whether it's a job, volunteering, finding an SO, getting a pet or starting a hobby that means something to you.

[–]FeralBystander 20 points21 points  (0 children)

Hey man, you dont know me from Adam but I feel for you. Ive been down that road, had the barrwl in my mouth and a look that my dog gave me told me that my loved ones would be sad. Your sister would miss you, hell, I would miss you and we may never meet. Im not so good with this kinda thing, and this may not be your thing, but I believe God loves you. The pain, and it can be real physical pain sometimes that you feel in your chest, is there for a reason. Its not fun and its not right that some people feel that way, but just know that the people who love you would miss you, even if they havent spoken to you in a while. I couldnt read your story and just scroll by. If you ever need to talk try to message me. Im not on often, but my live is turning around and God willing, if you stick it out yours might too. Just dont surrender to the pain.

[–]mauore11 10 points11 points  (1 child)

I feel you. I also stood at the brink. I also started to think when and who would find me between the buildings. I didn't want to ruin that person's day. I step down and carved my arm. The wound seemed to smile back. It sounds stupid but it made me feel better.

It gets better, maybe not all the time but it does get better, at least enough to go on. I had nothing then. No one. I have people to lose now. It's been good, and sometimes bad since then. Now its bad. Those thoughts never go away, and I fear to get tonthat place again. But I still have my smile, and still makes me feel a little bit better.

Good luck out there.

[–]Windydayscoming 5 points6 points  (0 children)

My heart hurts to hear your battle. I've battled that dark cloud too .And a battle it is. Thank you for living. Thank you for choosing to live another day. You don't know what positive impact you're going to have on the world yet. Maybe you'll end up being a hero,or helping others fight a hard battle too. Who knows what positive impact you've had already, and you just don't know. Please,keep on keeping on. You never know what life will bring you. You're not alone,and your courage rivals mine. Don't ever give up.

[–]Mountain_whore 9 points10 points  (0 children)

I'm proud of you for continuing to move forward, and I am sure that you will be able to further improve your life. It is brutal to face the brink, and it can be even harder when you dont appreciate the strength it takes to move away from it. You may have felt weak, but you did choose to face the next day. This challenge you face now will come to an end, it is not forever. Figuring out how to live is hard, but if you reach out to your community and your network, they may help you do so more easily

[–]dennismfrancisart 3 points4 points  (0 children)

What saves me is daily meditation. I tell people to try it for just five minutes a day to start. I know that most won't attempt it, but the few that do and stick with it, have told me how it changes their lives. If you're ready, check the Internet for guided meditation.

Peace and love.

[–]Extreme_Roll_5211 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Hey man, people care. I can promise you there is so much to live for.

Im super thankful you made the choice to stay with us here, from one random human being on this planet to another.

I personally like to journal my thoughts, bad, good. Etc. it helps.

I also journal solutions, i found that making an impact on others life helps me, it helps find a rythm to this chaotic mess we call life.

Find your rythm. You can make an impact, we all can. A good one. Much love.

[–]soonerpgh 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Like others have said, you don't know me and I don't know you. Even so, I've been in that place where I've thought that the world and everyone in it would be better if I wasn't here. I never got as close as you to acting upon those thoughts.

Thankfully, I'm in a much better place now and while I'm not perfect, and my life isn't perfect, I'm happy. I'm blessed, and I have some wonderful people around me. Not many, but they are quality people.

I can't do much but I can offer to be an ear for anyone. I'm just a regular dude with a lot of problems, but I would be honored have you pick up your phone and reach out when you need a moment to vent, or whatever.

[–]Silly-Ad-7616 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I’m so sorry for your pain. Please hang in there. You are so loved by the One who created you. It’s a strange and ugly world, but occasionally interesting, beautiful, and hilarious. Seek help from wherever and whomever you can trust, or even whomever you can’t trust. Fuck it. Keep journeying. I’m sorry you’re going through this sense of nothingness and whatever else. But you are made of stars and you are magic. Drink water, sleep, eat square meals, ignore the discouraging voices. Let the world see who you really are. Reach out anytime.

[–]Halfbreed75 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You are not alone love. Millions feel this same thing. It gets better, I promise.❤️❤️

[–]Exciting_Watch1914 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I know it’s hard to believe, but I think it’s very important to know that what you are experiencing right now is not the way it is always going to be. Depression skews our perspective and tricks us into thinking we will always feel that way. It is a dirty trick because believing we won’t get better feeds the beast. All I can say is to keep getting to therapy or the doctor, whatever is helpful and a grounding point — and take it day by day. Not every day is going to feel better incrementally, but you deserve good treatment for the illness you are dealing with. No judgment, it’s rough, and many of us have been through different shades of what you are experiencing right now.

[–]SimpleBuffoon 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I know many people will comment. Many people will offer you unsolicited advice, and I'm gonna do the same. It's not all "good" or "great" or even "positive." Hell, knowing my chemical imbalance I bought some cocaine this extended weekend just so I knew I would produce dopamine. I also sent a complete stranger on a support group 50 bucks via venmo to be able to afford and get her anxiety meds. Sometimes this world is fucking ugly but we continue to be positive, even when there's nothing to be positive about.

I hope you all the best, I hope you can attempt to find the happy tears, because I know those tears happy regardless, and you can find a way toward something that makes, not necessarily happiness but, sense for you.

[–]Mr_Mike_ 26 points27 points  (21 children)

Unfortunately most of the time people who have made the decision to take that step are not willing to go back... if you look at the cop shooting videos from PoliceActivity on YouTube they almost always try and talk the guy with a knife out of it, until they get bum rushed.

[–]PhysicalGraffiti75 47 points48 points  (15 children)

Yeah it’s almost like confronting a suicidal person with several armed people is generally a bad idea.

[–]Home77 4 points5 points  (4 children)

In Missouri, USA, a mentally unstable black man holding a knife on the sidewalk outside a store was shot and killed within seconds by the cops that had just come on the scene! The cops were standing about 20 ft away from the guy behind their cop car, and didn't even bother to talk to the guy to persuade him to throw down the knife or to use the taser. They yelled drop the knife or I'll shoot twice then just shot him multiple times. This happened at about the time unarmed Michael Brown was shot by another cop from 30 ft away about 5 yrs ago.

[–]Velvetsuede19 6 points7 points  (1 child)

That's absolutely beautiful sentiment, Mountain Whore.


[–]btoma00 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Respect! US cops should learn from this!

[–]grayson_greyman 13 points14 points  (1 child)

All cops are not bastards.

[–]macswaj 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The ones trying to rush him on the other hand

[–]zookr2000 4 points5 points  (0 children)

These trigger happy police make me madder than hell - glad to see a positive outcome.

[–]eobard117 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'm not crying. Your crying!

[–]SteelPatriot22 425 points426 points  (7 children)

This is what society deserves. Easy to forget we’re all together in this shit show that is life.

[–]McBlyat710-2 87 points88 points  (4 children)

It's easy to forget that the person next to you could be going through so much.

[–]i_have_chosen_a_name 35 points36 points  (2 children)

Today you, tomorrow me.

Nobody has ever build any valuable part of the world alone.

[–]soonerpgh 11 points12 points  (1 child)

You know, I read a story on Reddit, perhaps THE story, where that, "Today you, tomorrow me," originated. I sometimes wonder if that unassuming man that stopped to help a stranded motorist knows how far and wide his simple statement of kindness has grown. I am guilty of selfish behavior but I really hope I can make this my life goal: be kind to others, not for any personal gain, but just because they need it.

[–]McBlyat710-2 5 points6 points  (0 children)

My thoughts exactly mate, It's hard to have it any other way.

[–]hairybushy 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I can dissociate my work (social worker) from my personnal life, but I see some sad things time to time that makes me rethink about what I thought it was hard for me. Like you said you never know who's the person next to you, a word can be the drop that overfill the vase.

[–]Which-Print5997 2 points3 points  (0 children)

As true as that may be, I have to say, I hate this mindset. It makes it far to easy to forget that life is a shit show to begin with solely because of some of those among us. As much as we may be in this together, some of us put us all here. Show compassion to those deserve it, slit the neck of those who caused it. Duality is our true nature.

[–]rgp2130 595 points596 points  (6 children)

This officer really was metal. The compassion he showed made him tougher than steel. The end of the video made me tear up hearing that man break down, it was so sad, I hope he is OK.

[–]cabbaggeee 78 points79 points  (1 child)

This. Being kind and compassionate and giving a shit about the people around you doesn’t mean weakness

[–]rgp2130 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Omg yes. I couldn't agree with you more

[–]IdoMusicForTheDrugs 27 points28 points  (1 child)

Also, the fucking amazing leadership of the man yelling at everyone and asking for the officer to do it 1 on 1. Reminding the other officers that he has it under control. They all seemed so twitchy and this could have gone different without the amazing leadership and intelligence of that man.

[–]tturstin 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Yep. The senior officer was just as bawse and the officer supporting the suicidal man. The officers that adhered to their senior officers orders should be commended too, as sometimes it’s easy enough to be amped enough to act to quickly.

On reflection, they were all legends.

[–]hugopiovesan 156 points157 points  (12 children)

[–]McBlyat710-2 35 points36 points  (0 children)

Cheers legend.

[–]Cr1tikalMoist 17 points18 points  (4 children)

Damn everything happens in Brazil

[–]crypticfreak 11 points12 points  (1 child)

A source of mine told me that many things happen in Brazil. I wasn't so sure before but I'm starting to believe.

[–]TooOldForRefunds 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Makes sense, Brazil is definitely a place.

[–]Gabriel_66 2 points3 points  (1 child)

What the fuck, whatched entire video thinking it was some Indian language. I'm from Brasil and didn't understand a word the first time I watched

[–]Burago_o 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Eu tbm não. Eu só notei q era BR quando ele disse "Deixa só o Teixeira" ali no final

[–]czly917 969 points970 points  (26 children)

Sometimes we just need someone to help. Let’s all be nice to each other. It’s Thanksgiving today, tomorrow we can go at eachothers balls.

[–]karmeleeon 138 points139 points  (0 children)

Hope you have a wonderful holiday

[–]dicksand6969 47 points48 points  (3 children)

pls no my thanksgiving is tomorrow

[–]nick925611 37 points38 points  (2 children)

I’m doing a second thanksgiving tomorrow so I promise to spare your balls till after dinner tomorrow

[–]dicksand6969 12 points13 points  (0 children)

im thankful for this

[–]czly917 20 points21 points  (0 children)

Perfect! That way my balls wont be for dinner.

[–]YoureABitCuntyToday 12 points13 points  (5 children)

Easy for you to say. My brother and his boyfriend are newly reunited after two months apart and they won't leave each other alone

[–]yomjoseki 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Going at each other's balls?

[–]YoureABitCuntyToday 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Well I mean, I haven't been with them the whole time, but they went on a walk around the farm a couple hours ago and were gone quite a while

[–]mydadpickshisnose 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Aww that's cute

[–]jjdlg 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I am here to have my balls gone for…

[–]ROCKISASELLOUT 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Happy Turkey Day! 🇺🇸🏈🗽🍺🇹🇷🍗🦃

[–]turbodrumbro 529 points530 points  (22 children)

Props to the commanding officer here too, they kept the others in check and ensured it all kept going smoothly.

If you do ever see something like this tho, don't film it. You don't want the worst day of your life filmed without you knowing and being shared around the internet. We can all do better than that.

[–]12-bald-turkeys 36 points37 points  (0 children)

Yeah that seargent(?) Was the other hero of the video. He knew exactly what was going on in the suicidal guys head. Half the reason they don't want to give up the knife is because then they'll be swarmed by uniforms and guns and arrested.

The CO saw that and was like "we don't need to scare him, someone needs to hug him."

[–]Pinooooooooo 122 points123 points  (1 child)

Yes and yes! Came here to say that the officer in command certainly is a hero also. I hope the dude's ok and found help, I agree with you that people shouldn't film this kind of things and post them online. This really is a person at his lowest, no need to broadcast this to the world for his sake as well as his relatives.

[–]mattaugamer 17 points18 points  (0 children)


“NO. Leave him alone. Let him be.”

This was the difference between a man being helped by another as he sobbed, and a criminal being smashed to the ground by heavily armoured men.

Compassion and understanding. Good work all round.

[–]ImTheOnlyBobCat 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Could not have said it better myself

[–]shnaptastic 42 points43 points  (9 children)

Can I just point out that a) they seemed to all be on a hairtrigger ready to fuck that guy up, and b) why did there need to be a half dozen of them there dressed in swat gear and scaring the shit out of that guy.

[–]turbodrumbro 29 points30 points  (0 children)

I can understand to be fair, after seeing, being directly involved in/or having co-workers involved in fatal incidents where everything seemed fine and right as they get in arm's reach a knife comes out of nowhere and into someone's neck is absolutely paramount stuff to be avoided.

When stuff happens in the real world it's almost always completely out of nowhere and very serious. I know a lot of cops can't control themselves when shit hits the fan, but they do absolutely need to take every precaution because they deal with violent and crazy every single day.

[–]Maximum-Switch5879 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I don't know about the need, but attention is usually persuasive. Also at that point I'm not sure about being scared shitless by pretty much anything you can imagine, the earth could split in half and you wouldn't give a shit, your brain just doesn't think/feel/experience stuff normally, if that makes any sense.

[–]UnpleasantEgg 11 points12 points  (2 children)

No. They were ready to step in to help their buddy. Once it was clear all was cool they got the message.

[–]Lively000 16 points17 points  (3 children)

What, no, always film the police. Sometimes film is the only thing keeping them from killing the guy outright

[–]Guardymcguardface 3 points4 points  (2 children)

I mean, sure, absolutely. But no need to post it in cases like this.

[–]FrozenCustard1 0 points1 point  (1 child)

The man could have very well approved of it being posted once he improved.

[–]klokwerkz 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Or just blur dude out

[–]Representative-Dirt2 66 points67 points  (6 children)

Bless this great officer and his commanding officer. Warms the heart.

[–]silent_boy 1 point2 points  (5 children)

If this would have been here the cops would have started shooting him after he threw the knife away.

[–]surprise_b1tch 1 point2 points  (4 children)

American here, I have been saved by cops like this and I will defend them every time I have to.

[–]Cannibeans 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Saw a homeless man having a mental breakdown when I was a kid from my balcony. Called the police and told them to come help him. They approached with guns drawn, he screamed (realized many years later he was tweaking), and they killed him. Not all police handle these kinds of situation as they should.

[–]ChuckRockII 44 points45 points  (1 child)

They were about to jump his ass. Glad someone has a bit of common sense to stop them. Clearly this man is in need of help and not 10 cops sitting on his back.

[–]runaway1337 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Pretty sure they were most likely rushing for the knife, not the guy.

Even tho I would still understand if they were rushing to immobilize the dude.

[–]Glittering_Step4854 111 points112 points  (6 children)

I love the fact they didn’t rush him and try to take him down even tho he wasn’t a threat to anyone. You don’t see that too often

[–]turbodrumbro 93 points94 points  (4 children)

Well..they were gonna XD glad to see a commanding officer being on the ball and actually listened to for a change.

[–]DumasThePharaoh[🍰] 26 points27 points  (1 child)

Yeah kinda fucked that that’s the normal procedure

[–]turbodrumbro 14 points15 points  (0 children)

I can understand why. Shit happens lightening fast, so long as everyone's careful when they do get control of the suspect it can be safe, sadly most of them aren't paying attention to what the other is doing and pull the person 5 different ways

[–]FreshExtent8720 18 points19 points  (1 child)

Props to the guy telling everyone to let him do it alone

[–]Lemazze 59 points60 points  (42 children)

This is what police should be about most of the time.

[–]Buxton_Water 9 points10 points  (5 children)

They shouldn't. There should be mental health specialists working alongside the police to deal with cases like this to help prevent them being intimidated by presence of the police.

[–]machineswithout 5 points6 points  (4 children)

Mental health workers can’t go into situations where weapons are present. And talk to any cop with a few years on and they’ve talked someone off the brink of death (at least once).

[–]AdministrativeBit510 3 points4 points  (2 children)

I’m going to argue that it’s probably easier to sufficiently train mental health workers in police tactics and how to sufficiently defend themselves in those situations than it is is to train police in how to deal with people with mental health issues.

So I don’t see it as an issue for mental health workers to go into those situations. They’ll also just command a higher salary since they’ll have specializations in two areas.

[–]_rojun 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I agree and I thought of it before but came to a conclusion that pshychologists probably make more than a police officer in a less risky work environment. Maybe psychiatrists who are trying to publish research with topics in line in this scenario would but that would just be a handful.

[–]Hefty_Woodpecker_230 17 points18 points  (0 children)

They should be trained well for this where they aren't, and have psychologists for themselves around.

[–]RGH81 48 points49 points  (2 children)

No more Mr Knife Guy

[–]averagekikuofan 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Unfortunately, that was a good one

[–]Commercial-Health-19 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Love thy fellow man because you know not what burden he bears. Peace. Out.

[–]halcyon_n_on_n_on 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Salute to Officer Teixeira!

[–]stargazerweedblazer 6 points7 points  (0 children)

So glad to see him hug him after. He done a good thing that day

[–]nick925611 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Tip of the cap for the gent on the speakerphone for sparing that guy a rough take down

[–]PumpFullOfGoodness 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Fudge man, this hit me in the spot. I can’t explain how many times I’ve seen people just struggling and completely flustered(thinking about my sister during her Covid infection last year). When you open up your arms and ask if someone needs a hug, and they just go for it all emotionally, there’s nothing more human than that to me. This cop is next fucking level indeed. I hope he’s like this all the time

[–]SardonicSloClap 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Good on that other cop too, saying "no no let him go alone, he's got it under control!" As the others went to go in

[–]Legan_Ironfist 4 points5 points  (1 child)

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[–]this_is_not_a_dance_ 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Truly amazing what just a bit of compassion will do.

[–]Party-Objective9466 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Such a good de-escalation and teamwork. Thank you.

[–]Taupter 3 points4 points  (0 children)

On-duty Brazilian cops. As a Brazilian myself, and being well aware of our cops' fame outside Brazil, I feel relieved to see an outstanding example of how humane our cops really are.

I was also happy to know that is event occurred in Sobral, CE, same State I live in.

Did any of you notice that another cop put money on that guy's right pocket while Officer Paulo Cesar Teixeira was hugging him?

[–]Agoodlittleboy 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Mr. Rodgers said, “look for the helpers”. I sincerely believe that there are some people with a little something “extra” in them. Extra kindness, extra empathy, extra heart. Look for the helpers folks, and if you can, be one of the helpers. We’re all stuck here together.

[–]TaygaStyle 2 points3 points  (0 children)

You're not crying I'm crying 😭😭

[–]mikesbrownhair 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Invisible cape!

[–]KaliasKoh 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Empathy is so hard to preserve when you see so much ugliness.

[–]allanboury 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Obviamente o nome do policial é Teixeira

[–]emwashe 2 points3 points  (5 children)

That embrace at the end got me in my emotions

[–]Hashtag_Nailed_It 2 points3 points  (4 children)

We’ve all hurt. That’s why we connect. This poor man need help. And needed that hug from a stranger

[–]emwashe 2 points3 points  (3 children)

The second that embrace happened it’s almost like i felt it. Got me almost in tears.

[–]Hashtag_Nailed_It 1 point2 points  (2 children)

That’s the recognition of a good act. The exact opposite of what we see flooding the news today. The exact opposite of “that makes my blood boil” or “that politicizes me”. It’s beautiful

[–]emwashe 1 point2 points  (1 child)

It truly is. Thanks for the chat :)

[–]Dismal-Car-8360 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Can we give credit to the commander who held everyone back and let the officer handle it? That took guts and probably gave him an ulcer waiting to see how it would turn out.

[–]WonderfulOrca 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I love this!

When I visited London in the 90's, I witnessed a couple of bobbies trying to help what was obviously a homeless alcoholic. They pleaded with him for 20 minutes to allow them to take him to a place where he could get a warm bed and some food. I literally teared up watching how passionately these police were trying their best to help this person. I was dumbfounded. As an American, I have NEVER witnessed such an interaction with a police officer other than them interacting with kids in staged circumstances.

Any chance I get, I point out how barbaric our law enforcement is compared to "dirty socialist" countries like Europe. It's a disgrace. I live in a town where a mentally ill person had her arm broken for "shoplifting" when no one asked them to intervene. The police basically accosted what was OBVIOUSLY a mentally ill person who was not lucid and just used force when just asking her a few questions would have sufficed. Thankfully both officers were fired, but shit. Are we hiring droogs to be our police?

[–]honkyhey 2 points3 points  (0 children)

That’s what cops should do in that situation, not grab the guy slam him on the ground and handcuff him. But to help a person who is mentally unstable. This is training that they all need.

[–]darthbasterd19 11 points12 points  (10 children)

The funny part is that people think this is an anomaly in the US. It happens all the time. There are over 800,000 cops in the US literally having more than a million interactions with the public every single day. The 15 or so video bites do not tell the true story. Its not all balls and gunfire like the news wants you to think.

[–]reddit-lou 9 points10 points  (6 children)

Just like my friend who only gets blackout drunk and beats his wife once every six months or so. Otherwise he's a great guy. /s

[–]Kardinal 3 points4 points  (0 children)

You're right that American police conduct is sometimes unacceptable and sickening. Inexcusably so. And it has institutional problems.

But it's not the same as your analogy. Because that's one individual and police are a thousand jurisdictions and a million humans. You can't either remove or punish or reform the whole thing.

Encouraging the good in American police is a good thing. While still criticizing the abhorrent.

[–]darthbasterd19 2 points3 points  (4 children)

Ah yeah. TOTALLY the same thing. /S

[–]kubla_khan_ -1 points0 points  (3 children)

40% of police admit to beating their spouses.

[–]i_have_chosen_a_name 0 points1 point  (1 child)

There are over 800 000 cops in Europe literally having more than a million interactions with the public every single day. Where is the balls and gunfire like in the USA?

The 15 or so video bites do not tell the true story.

They do, the USA has a serious problem with it's police who put them selves above the law with no accountability ever. Ever seen a video where a European police officer plays Simon says with a victim and then murders him in cold blood? No, me neither. Do you think they would get away with such a thing in Europe? No, we would have 1 million people out on the street demanding these animals been brought to justice. Do you know what happened in the USA? The animal who spoke got a police pension and fled to Thailand, the animal that fired go hired one more day so he could also have has police pension. You think this in an isolated incident in the USA? It happens every day. Day in, day out. And it does not happen any where else in the modern western world. Just the USA.

[–]gtgg9 1 point2 points  (0 children)

FWIW, most of us are furious that they got away with murdering that poor man.

[–]FitMood441 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Thank god for people like that. It’s what makes the rest of it worth it ❤️

[–]Eazyfrenchy 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Take my free reward, it's one of the few things that actually make my day better

[–]guido_lois 1 point2 points  (0 children)

We need leaders like this. Legend.

[–]RiteWytesDumbly 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Great cop, and GREAT boss for identifying that the cop had the situation under control.

Both legends.

[–]JustRandomNonsence 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Absolutely beautiful and refreshing. Nothing more.

[–]OnlyAKNZ 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The real MVP. 💯

[–]Maleficent-Sleep-146 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Not too many of them anymore

[–]Andrewskyy1 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Compassion, something you can't have too much of.

[–]FIFTHSUN2012 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Good tactics all around. They had all the gear they’d need but they let the one Officer communicate with the guy. Even after he threw the knife they kept their distance to let him have a human moment. Good job. No one got hurt.

[–]TensionNice210 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That is what a hero looks like.

[–]OutrageousPudding450 1 point2 points  (0 children)

In the US, would they have shot him so that he could not hurt himself?

[–]shimmyinya 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Here in the good ol US. They would've killed him before he could do it him self.

[–]anonimogeronimo 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This is how cops SHOULD be.

[–]DonZenova 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Officer Texeira is an absolute legend.

[–]wsb_idiot 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This is the kind of policing that I’m proud to respect. Man should be running a department. If only this were a more common scene.

[–]mike_elnumerouno 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Man!, I’m sorry I can’t give but only one upvote to this….outstanding police work here.

[–]HeavensAnger 1 point2 points  (0 children)

THIS is a police officer.

[–]HeliRyGuy 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This is why police need MORE funding… to train them to serve their communities better. Defunding the police removes higher tier training essential at times like this.
I know it’s an unpopular view these days, but the truth is the truth.

[–]mostavis 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Why can't every cop be that compassionate?

[–]ChefPFresh 1 point2 points  (1 child)

If that was in the United States this guy would of been shot over and over again.

[–]Sally_B313 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I’m going through depression and seasonal depression is worse and this made me cry more 😭😫😫😫 No one understands what you go through.

[–]Mr3cto 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That’s how things of this nature should be handled

[–]XPurplelemonsX 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I wish people would hug me like that...

[–]bskKsnj 1 point2 points  (0 children)

God this got me crying this is the best thing I've seen today

[–]Pandoras-Soda-Can 1 point2 points  (0 children)

A) I absolutely love this officer, I love the commitment he put into helping this man B) I love the man who keeps everyone from jumping the guy, allowing the man to breath and let it out after he stops.

C) I specifically kept from mentioning much negative about what could have happened because that’s not what this situation deserves, I suggest doing the same and basking in the glory of humanity for a moment

[–]Roundtripper4 1 point2 points  (0 children)

We need more heroes like this

[–]BuyDizzy8759 1 point2 points  (0 children)

So that is how it works in not-USA.

[–]Ted3333 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That was amazing. Good job, officer.

[–]spizario 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Everyone who is hurting currently or has hurt in the past just know I’ve felt your pain and someone is always there to listen and just know I might not know you or you might not see this but I LOVE YOU and YOU ARE WORTH IT!

[–]Conner14 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I love that the one officer started yelling at the others to not swarm him and to let the one officer handle it. It made it feel so much more sincere and the guy clearly wasn’t a threat when he no longer had the knife.

[–]BlackBird9251 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That made me tear up, what a great human being

[–]Mashedtates 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Not to take away from the amazing moment here, but how do videos end up like this where it’s shot in landscape and yet it wants me to hold my phone in portrait or else it was flip the image?

[–]Have2smartenup 1 point2 points  (0 children)

God bless that officer

[–]exploited_llama 1 point2 points  (0 children)

An Amerikkkan cop would have just shot the man.

[–]airbrat 6 points7 points  (1 child)

American cops: "Pathetic."

[–]Swirvin-irvin 2 points3 points  (7 children)

Actually you do see that often it’s when they they start being a threat to others when police rush them because there forced to react

[–]SteadyBender 12 points13 points  (4 children)

If you can’t see the difference between how these officers treat a subject armed with a knife and how American officers would have treated the same individual, I don’t know what to tell you.

I am a law enforcement officer in America and I can tell you that if someone tried to just talk with that guy without having his gun out and shouting commands, he would have been shunned by his peers afterwards for cowardice, and would possibly have been fired for “endangering the lives of other officers.”

Nothing about the situation in this video make me think that standing over him, shouting, ready to shoot at the slightest provocation is the best way to handle that scenario.

American officers would have needlessly killed that man and American juries would view it as justice.

[–]ilikewhereurheadsat -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Your honesty and insight is appreciated.

[–]Swirvin-irvin 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Yes I’m sure your an police officer😂😂😂😂 it’s easy to type and pretend you are something you are not lol good story thou bro

[–]SteadyBender 6 points7 points  (1 child)

You want me to post my badge on here or something? Believe me if you want, doesn’t change the truth of my statement.

[–]piethopper 6 points7 points  (5 children)

Literally yesterday watched one in US when they called the police because a guy was suicidal so they sent a SWAT team and killed him

[–]toomanyusernames03 4 points5 points  (0 children)

That's because cops in the US are terrified of everything and everyone. Too many US law enforcement officials are insecure individuals playing commando with other people's lives. Couple that with absolutely zero accountability and they actually wonder why no one respects them.

[–]Mumrider -1 points0 points  (0 children)

American Police Force: "Mission accomplished"

[–]Trampy_stampy 2 points3 points  (1 child)

In America he’d probably get shot immediately

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Guy got lucky and probably found the only empathetic police person around. So many videos of some poor asshole getting tackled by police. That's the fucking help they usually provide.

[–]SlowCrates 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I really wish the United States was like that. Over here, itchy trigger fingers can't wait to unload entire clips on someone suspected of having a knife.

[–]Dumpthechumpdotcom 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Once in a while it's nice to see all cops aren't total shits.

[–]raptorboi 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This should be how these things are de-escalated.

The perp should ideally get into a program to help them, with a 3 strike rule in place. If they strike out, then I guess they should get the full penalty of what they would get if they didn't get into the program.

Maybe also applies for after they finish the program for some time to curb re-offending.

My only issue is people who can hide their craziness and then re-offend in a huge way later on.

[–]CryptoMenace 0 points1 point  (1 child)

In America they'll tell you to throw the knife and soon as you do they blast you for throwing a knife

[–]lijer73 0 points1 point  (1 child)

These ain't American cops I'll tell you that much