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Thomas Gibson

DUI Arrest Video

'STOP RESISTING'

1/8/2013 11:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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It took 5 fully-grown police officers to wrestle "Dharma & Greg" star Thomas Gibson to the ground during his DUI bust in L.A. this weekend ... and TMZ has the crazy arrest video.

We broke the story ... cops believe an intoxicated Gibson tried to drive his Audi SUV through a part of downtown L.A. that had been sectioned off for a nighttime half-marathon around 1 AM on Sunday morning. 

The footage begins with Gibson standing next to his car speaking with police ... when a bike cop arrives to the scene and screams for the actor to, "Get on the ground, NOW!"

At that point, all of the officers on scene rush toward Gibson and manhandle him to the ground as he yells, "Why?! Why!?"

While Gibson is on the ground, he can be heard telling the cops, "I am NOT resisting ... I am NOT resisting!"

After Gibson is successfully placed in cuffs, the cops help him up and escort him away from his vehicle.

Gibson was eventually taken to a nearby station where he was booked for DUI -- and was released later that day on $15,000 bail.

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76.

EyeSee    

Re: Konoba1970 I think it must have been one of the other cops who said something about it not being very nice and to move. Not sure. I didn't hear that. But Thomas was busy saying saying "stopstopstop" about 7 times in a row as he was being dragged down.
I think he was clearly frightened and everything was happening too quickly for him to process. Rather than recognize that and take the time to stop and reason with him, the cops just treated him like a hardened criminals-- but given the times that they have tried to talk people down and the people tricked them and got violent, I know why the do that in some cases. Maybe they thought he was going to run.
I agree that the press does not use "allegedly" enough. They like to use sensational and misleading titles to their articles to bring in viewers. Sort of like the articles that said a young boy was inspired by Criminal Minds to kill his father. But once you read the article, the supposed episode the boy claimed as inspiration was not even an episode of that show. So they should have said that the boy claimed to be inspired instead of stating it as fact. I think that is irresponsible at best.
Unfortunately, the police have no legal obligation to tell someone why they are being arrested at the time of the arrest. They do have to be told when they are actually being charged, but they can be detained for up to 48 hours (last I checked-- I could be wrong on that now) without being told why.
Since I grew up in a law enforcement family, I learned quite a bit about the attitudes and some of the tricks. I don't know if this is still done, but back in the 70s and 80s, some LEOs were told to carry drop weapons in case they had to kill someone that was unarmed and needed to put a weapon in the hand of the body to make a better case for self-defense (although no one I knew ever actually did that).
It also seems that if a cop just doesn't like someone's attitude, some of them will trump up charges-- like claim that a person resisted or claim that they heard something or smelled something as an excuse. Obviously not all cops do this, but there are some who do, and those ones ruin it for the good cops.
From the video it appears that the cop did not even tell Thomas why he was being arrested-- but it is entirely possible that she had told him and he didn't understand, but we don't know.
The male cop who instructed him to bend his arm back sounded calm and even had a more polite tone. So not all of the cops in this situation were being unreasonable.
That said, a friend of mine who's brother is on a SWAT team watched the footage and said he thought it was excessive force given the situation.
Oh man, that arrow and the DING sound really interfered with watching the video. I'd like to see the footage without that and see if it makes any difference in what we can see/hear. The watermark over the middle was also a problem. I don't begrudge them for wanting to mark something as theirs, but it sucks when it hinders your view of what was happening.
Ideally in this situation the first cop should have explained to Thomas why he was being arrested (if she had not already done so). The second cop should have asked what was going on and what the problem was and tried to resolve it in a calm manner.
On one hand, someone might say that Thomas should have just done what the cop told him to do, but reasonable people like to know why things are happening and I don't think it was unreasonable for him to ask "why". Granted his tone sounded rather upset and almost angry-- and I think that is what made Bike cop #1 so hostile.
I wonder how the cops remember this going down and if any of them looked at the video later and re-evaluated the situation. Although its more likely they will just say he should have complied in the first place.
I hope things turn out ok for Thomas in the end.
Shemar got busted for speeding and DUI back in 2007 (around 1am as well) and he plead no contest to a misdemeanor so the DUI charges were dropped-- but part of the plea deal was that he had to serve 3 years probation, 80 hours community service, and pay a $1,400 fine.
One thing I am curious about is whether or not they did a blood test for alcohol later on and if there were any conclusive results. Someone was telling me they thought for sure that if the blood did not have alcohol that the charges would have been dropped-- but you never know. From my experiences, the justice system is not swift when it comes to the courtroom.
Ever get called for jury duty? so incredibly slow waiting to be eliminated (I'm usually one of the first ones the defense wants out).

462 days ago
77.

steve    

Last year 7 million admitted driving drunk and 1 million were arrested.
The numbers of people killed by dui's is just short of the numbers killed by guns. Don't drink and drive http://zautos.com/dui-fast-facts/

461 days ago
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Angelic_Sassyma    

Seriously? What an overzealous bitch of a cop. I'm not condoning drinking and driving, but Thomas wasn't, from what I saw, being unreasonable or belligerent. The cop, which I'm pretty sure, has "little man syndrome", rolls up with such strong authority...NOT! She was trying to be a bad ass, and take Gibson down, like the Criminal Mind's team does. I betcha she even peddles down the street, singing to herself, "Bad boys, bad boys. Whatcha gonna do? Whatcha gonna do if they come for you?"

367 days ago
79.

Munyay    

I really love criminal minds but I'm offended that they use real life serial killers at start of show as wallpaper.

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