my first post on this forum. I've been reading here for some time now. I've been practicing kendo for 15 years (I also did six years of shotokan karate in this period). A while ago, I took up aikido because I felt I needed to do something unweaponed as well. I thought this would complement to my kendo. Recently I've been thinking of changing aikido for judo though. Although aikido has great concepts that I really like, I feel that my practice has to be pressure-tested, in a way like we do in kendo (keiko or randori). I think this is even more true if you don't get to practice daily. Now, these are just my personal thoughts, not exactly the point I want to discuss here, but I thought I'd give it as a background.
The other day I witnessed an incident that disturbed me ever since and which had me thinking a lot.
I was in the main hall of a big bank in town, there was some ruckus going on between an African woman, a security guard and a female cop. I don't know what happened before, but as they were talking, the female cop took the woman by the hand and the male guard used this distraction to hip-sweep the woman from the back. (uchi mata, I believe) She was rather big, so she fell flat on her face with a big loud smack. (after which they put on handcuffs) Ouch! I was amazed at this sudden burst of violence, since I thought it was uncalled for.
She might have been unwilling to comply, but I didn't see any violent physical behavior on her part. She was big but seemed unlikely to have any fighting skill, so to throw her violently on her face without first trying something less violent like a wristlock seemed very disproportionate to me. It even raises questions as to police brutality or racism. As I was on my way to work, and the "arrest" seemed "official", I didn't interfere, but I've been worrying about this ever since.
From a MA point of view, I thought I'd ask someone more knowledgeable than me:
1) in subdueing an unwilling person like in an arrest, is a wristlock (like, eg nikkyo) a realistic approach? Or is, it as some state, that "locks don't work"? Especially when the arrestant is rather strong and resisting.
2) Basically the same question: in a "real" arrest situation, is it the officer's best choice to go into a sudden (and violent) neutralization technique like a throw, or should he use more "gradual" techniques, like a wristlock? Would the latter put the officer in danger?
3) I felt the security guard was testing his skills using an unnecessary technique, rather than doing his job. (i.e., violently attacking an unathletic woman from the back) To me this seems rather cowardly. (and I wonder how he would have fared against a big strong athletic guy) Would you have interfered? What would be the right way to react to such a situation?
All the best,