On Dec. 25, 2019, a New Haven, Connecticut, police officer approached a man whose car was parked illegally, and told him to go sit on the sidewalk.
Within just a few minutes, the situation had escalated to violence. In a video posted on YouTube by a Hartford news station, the officer can be seen slamming the man to the ground, kicking him and pulling his hair. Because the officer was wearing a body camera, it was all caught on tape, and the officer, Jason Santiago, was later charged with third-degree assault.
How do simple police-civilian interactions like this become violent so quickly?