Hyannis – Patrolman Campbell was checking on a nearly comatose individual sleeping in front of the transportation center this afternoon.
Campbell was having difficulty getting a response from the man who simply would not wake up.
The man sleeping on the bench later admitted to being a homeless heroin addict, which explains why Campbell elected to use his baton to try to awaken him. Officers need to take extra precautions while trying to help unconscious or sleeping individuals, especially ones showing obvious signs of drug abuse. It isn’t unusual for a Barnstable Cop to get stuck with a hypodermic needle, especially in the Hyannis area.
Officer Campbell was finally able to get a response from the sleeping male, but it wasn’t a very nice response…
The male woke up and immediately began to make violent threats towards Campbell. Campbell made sure the man knew he was talking with a police officer, but that did not deter the individual from threatening to harm Campbell.
Campbell did not have time to reason with the belligerent attacker. The male suddenly lunged at the officer and Campbell instinctively took a step backwards reaching for his Taser.
Campbell quickly leveled the Taser towards the lurching attacker and pulled the trigger. The Taser seemingly deployed properly and the prongs attached to the attacker. The male stopped in his tracks but did not seem to fully feel the effects of the electricity as he remained standing and began moving away from the officer.
As you will see in the video below, Campbell needed to quickly drop the Taser and resort to going “hands on” in an effort to secure the male in handcuffs.
Also on the same video below, you’ll see other officers arresting an intoxicated male who decided to urinate out in the open at the transportation center right in front of pedestrians and young children. Patrolman Peter Myrbeck and other officers caught up to the intoxicated male on Main Street, placing him under arrest for Indecent Exposure and Protective Custody.
Above photo: A leery young passerby quickly maneuvers past the male who had just urinated out in the open without even turning his back away from the public. The indecent male is the one sitting on the right wearing a black top with white stripes. His two friends sitting to the left of him also seemed drunk and oblivious to their surroundings.
Above photo: Several officers caught up to the indecent male and his friends a short distance from the transportation center on Main Street.
The following video shows both aforementioned arrests. The video contains strong language and viewer discretion is advised. [Press play]
It was a busy rush hour in the East End near the transportation center. In yet another separate incident, officers were also out searching for a man who staggered into the Plymouth & Brockton bus garage and stole some tools. According to witnesses, the male was approximately 45-years-old with gray hair and wearing a blue sweatshirt. One of the mechanics inside the garage watched as the man staggered in off the street and helped himself to the contents of his friend's tool box. When the mechanic asked the guy what he was doing, the obviously intoxicated tool thief was unable to provide a clear intelligible response and took off in the direction of Bradford's Hardware on East Main Street.
In other news earlier in the day, police also responded to the East End for what was reported to be a “riot” in progress. Several cruisers rushed to 174 Main Street. It turned out to be a heated civil dispute between a landlord and some tenants. It was anything but a riot... The following photo shows a moment of levity between today's “rioters” and Officer Gretchen Allen.
Overall, it was a typical day in the East End of Hyannis.
Robert Bastille, HyannisNews.com
P.S. – Tonight's HyTown Vignette is brought to by an old time rising Starr who finally learned to just say no... [Press play]
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