German police receives backlash for using wristlocks to break up a protest

German law enforcement officers gained attention on social media after employing the “pain grip” technique to disperse protesters causing roadblocks. This method has sparked a debate, with opinions divided on whether it constitutes an acceptable means of handling such situations.

The incident unfolded during a demonstration by a group named “Last Generation” in Germany, aiming to raise awareness about climate change. Unfortunately, their method of protest, which involved sitting in the middle of the road holding signs, disrupted traffic flow in Berlin.

Upon police intervention, the protesters were requested to clear the road, but their resistance prompted the use of force. The authorities opted for the “pain grip” technique, a classic method involving a wrist lock. By bending the wrist and lifting the arm, this technique induces pain, compelling individuals to stand up.

While effective, the use of the pain grip led to heated confrontations. Some protesters, despite experiencing pain, refused to comply with police orders. In one instance, two officers carried a protester away while he screamed in pain.

The viral video sparked a debate on social media regarding the appropriateness of the police action. Opinions are varied, with some viewing the technique as a reasonable measure to maintain order:

“Wrist lock, all cops should know this and be trained to use these pressure point holds, better than chemical weapons if you have to go hands-on.”

“Fun fact, if they followed police directions, the cops wouldn’t use it.”

Conversely, others argue that the use of force was excessive and that alternative methods should have been employed first:

“The cops could just carry them normally, which takes the exact same – if not less – effort.”

The debate continues, highlighting the ongoing discourse surrounding the appropriate level of force in handling public protests and the methods employed by law enforcement in such situations.