What would you do if you drove by a police car and noticed a man beating on an officer, one wrist handcuffed and the cuffs flying through the air as the assailant wailed on the cop? Well, to the luck of one Memphis city officer, Darryle Tate just happened to be driving by and saw the commotion. .
Michael Green was suspected of trying to sell his EBT card in the parking lot of a Cash Saver in Memphis. When the officer alerted to his crime came out to assess the situation, he asked Greene to step over to his vehicle so that he might search him. A preliminary search conducted by the officer yielded the knowledge of a hidden metal pipe in Green’s waistband. The officer put one handcuff on Greene and was trying to put the other wrist in the cuff when Greene turned the tide and began wailing on the officer. That’s when Darrlye Tate was turning the corner and just happened upon the scene.
For 25 years, Darryle served in active duty as a U.S. Marine and then held the position of a police officer himself in California. When he saw the officer under duress he quickly sprang into action"I just straddled him out--put my arm around his neck and pulled him up with enough force to get him off the ground," Tate said. That act was enough to turn the tide and allow the officer to regain control of the event. Greene was then arrested on charges including: attempted second-degree murder and resisting arrest. The officer suffered several injuries to his face, knees and elbows.
"God just puts you in places sometimes for a reason, and I feel like that was where I was suppose to be at that time," Tate said.
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