Embattled former Red Bank patrol officer Mark Kaylor took the stand Wednesday afternoon to deny charges that he used improper and/or excessive force in 2014 while trying to subdue Candido Medina-Resendiz and take him into custody.
He said Medina-Resendiz failed to comply when other officers instructed him to get out of the car so he could be handcuffed and taken into custody. Even after the suspect was knocked flat to the ground, he put his hands under his chest so he could not be cuffed, Kaylor said.
To officers, that meant the suspect might have a concealed weapon that he was trying to get to, Kaylor testified. Consequently, they began following the uses of force they were taught during training, escalating from one level to the next as the various procedures seemed to have no effect on the mans continuing resistance.
Kaylor said he went to the final phase closed fist punches to the mans face only after seeing that the suspect was trying to attack him by biting his right arm.
Bites are particularly dangerous, he said, since they can spread disease from the attacker to the person bitten.
Besides that, he said, I just dont like to get bit.
Although Kaylor seemed calm ...