A passerby recorded Houston police making an arrest on the sidewalk in front of a gas station — and then helped them deescalate the situation by getting directly involved, according to reports.
“Don’t get on his neck now,” Ulerick Fields is heard saying from a distance as an officer struggles to arrest a man on the ground who witnesses said had a knife and appeared to be high on drugs, ABC 13 Houston reported. The incident took place at a gas station in southeast Houston July 6.
The video shows the officer looking towards Fields and pointing to his knee. "I'm on his back," he says.
Fields then asked the officer if he needed help and was surprised when he said yes, according to the station. He thought the officer was being sarcastic.
"I thought he was trying to bait me into a situation to get me in trouble. But, when he came back and asked again, I knew he needed help. So right then and there, my heart went out to the both of them," Fields explained.
The video shows Fields prone on the ground speaking to man being arrested, telling him to “chill out.”
He is then seen helping the officer place the man in handcuffs.
The suspect had initially been subdued by the officer with a stun gun.
Fields told the station he could relate to the man being arrested, having once been a “career criminal” who had found God and turned his life around. He said he wanted the same for the suspect.
"The suspect needed a chance to have a second chance," Fields told the station. "Not to get hurt, not to get killed, not to get brutally beat up."
KHOU-TV reported that Fields’ video had gone viral on social media, viewed hundreds and thousands of times. Musician Timbaland shared it on his Instagram page, commenting, “They got it right this time‼️ HPD.” Snoop Dogg replied to the video with a blue heart.
Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo applauded the teamwork, ABC 13 reported.
"To me, that should be a training video for society and for the police officers to illustrate how we should work together," he said.
In a tweet, Acevedo said, “This is why I love Houston, TX! We may not be perfect, but Houston police & HTX have relationship second to none.”