Teen In Handcuffs Saves Officer Who Arrested Him

Sometimes your guardian angel may be wearing handcuffs.

A young man who was once seen as in trouble with the law is now being praised by the law for saving an officers life.

According to the Fort Lauderdale Police Department, on Sept. 10, 2014, Officer Franklin Foulks was in the process of booking 17-year-old Jamal Rutledge, when the cop collapsed due to some heart issues.

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As the video above shows, Rutledge “immediately began to kick the security fence and yell to alert officers in the area,” police said in a news release.

Sgt. Todd Bunin overheard the commotion — and with the assistance of Officers Robert Norvis and Raymond Ketchmark — aided Foulks with CPR and a defibrillator before emergency medical services got to the scene.

Rutledge and the three officers will receive commendations for their actions at the City of Ft. Lauderdale Commission Meeting on Jan 21.

So far the reports are that the teen remains under probation restrictions, but the department is hoping that they will be lifted for the ceremony.

The teen had been arrested for allegedly violating probation and burglary, police said.

“We wanted to make sure we commended him for making the right decision,” a spokesperson said. “We wanted to make a positive impact on him and his vision of police officers.”

It’s nice to read about some positive stories about police interactions with Black male youth. For more on this story, stay tuned to BlackDoctor.org