Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Expert Rips Apart New NYPD Arrest Rules, Endangers Cops

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Jared Evan

Rener Gracie, the grandson of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu founder Hélio Gracie, studied the new NYPD arrest guidelines and finds them completely ineffective

Gracie is an American Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner, a chief instructor at the Gracie University (formerly Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy), and co-creator of the Gracie University online curriculum. A member of the Gracie family, he is the grandson of Grandmaster Hélio Gracie, and the second-eldest son of Grandmaster Rorion Gracie, who was among some of the first family members to bring Gracie jiu-jitsu to the United States along with Carley Gracie, and Carlson Gracie. Rener is the husband of actress, model and former pro-wrestler Eve Torres, Wikipedia summarized.

The City Council’s anti-chokehold bill also bans cops pinning suspects by the back or chest.

“When you remove the safest control method, you force them to use the less safe tools that they have,” said Gracie, 36, including “violent alternatives” such as Tasers and even firearms.

He said “with absolute certainty” that the new rules will have the “opposite effect in New York” on keeping safe any suspects — as well as cops — calling it “a very dangerous situation.”

” [N]ever use a chokehold, neckhold, or headlock on the subject of an arrest. Never sit, kneel or stand on the subject’s torso — including the back, the chest, or the abdomen,” read a new memo distributed to the NYPD, shortly after the new law went into effect.

An officer was actually arrested in late June after trying to arrest a criminal who was resisting arrest. The cop found himself arrested along with the suspect.

Officer David Afanador, 39, was charged with attempted strangulation and strangulation over the Sunday encounter in Queens that was captured on cellphone camera, according to police in late June

Afanador was one of four cops who were arresting 35-year-old Ricky Bellevue on the Rockaway Boardwalk.

Over the weekend a video went viral as thugs surrounded police in the Bronx, and one wrestled with a cop on the floor. At one point the officer was put in a headlock, a maneuver the police cannot use themselves.

“Even the best police officer in the history of New York City … will face charges if they put their non-violent skills to use” while arresting someone “perfectly, effectively, and justifiabl”, Grace said in his video.

It could leave officers “so fearful” of new laws they will “instead go to a Taser or prematurely to a firearm in order to control someone during an arrest,” said Gracie, a black belt for almost 20 years, The Post reported.

He attacked a “knee-jerk reaction” by a “roomful of suits at City Council” who have “ever been arrested or been in a real street fight.”

“And here they are deciding the future of policing in New York City,” he complained.

“I’ve spoken to several officers in New York City and morale could not be any lower. Many of them are considering early retirement,” he said in one video.

“ Police are in a bad place in NYC, they have to worry about getting arrested if they put someone resisting arrest in a headlock, they might have to use worse techniques like the taser, maybe they will ban that next, so cops cant arrest anyone and face resisting all the time, the pendulum is swinging too fast to the other side, no balance, we need police reform, but this is not the way”,  a retired NYPD officer from Brooklyn, told TJV