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Non-lethal, but dead-on: WATCH Russian cops use massive BIRCH LOG to disarm knife-wielding man

Non-lethal, but dead-on: WATCH Russian cops use massive BIRCH LOG to disarm knife-wielding man
Known as the Russian national tree, birch also works well as a Taser, apparently – at least this is how these local policemen tackled a violent knifeman, whom they didn’t want to shoot because they “pitied” the erratic man.

Starting off as a typical ‘meanwhile in Russia’ video, the undated clip, which surfaced on social media this week, quickly turns into a tense and thought-provoking standoff. The video begins in the middle of an altercation between three traffic police officers and a man wielding a knife and a traffic baton – which he apparently yanked from the cops.

The profanity-laced exchange, possibly filmed by another officer, involved the traffic police demanding that the man lay down his arms, while threatening to use deadly force. One cop is indeed holding the knifeman at gunpoint. 

But the man, clearly acting erratically, keeps advancing while waving his knife and shouting: “Come on, shoot! I don’t give a f**k.” 

The officers can be heard briefly discussing the possibility of firing a warning shot and then shooting the man – but luckily for the knifeman, none of them turned out to be trigger-happy. 

“I just pity the fool,” one of the officers says, explaining why he would not fire.

The situation seems deadlocked, but it is suddenly resolved in a most unexpected and bizarre fashion. The camera shifts to one the cops running towards the perpetrator with a huge – at least two meters long – birch log, striking him from behind.

While this wasn't a decisive blow, the troublemaker seems momentarily stunned by such an unconventional non-lethal weapon being used against him, giving another officer a chance to jump on the knifeman from behind and bring him to the ground.

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It’s unclear what happened next, and further information about the video has yet to emerge, but the scene has already triggered some reaction on YouTube.

“Armed police and they still take him down with a log. Impressive. It shows how good the training is to not kill at the first opportunity. They are clearly trained at de-escalation,” David Lazarus wrote. 

“Good for them! They recognized that man was nuts and didn't kill him. I hope he gets whatever help he needs,” another commenter said.

“I think some cops in America should take a cue from these guys,” Chris wrote, while a smorgasbord of other comments fantasized about what would have happened to the man in the US.

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