Yeah really. If I put my hands on you there is contact and you may shift because of it but I wouldn't say I'm hitting you. Then the shove comes in. You ever have somebody put there hands on you when you're hammered? Usually there tends to be a physical over reaction. Having said that though I didn't see that in the video at all.
And no he is not down the way he was obviously told to be down. If he was told to stay down and he starts to sit up he is in the wrong and should be put back down to where he was told to be. Sitting up when being told not to is not still being down how he was told to be. Believe it or not there are different versions of being "down" and there are reasons why the cops would want him laying down as opposed to sitting up.
Quite honestly I think some people just want to be against the cops no matter what. That's no better than the people that say anything goes and the cops can do whatever they like which is what cooker incorrectly compared people to in this thread. I don't know if it's an authority thing or what.
I'm sorry I simple don't see this how you're describing it. I think much like what the OP implied you're also exaggerating what has happened. I did say earlier that I thought this could have been more gentle (or rather I said it wasn't gentle) but this is also a reaction to somebody doing something they were told not to do. He got up when he was told not to...and he was put back down in what may be slightly excessive but certainly not extreme or dangerous. Excessive really is a loaded word...covers a real spectrum don't you think?
I guess we're going to have to agree to disagree, as we can't even agree on the video we both watched.
I'll say this though, if you think I just want to be against cops no matter what, you're off base. While I am highly critical and outspoken about what I see as police injustice, there is nothing I'd love more than to trust and depend on the police. I am not against the police, just the members that make up the majority of uniforms.