Police Brutality or Civilian Stupidity?

When keeping' it real goes painfully wrong

Some people just go outta their way to get a beatdown. They wake up in the morning, brush their teeth, get dressed, look in the mirror and say, “I want to get my ass kicked today.”

They don’t have to work very hard to find one.   Case in point:

SEATTLE — Seattle police are investigating what they call an assault of an officer in South Seattle.

However, a police officer is seen punching a 17-year-old girl in the face during the incident captured by a video camera on Monday.

According to Seattle police, the incident began when an officer spotted a man jaywalking in the 3100 block of Martin Luther King, Jr. Way S. at approximately 3:10 p.m. The man was some 15 feet away from a pedestrian overpass, police said.

The officer was talking to the man when he saw four young women jaywalk across the same street at the same spot. The officer asked the women to step over to his patrol car, but the women were being “verbally antagonistic toward the officer,” according to officials.

One of the women, later identified as a 19 year old, began to walk away from the scene despite the officer’s instructions, prompting the officer to walk over to her and escort her back to his patrol car.

The girl then “began to tense up her arm, and pull away from the officer while yelling at him,” investigators said. The officer told the girl to place her hands on his patrol car, but she refused. When the officer tried to grab hold of her, “she pulled away and twisted, breaking free of the officer’s grip several times,” the blotter report said.

When the officer tried to handcuff the girl, another girl, this one 17 years old, intervened and placed her hands on the officer’s arm, “causing the officer to believe she was attempting to physically affect the first subject’s escape,” police said.

The officer pushed back the second girl, but the girl came back at him. The officer then punched her, police said.

The officer then handcuffed the 19-year-old woman. Other officers arrived and helped handcuff the second girl.

Both teens were cited for jaywalking. The older suspect was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of obstructing an officer. The 17-year-old girl was booked into the Youth Service Center for investigation of assault of an officer.

Nobody was injured during the incident, police said.

Seattle police have not reviewed the video of the incident. Sgt. Sean Whitcomb said investigators may review the video on Tuesday.

Whitcomb said the officer involved in the incident sent out a call for help, prompting other officers to rush to his aid.

All use of force on the job is reviewed, Whitcomb said, as use of force is under the officer’s discretion. He added that punching is a trained tactic.

“There will be a thorough investigation into this incident,” he said.

This was more of a case of civilian stupidity than police brutality. What’s she thinking the cop is going to do when she grabs his arm? Give her a high-five?

This isn’t another Henry Louis Gates situation where both parties contributed to a situation being blown up into a national dialogue on race and police. No beer summits here.

First, race is irrelevant here. A jaywalker is a jaywalker is a jaywalker. The cop was working alone in a situation where he had bitten off a little more than he could chew. Who knew what should be a stupid ticket turn into a viral video that will be shown over and over for the next few days?

Maybe the cop should have radioed for backup, but didn’t have the opportunity, besides who would think you’re going to need help to collar a jaywalker?

It looks bad when the cop clocks the one girl, but when she escalated the event from supporting her friend verbally to putting her hands on him, that was when his training had to kick in because the shit was getting real. I think she’s lucky he didn’t use more force because under similar circumstances I bet some cops would have shot first and explained later.

A longer version of the video shows what happened after the second girl was arrested.  Judge for yourself if the cop overreacted or his use of force was appropriate.

When the cops are in the wrong, give ’em hell. When the cops are in the right, give ’em a break. Besides letting the girls go, I’m not sure what else the police officer could have done…no, I take that back–there’s plenty more he could have done and if he had we would be debating cops gunning down jaywalkers instead.

As for those bystanders with their cell phone cameras providing a running commentary, we are a nation that likes to watch, haven’t we?

I’m not advocating cracking the heads of folks who think the cross walk is only a suggestion, but let’s use a little common sense here.  When your friend is being an idiot and talking smack to an annoyed police officer why jump in co-sign the stupidity?  Especially when that so-called “friend” is acting like a  fool and showing their butt in public. What anyone should do with a “friend” like that is let them take the ride downtown BY THEIR DAMN SELF and do them a favor by calling their ma and pa and letting them know they need to bail Pookie out of jail.

Yes, the officer punched the young woman. She attempted to intercede and stop the officer from making an arrest. She was obstructing the law and he laid down the law dead smack on the nose. BAM! ONE SHOT, KID!

I gotta give her some props. That was a pretty classic overhand right and she took it like a champ. Didn’t even knock her on her ass. They make ’em pretty tough in Seattle obviously.

Now before Al and Jesse and the other Usual Suspects parachute in to lead a one-day rally against police brutality before zooming off to their next photo-op, let’s be clear here.  Before anyone says, “He shouldn’t have hit a woman,” stop it.  Just squash that noise before you start. You’re the one being sexist here. If this was one guy coming to the aid of another guy nobody would be crying sexism.  If equality means anything it means when a woman gets stupid like this woman did, she can get her lights punched out just the same as any man.

No sexual discrimination. No double standards. Equal ass-whuppings under the law.

IF the cop had shot her or her mouthy friend, you bet I’d be all over him like a bad rash. Shooting someone for jaywalking? Nobody’s calling for that. But when you interfere with a police officer enforcing the law, you’re asking for bad things to happen to you.

It’s real easy to learn how not to get your ass kicked by the police.

Our friend who is now enjoying the hospitality of the Seattle Police Department should have paid closer attention.

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8 thoughts on “Police Brutality or Civilian Stupidity?

  1. Plus police work in very uptight situations (not sure if that is the right word). They have to be prepared for anything, considering the attitudes some people may unjustly hold toward them. In this case, punching the girl in the face was a normal response.

    Also. Don’t touch the policeman. Ever.

  2. As the film starts the cop already has his hands on the woman and she is struggling. We don’t know what happened leading to the confrontation. It’s easy to assume that either one of them were wrong. We don’t know. Things can escalate in a hurry.

    I can only agree with the guy who says “are you serious?” I think the cop shouldn’t have put his hands on her. She should have taken the ticket and that would have been that, but one word can lead to another.

  3. I completely disagree with you on this one champ. no way in hell should he have hit that women…come on now how much damage do you really think she was gonna do. She was trying to break up the officer and her friend..Now her friend def was mouthing off , but hey we all have freedom of speech. I think there are great police officers out there , but I also think there are ones who abuse their power. I believe this was a case of something that could of been so minor blown into something way ridiculous…either way I do believe he was wrong for Punching that women. Oh yeah she barely even flinched so I gotta give her props on that…lol

    Peace KUF

    • You’re looking at it from the perspective of the friend. I see it from the perspective of the cop. How’s he supposed to know if she’s trying to get him to release her friend or about to go for his gun? When a cop is arresting someone, you don’t interefere and you definitely don’t put your hands on him. Punching her lights out looks bad, but if he soaked her down with some Mace, whipped out a taser or just shot her things go from ridiculous to tragic. Freedom of speech doesn’t give anyone the right to be an asshole and this was just a bad situation that got much worse than it had to.

      Like I said, give the cops hell when they’re wrong and give ’em a break when they’re right. I think the cop was in the right this time.

  4. When I read a news article prior to seeing any video I envisioned something terrible. Upon viewing the video the cop was justifiable for his actions. He reacted first then controlled the situation. He was grabbed, turned, and punched. Now I don’t condone police brutality or man on woman (or woman on man either) but I feel after watching the tape he was overwhelmed with the situation and it was escalated by the young girl grabbing his arm. You can’t blame the cop. It’s not like he came charging at her with his fist cocked back. I agree with you completely, wanna get your ass beat? grab a cop’s arm as he’s restraining someone else. She’s 17 she should have known better but nonetheless it’s a hard lesson learned.

  5. NEW LAW THE Aiyana Jones BILL

    As of this date _____/_____/____________/ no American police officer can murder a unarmed American citizen and remain a police officer! He or she will be fire immediately! And charge with a crime! If the American citizen is unarmed and under the age of 18 years of age! The police Officer be charge with “first degree murder”! If the unarmed American citizen is unarmed and innocent and is injure by being beaten or taser a cop that is found to use unnecessary force! That cop cannot ever have use of that equipment! He or she will be fire immediately!

    All raids that are conducted must investigate first that children under the age of 12 ARE NOT PRESENT! If a child or children are present under the age of 12 years old. A raid cannot be conducted! If a senior citizen is present over the age of 70 year old a raid cannot be conducted!

    A cop CANNOT taser a pregnant American citizen or senior citizen! If a pregnant citizen is injure from being taser that officer will be charge with double offences! Police can no longer place American citizen on the ground to handcuff nor can they place a knee on a American citizen back,neck or head!

    Ones a American citizen is handcuff he or she is place in the patrol car. NOT made to lay on the ground or patrol car. Also a senior citizen on oxygen CANNOT BE TASER!

    A AMERICAN CITIZEN

  6. WHITE & SOMETIMES BLACK POLICE BRUTALITY

    White police brutality is on the up in America or rather is being recorded more . It could be that it at the same level it always was! White American are taught from birth that blacks are the bad people and whites are the bad people! When is the country going to realize that some white police officers are sick with racist and hatful beliefs of minorities especially black Americans adult and children especially black males! In the first six months of 2010 white cops have murder or injure nearly 100 black children under17 years old! Watching the new today another white cop caught on video beating an American citizen! Now sometimes the police officer is BLACK …Shamefully some black police officer become just as evil and abusive as white police officers! Some black officers feel also that they must treat black people with disrespect and abuse to not be looked at as respectful towards black people! Prosecutors have released potentially explosive evidence against a black NYPD officer on trial for beating a black man with his baton. That alleged victim is an black Iraqi war veteran.
    Prosecutors are relying on the piece of video, because the alleged victim cannot be found.
    Nobody is disputing the beating itself, or whether it’s police brutality and whether the officer tried to cover it up. The video is high quality and crystal clear, but whether Housing Officer David London went too far is still blurry and still up to a jury.The video taken from security cameras shows the 45-year-old housing cop beating an Iraq war veteran with is baton.
    It happened at an Upper West Side public housing development.The alleged victim, 28-year-old Walter Harvin had just returned from Iraq and was at his mom’s apartment complex.
    In the video Harvin is seen shoving Officer London, and London then reacts by swinging and bashing Harvin with his baton. Even beating the ex-soldier after he’s cuffed.
    Prosecutors say London tried to cover-up the July 2007 assault, but defense attorneys say the officer did what he had to do.He’s charged with 2nd degree assault and filing false records.
    Right now the Manhattan criminal jury is tackling the question on whether London committed an act of police brutality or used necessary force to subdue a suspect.
    The Iraq veteran suffers from PTSD and his location is not known.
    If the officer is convicted, he faces 7 years in prison. Well as usual the cop was found NOT GUILTY and the court system said to the black Iraqi Veteran SO-SAD-TOO-BAD your civil rights are worthless …you are worthless…and it’s more important to keep a abusive cop employed! Someone that could have given their life for that cop and that judge or jury is told NO JUSTICE FOR YOU!

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