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Old June 16th, 2010, 06:12 AM   #1
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Police Officer Punches a Woman during Routine Jaywalking Stop

Seattle cop punches woman in face over routine jaywalking stop (VIDEO)



By Michael Sheridan

DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

Wednesday, June 16th 2010, 8:57 AM



Woman who was punched in face by cop after getting into arguement over a jaywalking stop was captured on video.

A woman took a fist to the face by a cop, all over a jaywalking stop.

Investigators in Seattle are reviewing the incident, which was captured on video.

Things began when an unnamed police officer spotted a teen jaywalking across Martin Lurther King Jr. Way South around 3:10 p.m., according to a report on the Seattle Police Department Web site.

When he approached the 18-year-old male, the officer witnessed four women do the same thing at the same spot on the road, about 15 feet from a pedestrian crosswalk.

"The officer instructed the females to step over to his vehicle," officials said. "They were verbally antagonistic."

When one of the women, a 19-year-old, began to walk away, the officer approached her and escorted her back.

"The female subject began to tense up her arm and pull away from the officer while yelling at him," police said.

The two argued, and the officer attempted to cuff her. That is when, according to officials, another of the women interceded.

"The second female subject 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.

A crowd had gathered around the officer at the time, and another witness captured much of the altercation on video.

As the officer and the 17-year-old struggled with one another, the woman can be seen pushing the officer, who then responds by punching her in the face.

The crowd reacted with shock, and a voice is heard saying, "Are you serious?!"

Someone pulled the 17-year-old away, and the police officer proceeds to try and handcuff the 19-year-old.

"Do not struggle," the cop orders the woman during the video.

Back-up eventually arrived, police said, at which time the woman who was punched was handcuffed. She was later examined by medical personnel.

"You obviously have to take into context everything that occurred from the point that the officer did make contact with the individuals until the situation ended," said Deputy Chief Nick Metz to King 5 News.

Metz noted there was some "concerns about the tactics the officer used."

"There will be a thorough investigation into this incident," said Seattle Sgt. Sean Whitcomb, according to Komo News.



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Now, seriously, was that really necessary?



If you want to see the actual video of what happened, here is the link:



Seattle cop punches woman in face during routine jaywalking stop (VIDEO)





What are your thoughts? Was this police brutality? Should she sue? Would you sue? What would your reaction be if this happened to you?

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Old June 16th, 2010, 06:21 AM   #2
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Was it necessary?



Probably not.



But, on the other hand, was it necessary for them to resist an officer in the performance of his duty? Hmmm?



Even when an officer is being a prick because he can -- and, trust me, I have run across a few of those -- I just say "yes sir" and "no sir". If he is really out of line, you will have your day in court to say so.
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I think he should be fired for being an idiot.



They were j-walking. Not running from a bank robbery. He was outnumbered and allowed the situation to escalate to the point that the department is going to be sued.



Discretion would have been the better part of valor, and the wisest choice.

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Some bitch gets punched for mouthing off to a police officer, what's wrong with that?
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Old June 16th, 2010, 06:26 AM   #5
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The bigger question is: Why do people jaywalk? Just for fun?



Where I take the commuter train, people cross the railroad tracks without using the sidewalks. Yesterday, 2 idiots crossed the tracks, in full view of security personnel who were watching via TV monitors. Security immediately got on the loudspeaker and warned the two men not to cross the tracks where they are not supposed to.



Because of budget cutbacks, the transit station no longer post security guards. Otherwise, they may have given these two men citations.



So did the women and other jaywalkers care if they got hit by a car while jaywalking? Did they care if they got cited for jaywalking. What are orange-colored "hand" light and white-colored "walker" for? I never cross against the orange-colored "hand" light. But it irritates me to no end to see people who do. I'd cite them if I could, not that if they could ever learn their lessons.



I don't agree with the policeman's handling of the incident, but what choice did he have? Let them go, and other people just laugh it off? The policemen have their jobs to do. Otherwise they would be useless.



Just saying.
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The bigger question is: Why do people jaywalk? Just for fun?



Where I take the commuter train, people cross the railroad tracks without using the sidewalks. Yesterday, 2 idiots crossed the tracks, in full view of security personnel who were watching via TV monitors. Security immediately got on the loudspeaker and warned the two men not to cross the tracks where they are not supposed to.



Because of budget cutbacks, the transit station no longer post security guards. Otherwise, they may have given these two men citations.



So did the women and other jaywalkers care if they got hit by a car while jaywalking? Did they care if they got cited for jaywalking. What are orange-colored "hand" light and white-colored "walker" for? I never cross against the orange-colored "hand" light. But it irritates to see people who do.



I don't agree with the policeman's handling of the incident, but what choice did he have? Let them go, and other people just laugh it off? The policeman have their job to do. Otherwise they would be useless.



Just saying.


I agree, he was doing his job. But I wouldn't go so far as to agree with his excessive use of force.
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I agree, he was doing his job. But I wouldn't go so far as to agree with his excessive use of force.


Maybe not, but he was in an uncomfortable position, and so he had to call for backup. If these ladies cooperated fully, then he would not have asked for backup.



Why are policemen always assumed to be the bad guys? Does the world want to be run by an inmate asylum?



The lady does not jaywalk, she would not have been confronted by a policeman. Simple as that.
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I think he should be fired for being an idiot.



They were j-walking. Not running from a bank robbery. He was outnumbered and allowed the situation to escalate to the point that the department is going to be sued.



Discretion would have been the better part of valor, and the wisest choice.





I completely agree. He allowed this situation to escalate way out of control and to put the cherry on top of the Clusterfuck Sundae, he went and punched a woman in the face, for what amounts to an infraction, not even a misdemeanor. Now, if she was running down the street and jaywalked after having robbed the National Bank of Gotham, and holding Commissioner Gordon hostage while the Joker laughs derisively in the background, then a punch to the face may be allowable. But this, was just plain police brutality.



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I completely agree. He allowed this situation to escalate way out of control and to put the cherry on top of the Clusterfuck Sundae, he went and punched a woman in the face, for what amounts to an infraction, not even a misdemeanor. Now, if she was running down the street and jaywalked after having robbed the National Bank of Gotham, and holding Commissioner Gordon hostage while the Joker laughs derisively in the background, then a punch to the face may be allowable. But this, was just plain police brutality.



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My goodness, Paper, you should audition to play "Batman". LOL
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I completely agree. He allowed this situation to escalate way out of control and to put the cherry on top of the Clusterfuck Sundae, he went and punched a woman in the face, for what amounts to an infraction, not even a misdemeanor. Now, if she was running down the street and jaywalked after having robbed the National Bank of Gotham, and holding Commissioner Gordon hostage while the Joker laughs derisively in the background, then a punch to the face may be allowable. But this, was just plain police brutality.



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I wonder if he would have resorted to a punch in the face had that woman been a 6'3", 250 pound man?
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