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Video: Officer punches woman

A Seattle police officer is shown punching a young woman in the face in a video airing on several television stations. Police confirm that an officer punched a young woman Monday after a jaywalking stop escalated.

By Washington Post Editors  |  June 15, 2010; 4:34 PM ET
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Don't know the whole story, but I was taught to not fight police. Perhaps she was going for his weapon? IMHO, both females deserve jail time.

Posted by: Bebunk | June 15, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Bwahahahaha! Hilarious!

Obstruction of justice? Assault?

I'm sure they can come up with an assortment of charges judging from the video.

The headline actually caught my interest, as I'm not usually supportive of cops smacking people around-but this appears *totally* warranted.

Posted by: frdbrkl | June 15, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

hitting a woman in the face with your fist is wrong!!!! DID SHE HAVE A GUN? KNIFE? SOMETHING???? A jaywalking ticket? COME ON PEOPLE!!!

Posted by: kirtykurt | June 15, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse

This society clearly says hitting women is not okay for any man at any time. Men are supposed to show restraint. Why is it justified here? Clearly a man lost control and resorted to violence whether the women were jaywalking or not. He lost control and he is supposed to be a model for the law he should be serving. This is unexcuseable.

Posted by: EmpressSun | June 15, 2010 11:26 PM | Report abuse

I was born in 1951. We learned as kids, do not fight a cop, do not hit a cop, do not grab a cop's arms. We also learned from movies and just life, anyone who hits a woman is looking to go to hell fast .... I will help him go to hell... this was an actual line from a movie circa 1959... So I don't know where I stand on this... I grew up in so central LA Calif... there are girls and women who are black and very strong, and can fight... even a British female shot putter is very strong.... I say do respect the police.. Fight the jaywalking ticket in court. I was stopped at age 19 on my motorcycle because I fit the description of a motorcyclist who just robbed a bank.... I knew I did not rob any bank, so I cooperated with police... If they say stand there I stand there.... they let me go in 5 min.... Craig Wilson Los angeles

Posted by: seriouslyyyyy | June 15, 2010 11:52 PM | Report abuse


This cop resisted using his FULL training to subdue her because 1) she was black; 2) she was a woman; 3) he knew he was being videoed and knew the street punks would be crying "racism" or "cop abuse." He could have taken her down easy with an academy-train wrist grapple, but exercised restraint.

The officer was in a no-win situation, with a bunch of Seattle punks gawking, thinking they can get away with anything. Thank goodness neither woman nor one of the street punks grabbed his weapon.

This cop should be COMMENDED for keeping things under control.

Lesson to all of the street punks out there who stop here by with their uninformed remarks: I don't care if you're black, white, green, female, male or transgender ... you do NOT resist arrest -- PERIOD.

If you do, and if you get PUNCHED, TAZED or even SHOT, it's your own damn fault.


Posted by: Roddie | June 16, 2010 12:05 AM | Report abuse

If this officer did nothing wrong and acted with in his capacity as a public servant, then why not release his name? I think it's evident that he is probably a domestic abuser and has probably assualted other women and suspects. Always watch if they don't release the officers information, it usually means there is dirt to be found on the officer. Frankly, I think they should release his name and address so a dude his size can punch him full in the face. Judging by the looks of him he can't take what he dishes out, which is why he picks on women.

Posted by: moylefunkolstein | June 16, 2010 12:20 AM | Report abuse

Release the officers name! If he thinks he was right and that the public is on his side there will be no problem.

Posted by: moylefunkolstein | June 16, 2010 12:23 AM | Report abuse

@ Roddie - If the officer was concerned about all of the issues you noted he should have used proper procedure and called for back up. Once additional officers were on site he could have ticketed the women and avoid a physical confrontation. Unfortunately, he used poor procedure. At the least his conduct is embarassing for the Seattle Police Department and will undermine the relationship between the department of some members of the Seattle community. I for one would not want him on my police force.

If you are not concerned about the race of the persons involved why have you assumed that their race contributed in any way to how the officer handled the situation? Officers are expected to demonstrate better judgment. I have watched longer versions of the arrest and there was nothing to commend the officer for. If anything he should given a written reprimand and re-training. He failed to constraint and cuff the young woman several times.

The behavior of these young women cannot be excused. They are facing charges and the officer is under disciplinary review.

Posted by: mylife1 | June 16, 2010 12:35 AM | Report abuse

That was TOTALLY warranted! She's just lucky that's all he did, and he didn't wack her with his billy club!

Posted by: NeverEnuff | June 16, 2010 1:27 AM | Report abuse

@ btsla - Regardless of your race, you are wrong. Exactly what was savage about the crowd? I guess videotaping a policing incident is some form of savagatry. The young people videotaping and watching this incident did nothing wrong. It is shameful to characterize them as savages. Not one interfered with the officer. In fact one person restrained one of the young women to prevent the situation from escalating. Although, these two women's conduct was wrong and dangerous to equate it with being a savage monster is an inappropriate characterization. It's amazing that you thinking being black justifies or in any way adds merit to your posting.

Posted by: mylife1 | June 16, 2010 2:27 AM | Report abuse

I want it known that I am a black female who resides in Houston, Texas with a brother and several other relatives and friends who are police officers. I do not condone police brutality nor abuse of women; however, I believe the officer was WELL within his rights to ensure he gets home to his family. He was outnumbered with a difiant detainee and potentially riotous onlookers. Could he have used better judgement (OF COURSE); just as well as the young ladies COULD have used better judgement. Since when is it ok to hit police officers and it is totally irrelevant that not many cops give out tickets for jaywalking. Its still the law and the onlookers were flat out lying in defense of the woman who was struck because not only did she swing at the officer, she attempted to pry the his hands from restraining her cousin. I am totally aware that there ARE cops who abuse the system. Cops who ARE conducting themselves unlawfully but in this situation; I think the hit was warranted as the officer was "obviously" struggling to restrain the young lady being arrested and being alone he was understandably fearful for his life. People are losing their minds and subject to do any and everything these days; people of ALL races. I think the situation is flat out ridiculous on many levels and a sign of the times. There is NO RESPECT and a LACK of MORAL standing towards one another; when do we grow and stop all this nonesense, violence, and hatred towards our fellow man and woman!

Posted by: ShaRa1247 | June 16, 2010 2:54 AM | Report abuse

Sorry I didn't mean to post it that many times... my pc locked up and it appeared to not have posted. "The savage comment, to the describe the onlookers" was flat out UNNECESSARY and just shows the type of ignorance and assinine behavior that spreads the message that behavior like this is ok. That is all...

Posted by: ShaRa1247 | June 16, 2010 2:59 AM | Report abuse

Allright! The cop was definitely under attack and did what he had to do. I'm sure that the messiah wants to say he acted "stupidly" but hopefully he'll keep his mouth shut this time! Sorry kids, it's time to bring respect back into our society again so I'm ok with this.

Posted by: fbocch2595 | June 16, 2010 6:59 AM | Report abuse

As a female, I believe he had to do what was necessary to maintain some form of order. He was outnumbered and it could have gotten much worse in a very short period of time. I was taught at an early age to respect police, never touch an officer, and keep your mouth shut unless asked a question and then don't be mouthy when you answer. It's clear that these"females" were "acting out" and obviously out of control. I doubt the officer had a clue how old this female was, only that she was attacking him. For all he knew she was trying to grab his weapon. We've had officers killed here where I live by 14 year olds who have managed to get the officers gun. These women should have behaved themselves instead of acting the fool. There are moves this officer was trained to use that could have "seriously" hurt this woman, but he did his best to restrain himself and simply tried to control her in a volatile situation, but she just had to keep it going. She needs to get put in jail for assaulting an officer.

Posted by: iwanah | June 16, 2010 7:17 AM | Report abuse

So many issues here. COps always whining that they don't have enough budget to fight crime, then why waste manpower over jay walking?

Second, this cop when WAY over the line when he PUNCHES her in the face (shove her, restraint her, fine).

But third,the ignorance of people wanting to pull out their "race card". Funny how that only get's pulled when it's to their advantage.

Bottom line, a cop pulls me a over FOR ANYTHING and I say "yes, sir, no sir" because HE'S A COP. I lay my hands on him, I'm resisting arrest - I'm in the wrong. And so was she. But it's poster's like below pulling the Race Card that justify it in this woman's mind "I'm black, but what's more I'm a black Woman, so the rules don't apply to me. And when they are applied I'll scream "Racist" and get away with it".

GOD! this is no different than no one wanting to point out how unqualified Obama was during the elections for fear of being Racist... well, we're all paying for that now too.

Posted by: orlandovjc | June 16, 2010 8:44 AM | Report abuse

Some people just don't get it. What happens if the officer doesn't respond to the second girl. It encourages lawlessness. If the first girl walks away and the officer doesn't do anything doesn't that invite lawlessness. what would you people want him to do? seriously, He should have just put the first girl down with authority when she resisted and that would have ended it. Instead he tried not to hurt her and the other girl got into it.

Posted by: kev62nesl | June 16, 2010 8:49 AM | Report abuse

The use of force was justified. The two females broke the law and the officer was enforcing it. Regardless of what you feel initiated the action was justified, i.e. "he should of walked away" because it was only a Jaywalk incident??? So cops should just ignore any incident where the offender becomes beligerent? The girls created the violence, not the police officer, the girl swung first, plain as day and the officer was being attacked by multiple offenders. The officer should receive a public apology from the girls and they should serve time in jail for resisting with violence.

Posted by: mad1fl | June 16, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse

I don't know when it became acceptable for people to ASSAULT A POLICE OFFICER. This is lack of respect for the law. This officer had every right to punk the girl and she is lucky thats all that happened to her. Officers risk their lives every day to protect and serve the people of this country and should not have to deal with these nasty, punk ass girls that think they are above the law. I would have never attempt to fight an officer of the law. These girl are nothing but trash.

Posted by: beckerdouglas | June 16, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

one last thought (as I know the race card people will think me racist).

You tell a man he can't have a job BASED ON THE COLOR OF HIS SKIN - you're a racist (I agree).

So why is it that you tell a man he MUST get a BASED ON THE COLOR OF HIS SKIN (affirmative action)- then not call yourself a racist?

Both are based on the color of skin and both are equally wrong.

And this situation is no different - it's not the color of her skin that matters, it is the action she took. She 'assaulted' the cop.

Did he over reacted (and should also be punished) - YES.

But let's call this what it is.

Cops need to stop whining about their budgets when you've got guys like this pulling people for jay walking,

And people (black and white) need to get over the whole "america owes me" because 146 years ago black people were slaves. You managed to get an incompetent into the most powerful office in the world based on his skin color (don't even try to say he was qualified)and screw black, white, yellow,red people in the process. when are we going to judge people on their ACTIONS not the color of their skin.

Her actions, not her skin color, started the confrontation.

Posted by: orlandovjc | June 16, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

@ orlandovjc - We can talk about Obama's qualifications. We can also talk about McCain age, temperment, and health issues. This would lead to a discussion about Palin's lack experience and understanding on national and international issues. We can end with a discussion of her education.

Of course none of the above has to do with the conduct of the officer and young women in this situation.

Posted by: mylife1 | June 16, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

The officer stopped an escalating situation without deadly force.

If you are going to grab,hinder and interfere with an officer then expect to be dealt with in any manner that is required to stop that situation from escalating.

The women could have just complied with the officers command and that would have been the end of it.

Posted by: travisg2 | June 16, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

I implore any idiot who thinks race had nothing to do with this to find me a video or an incident where you see a cop punching a white woman. People talk about race cards and this and that, but seriously, race is an issue in many police departments across this country which is unfortunate because every individual should be given the same opportunity to follow or not follow the law. But since cops walk into situations with bias people of different races are treated differently. Don't get me wrong, as a Black man, I would fully expect to be assaulted if I were to assault an officer, and at the end of the day I would say that I got what I earned. But to punch a woman, any woman in the face, rather than to use one of many other techniques that these officers are taught is brutal and reprehensible. And then for so many people on here to imply that race is not involved and accuse people of pulling a "race card" is simple minded and ignorant.

Posted by: jwil71 | June 16, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

This is an outrage an the ones of you who thought differently are idoits. If that was a black cop would white people say he was just doing his job. Injustice any where is a threat to justice every where. Ask this white Overseer (Officer) in private if he would have acted the same if it were two white women he was dealing with. we all know the answer to that! I agree that it shouldn't be about black and white, it should be about wrong and right. But the white perception of black people didn't come from blacks it came from ignorant white people who thought, (and some still think) that blacks are inferior. thats what causes the fear, and thats why you have the violence you see in the video. You can not erase slavery or the impact it has on americans black and white. 300 years of negative treatment will take at least 300 years to fix. You can start by apologizing

Posted by: RawStreet | June 16, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

I don't like police officers. I don't like their culture. I avoid them. I recognize the need for police officers.

Now that all biases are disclosed.

I found the police officer's actions completely acceptable. End of comment.

Posted by: mewcomm | June 16, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

I think they clearly were resisting arrest. He had a crowd around him. Maybe jaywalking isn't so bad...then fight it in court...this wasn't the place. I say he was doing his job and the two women were out of line. Next time, if they are teachable, they will respect the law and the process. Doesn't look like they were taught it to this point.

Posted by: domesticd | June 16, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

mylife1 you are totally correct!!! my opinion, This cop should have followed proper procedure. What would he do if it was two big fat white/black men? I guarantee you that cop would not hit them back!And i guarantee you all of the white haters posting here in defense of that cop would change their opinions if it was Two white girls that JAYWALKED and was hit by a black police officer! It would be on FOX, MSNBC, LIMBAUGH, KKK TODAY, SKIN-HEADS YOUTUBE, HILLBILLIE NETWORK!!!!

Posted by: cinica | June 16, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Ok so just to be clear... if two white males ganged up on a black female cop... she would not have the right to fight back either? So because he is a man, he can't hit a woman... even though she is clearly fighting with him.... She could have gotten tazed I guess.. but people would have complained about that too...

Posted by: BradmanTV | June 16, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

The officer should be reassigned to an area with no cameras.

Posted by: bgreen2224 | June 16, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Now that he's learned to avoid cameras, this officer should run for Congress in one of the Carolinas.

Posted by: bgreen2224 | June 16, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Just one question:

What if it was a BLACK cop and a WHITE female?

Would you devils be so understanding about supporting the cop?

Posted by: blueeyedevils | June 16, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

I just love how there are so many internet police officers on this blog stating how the police officer was warranted. First off, 99% of you have no idea on what an officer's training is all about. Officers are trained to eliminate treats on certain levels. Depending on the level of the threat will determine the level of response from the officer. With that being said, the officer clearly oversteps the line. He had several obtions available to him but chose to hit her in the face. A grown man hitting a 17 year old child in the face does not deserve to be a police officer in my book. Do you mean to tell me that with his training, experience, and resources available to him that he cannot control or subdue a 17 yr old female without punching her in the face? Please! People wake up! Point blank, this officer losted his ability to control a situation professionally and decided that it was basically "WWF" time. The young lady was wrong and was unlawful and she actually did strike the officer. She should be charged with assaulting an officer and with any other viable charge that is warranted. However, the officer's response is the topic that's in question. He clearly needs to take another course at the academy or decide to get a desk job at the police station. By the way, this just happens to be the police department that was under investigation last year when one of their officers beat a 15 year old girl in her jail cell like she was a grown man. For what? For kicking her shoes off. The officer later stated that he felt as though his physical being had been threatened. Wow! I can really see how a flying shoe could cause someone to feel like their life is in danger.

Posted by: jonesman7 | June 16, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Seattle certainly sets a low bar to join a police force. If this punk hoodlum could be an officer, who could trust them. Then what about the gutless officers union defending this goon, call it as it is, don't lose public trust... morons.

Posted by: hemisphere | June 16, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

No man should should hit a woman like that, No self control, another useless excuse for a human being.
No wonder there is such a lack of respect for police
True ignorance

Posted by: CHEVYDAVE | June 16, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

When is it ok to challenge a police officer...I mean really this is Anarchy.
He should have pepper sprayed her or Tazed her, hit her with his baton, but he didn't!
And the Urban League is worried that the police should be trained to not use force! Are they kidding, next time one of them is being robbed the police should show up and not use force.
People are idiots anymore. These young women, with an overblown sense of importance about themselves were most likely raised without manners or taught that there is a law abiding way to conduct your lives. Something is increasingly missing in some young people's lives anymore, and it will be our doom as a society.
You never ignore police, you do as you are told. How hard is that? It just civilized behavior. I'm sick of this!

Posted by: Claren | June 16, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

It is interesting to read the comments of people who think the officer overreacted. What should he do with two girls attacking him? Anyone stupid enough to step into a police officers personal space should expect painful results. The second girl had no business stepping between the officer and her friend. I saw the mother/guardian on the news saying "she's a good girl". This was not her first arrest. Last I checked "good girls" did not get into it with police officers.

Posted by: simadan1 | June 16, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Know your rights. No police officer has the right to lay hands on you without due cause. This officer clearly used excessive force and should be stripped of his badge. No, it's not a racial issue. You can bet that if a white man had come to that poor woman's rescue instead of a black woman, that the officer in question would have used excessive force with him too. It's the United States, once a potentially great country, now reduced to a military state. Soon, looking at the wrong person, as it did in the past(see the case of Emmet Till), will get you skinned alive. Learn your history. The idea of race is a fabrication created by the wealthy few who control the earth's natural resources. Their aim is to keep all "races" divided and enslaved. Don't buy into it.

Posted by: KnowYourRights | June 16, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

I back the police officer!
These girls were assaulting this officer and resisting arrest!
AND for the idiot who kept asking
"Are you serious?" YES! STOOOPID!

Posted by: Karenkski | June 16, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

hahahahah I LOVE THIS PART! hahahahaha

Posted by: Karenkski | June 16, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

I'm a black woman and I think that cop was completely justified. He showed a great deal of restraint.

Posted by: Misty630 | June 16, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

I love love love the fact that the guy taking the video somehow thinks he is getting the officer in trouble when all he really did is provide incontrovertible video evidence that will result in the girl in pink being convicted of interfering with an arrest and assaulting a police officer. Even in the worst case the cop will get a suspension or something, the girl will get a felony conviction.

For the record, the cops have prerogative in their use of force so there is no "right or wrong" here, only what he is judged upon later. As people can see from the comments, there is broad support for use of force by police in apprehension of criminals. Once you resist arrest it doesn't matter what the original offense was, you're fair game for use of force. Once you assault a cop, in my opinion that's worse and you can be beat into submission with a nightstick or tasered for all I care.

I'm against tasering as a method of getting submission for someone resisting arrest, but if you lay hands on, push, or otherwise assault a cop, you are fair game.

Last word: if you watch the full video, this is the weakest cop I have ever seen. How he takes this long to get submission is beyond me. His "retraining" should be in the gym.

Posted by: gobbledyg | June 16, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse

What is the world coming to when a grown man or woman can hit a teenager. What makes it even worst is a police officer.

Posted by: okcatbaby | June 17, 2010 2:23 AM | Report abuse

What is the world coming to when a grown man or woman can hit a teenager. What makes it even worst is its a police officer. The person you call when you are being abused by your parents. The officer wasn't thinking fast enough or the right way. What happen to using pepper spray or calling for help or anything besides hitting someone. That was someone else's child that suppose to be living at home with parents. SEVENTEEN!!!!!!!

Posted by: okcatbaby | June 17, 2010 2:30 AM | Report abuse

@Misty: I'm also a black woman and you can't justify hitting a teenager. Not even parents.

Posted by: okcatbaby | June 17, 2010 2:45 AM | Report abuse

Let me clarify a couple of misconceptions:
1) The Officer DID NOT strike anyone for jaywalking. The Officer defended himself from two ASSAULTS. The Supreme Court, through a variety of court cases such as Connor vs. Graham and Tennessee vs. Garner has left rulings on which much of law enforcements Use of Force policies are derived. In C vs. G the Supreme Court ruled that the Officer must use "Objective Reasonableness" and consider the "Totality of Circumstances" when deciding on the application of force. That the decision is based on what a reasonable Officer would do, that the circumstances can change in the blink of an eye and that there is NO PERFECT ANSWER to the application of force. When faced with an ASSAULT, the Officer can use Defensive Tactics to include a baton and personal weapons. Mace, OC and taser can be used at a LOWER standard, a threshold which the subjects had long passed. The Officer showed remarkable restraint throughout, and releasing the subject and lowering your hands to reach for defensive tool while in a struggle not only doesn't make sense, but is downright foolhardy.

2) The Officer involved was talking to another jaywalker and called the group of four female jaywalkers over to speak with them. One of them (the 19 year old female that put the choke hold on the Officer from behind) was walking away from the Officer. This is called "Active Resistance" in the Use of Force Model. Had this whole thing been about Jaywalking, where are the other three individuals in all of this (the original jaywalker was given a verbal warning). Eventually, the subject did approach the Officer was verbally abusive and refused to follow any direction.
The reason the Officer was there in the first place was at the behest of the nearby Franklin High School, which had requested greater safety enforcement due to the large amount of illegal and unsafe street crossing on two very busy roadways. There is a pedestrian overpass 15 feet from the location of the altercation. This can be clearly seen on Google Maps. Are the neighbors from this community not entitled to safety because it is inconvenient for some scufflaws? The community lobbied for those pedestrian overpasses and they were put in at great expense to keep pedestrians safe, and these jawalkers make a mockery of the communities efforts on a daily basis.

For all of those sexist individuals that believe law enforcement should be gender based, the teenager that ASSAULTED the Officer has been charged with assaulting a Police Officer before. How many Felonies is a person entiltled to based on age and gender?

All of the information regarding the sequence of events and the prior criminal information was obtained in the open media.

Shouldn't we become informed before rushing to judgement? The media has it's own agenda, and the truth doesn't seem to play a part in it.

Posted by: tothemaks | June 17, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

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