My Dearest Comrads:
It is beyond belief that I stumbled upon this video footage of your so-called “authorities” punching a young girl in the face! This is simply crossing the line! This kind of force should NEVER be used especially on a young girl. The police force should be asshamed of themselves for letting someone as inexperienced as this officer go wandering about the streets looking for trouble. It’s just pitiful and quite pathetic!
An uproar over a cell phone video that shows a Seattle police officer punching a 17-year-old girl after his attempt to cite her for jaywalking is just one of several recent incidents where low-quality video footage shot by members of the public has incriminated public officials.
The video, which you can watch here (warning: disturbing content), shows a young woman resisting Officer Ian P. Walsh, who was citing the woman and a friend Monday for jaywalking. Her friend attempts to intervene, inserting herself between the officer and her friend and grabbing the officer’s arm. That’s the moment when the officer punches her in the face.
Seattle community leaders are in an uproar, saying the use of force was excessive. Officials with the Seattle Police Department say they have “questions” about the officer’s tactics and are investigating the incident. But Seattle Police Officers Guild President Rich O’Neil says the officer’s use of force was appropriate. The Seattle department announced Wednesday that Walsh has been reassigned pending further inquiries.