Tuesday, June 22, 2010

SEATTLE COP PUNCHES GIRL IN THE FACE



Last week a firestorm of debate broke out when I asked The Nation who was to blame for the beat down of a 17-year-old jaywalking female handed out by a Seattle police officer. It seemed there was a divide and tensions ran high as many of you passionately stated your case. Well now The Black Law Enforcement Association of Washington (BLEAW) has thrown in their two cents publicly defended the actions of Seattle police officer Ian Walsh who duffed a 17-year-old black female in the grill after an altercation during an attempt to confront her friend for a jaywalking infraction. The incident which like every other thing in life today was caught on cellphone video. The teen was charged with juvenile third-degree assault, which is punishable by a maximum 30 days in detention.
In a statement released Friday, BLEAW supported Officer Walsh’s actions and said they did not believe the force used was racially motivated.

“This incident was unfortunate and clearly the behavior and actions by both females was embarrassing. As regrettable as it looks, the officer had used great restraint in dealing with the female that had pushed him. He maintained a professional demeanor while in an adverse and potentially volatile situation.”

In accordance with trained tactics used by Seattle PD and many police departments, BLEAW supports Walsh’s need to “defend himself with a punch.” after being threatened by the teen.

“Based upon standard police defensive tactics training, and in accordance with the use of force continuum, as well as local and federal laws; we assert that the officer acted in a justifiable manner to defend himself and to affect the arrest of the female offender,” the statement concluded.

On Friday, The Urban League of Seattle organized a meeting between the teen and the officer at a community center to settle tensions. The teen was said to have privately apologized for her actions of which Walsh accepted.

I think a vast majority of the Nation would agree with BLEAW and their support of Walsh’s actions however “regrettable” they might be. I don’t quite know how I feel about the fact that she apologized. Apologies admit guilt and I can’t remember the last time a police officer “apologized” for any action right or wrong so why should a citizen. Its not going to change her charge. If anything it will seal her fate.

I still contend however the disparity of African American’s exposed to such altercations with authority needs to be addressed from BOTH angles. As many of the Nation pointed out, there is a protocol of appropriate behavior when being confronted by police that clearly isn’t being respected by many African American’s particularly young black males. However, the level of respect for the public for which the need for policing exists needs to be addressed as well. It is the job, responsibility and duty for police officers to protect and serve the community. Unfortunately in many neighborhoods their presence is feared more than anything else.

6 comments:

DAVID said...

WOW THAT WAS EXTREMELY FUCKED UP! IF I WAS THERE I WOULD OF PUNCH THAT COP DEAD IN THE MOUTH, I DONT GIVE A FUCK! WHAT EVER HAPPEN TO THE DAYS WHEN BLACK PPL WOULD RIOT OVER SHIT LIKE THAT NOW IT LOOKS LIKE ITS JUST A BUNCH OF PUSSIES HOLDING A CAMERA LIKE THAT SHIT MATTERS. YOU NEED TO TAKE THE LAW IN YOUR OWN HANDS IF THEY DONT GIVE YOU JUSTICE!

Anonymous said...

yeah i agree with david!!!

Anonymous said...

WOW WTF MAN

Anonymous said...

funny funny funny

Anonymous said...

would it be funny if that was your sister dick head?

Anonymous said...

FUCK THE POLICE!!!!

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