A cop punches a woman in the face over jaywalking on a busy Seattle street. An indepth investigation is underway regarding an incident which occurred on Martin Luther King Jr. Way South at 3:10 p.m. on June 15, 2010. A yet to be identified police officer approached an 18 year old male in the company of four women crossing the busy road 15 feet from a nearby crosswalk. Officials report "the officer instructed the females to step over to his vehicle. They were verbally antagonistic." Then a 19 year old woman began to walk away and the officer led her back to his patrol car. An officer stated "The female subject began to tense up her arm and pull away from the officer while yelling at him." A verbal argument ensued. The officer tried to restrain the woman with handcuffs, the three other women intervened. Then "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."
A group of witnesses in a small crowd gathered around the scene, with one capturing the incident on video. The video reveals that after a brief struggle, the suspect "pushed the officer who responded by punching her in the face." The ensuing shock of spectators was also revealed. One person questioned "Are you serious!?!"
A person in the crowd managed to "pull" the woman who was hit in the face away and the officer then ordered the 19 year old: "do not struggle." Other officers arrived on the scene. Deputy Chief Nick Metz stated in a King 5 News interview; "You obviously have to take into context everything that occurred from the point that the officer did not make contact with the individuals until the situation ended" and reported the "concerns about the tactics the officer used."
An investigation is already underway.
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