There was recently an incident out in Seattle, WA where a cop got to tusslin’ with two girls after he attempted to detain them after seeing them jaywalk through a busy thoroughfare. Things got pretty ugly when the girls decided to take on this cop. Bystanders were able to record the goings-on:
According to the various articles I’ve read about this brouhaha, the girl in the black sweater and blue top was 19 years-old and her cousin in the pink top was 17 years-old. It’s obvious that the cop is a white man and the two girls are black.
I saw this video the first time and shook my head. I watched it a second time and rolled my eyes. I watched a THIRD time and got pissed off. And not only with the grown ass man who thought he had to punch a teenage girl in the face to get her under control, but with these two rowdy girls who thought they were so gangsta that they could actually FIGHT THE DAMN POLICE. I’m not ready to throw blame fully on any one side in this situation. From the pettiness of the citation (jaywalking…really?) to the resistance of these young girls to the way the cop was physically handling them, it’s a complete clusterf*ck.
The girls were wrong for jaywalking. The cop was well within his rights and duties to give them a citation for that. I don’t know where it went from a simple citation to him having to put his hands on them, but once the cop said “put your hands behind your back” to put those cuffs on, that was NOT a cue for Miss Thang to start acting up, no matter how unfair she thought the situation was. That was a very unsafe thing for her to do, because people have been murdered by police for less. I suspect her rowdiness gave her younger cousin the cue to start to huffin’ and puffin’ too, because something told her that SHE would be the one to save her cousin from the Big Bad Police Officer. And YES, she did grab that cop by the arm, screaming and trying to pull him off her cousin (despite the crowd’s insistence that she didn’t). Then “POW!!!” Right in the kisser.
That’s where my pisstivity with the cop comes in. There was no real reason for him to punch that girl in the face like that. Yes, she needed her ass sat the hell down/detained/restrained, but I think the LAST thing a grown man needs to do to get the desired result from a woman is punch her square in her face. Indeed, she was acting a complete fool out there, but that punch was unnecessary. I am certain of 2 things: a.) if either of those girls had been white, they wouldn’t have been manhandled like that and b.) if there hadn’t been a crowd of onlookers there making video and taking pictures, one or both of those girls would have gotten shot and possibly killed out there.
These two girls are going to certainly catch some charges. I doubt if the officer suffers any real consequences, but he needs more training because there is no way a couple of teenagers should have been able to give him that much trouble, a couple of girls at that! What the hell???
I would never, EVER attempt to fight a police officer. I don’t know about anybody else, but I was taught that’s suicide. If I feel like I’m being unjustly detained, I’d just have to go through the system and pray for whatever was going down to be in front of a whole bunch of witnesses. Witnesses with camera phones. There is too much history of police officers not giving a damn about the lives of Black people in America. It’s been open season on us for a very long time when it comes to cops. No need to be stupid and poke the damn bear with a stick.