Judge This: Cop Responds To Push With Punch

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It all started when a cop stopped a man for jaywalking. Things escalated quickly from there as voices were raised and a crowd gathered. When two young women intervened an onlooker pulled out his camera phone and started to roll tape.

The altercation took place yesterday on Martin Luther King Junior Way South. The tape begins as the officer appears to be trying to arrest one of the girls for jaywalking.

Both girls, ages 19 and 17, were eventually cuffed and booked on suspicion of obstructing an officer. The one who was punched was checked out by medics and deemed to be OK.

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Thanks to Jefferson for the heads up.

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    I don’t have a problem with the punch. Striking an officer is still a crime. And, he did what he could to subdue the crazy woman and get control of the confrontation. Pepper spray probably would have been preferable. Now, if he had her handcuffed on the ground and was beating on her, that would be a considerably different story.

    I’m surprised that he didn’t pull out the taser. Cops have gotten way too eager in using those things.

    Anyway, the thing that bothers me most is why was this cop alone? If a situation requires such force, it should also require more than one officer to handle. Things here could have gone very wrong in so many ways, and I’m actually surprised that the crowd was as peaceful as it was. That cop was extremely lucky.

    Nonetheless, there’s nothing on this video that screams any sort of brutality, and I don’t see how that officer abused his authority in any way.

    • Daniel Fincke

      I essentially agree.

  • Sean Baxter

    I don’t find this objectionable. If it was a week guy getting punched in the face after pushing a cop this story would not make the news.

  • mikespeir

    Good for him, I say. Assaulting an officer carrying out his duties is serious stuff, and should be. If it had been a man doing it, would we even be discussing it?

  • Jimmy_D

    Wasn’t aware that jaywalking was an arrestable offense. So naw, no abuse of power here.