Has the world spun on its axis and fallen on its cheeks again? More ridiculous violence against young people and women has been showcased in this week’s news as a grown male police officer somehow finds it perfectly normal to punch a 17-year-old girl in the face–for jaywalking! Yes, you heard correctly: jaywalking.
According to Daily Mail:
This is the moment a white American police officer punches a teenage black girl in the face after a dispute about how she and her friend crossed the road.
Video footage of Officer Ian Walsh lashing out at the 17-year-old in Seattle has shocked the U.S.
The teenager reels backwards in shock from the blow before clutching her face while a bystander can be heard asking: ‘Are you serious?’
Police arrested the girl, Angel Rosenthal, and her friend, 19-year-old Marilyn Ellen Levias, both of whom have criminal records.
Seattle Police chiefs have launched an investigation into the alleged assault after viewing the video footage.
Civil rights activists are outraged and say the punch was an action of anger not self-defence.
The incident comes weeks after another two Seattle officers seen kicking a Hispanic robbery suspect who later turned out to be innocent.