Man! I was hoping this would slide by and not be an issue here because NO ONE has all the facts in the media.
This has been ALL OVER the local news, radio, TV, newspapers for a couple of days now.
Here are the facts you probably DON'T know:
The two girls are 17 and 18 respectively.
have prior convictions ( multiple on the case of the first girl including felony theft ) and BOTH
of them had sentences that involved putting hands on a police officer DISMISSED
by a local magistrate within the last year. Thank you Seattle
The school district specifically petitioned the City of Seattle to do "Something" about all the jay-walking students. Traffic accidents have happened, traffic has been snarled and generally the stupid kids just walk right out into traffic without thinking. A student was hit last year and damn near died by, you guess it, JAYWALKING!
The officer in question was SPECIFICALLY THERE to address jaywalking. He wasn't responding to other calls. He wasn't avoiding running radar, handling domestics or anything of the sort. His duty location was that intersection and his job for the 4 days the WEEK PREVIOUS was to stop people from jaywalking.
The officer in question attempted to inform the girl she was breaking the law and give her a warning. ( Granted, this is from the Seattle PD ).
She then became verbally combative. The officer then said he was going to give her a citiation. It's a small fine, I think $45. At this point the "friend" ( girl who got a touch to the grill ) became threatening and verbally combative.
The officer then called her over and demanded her information. She was not only verbally combative, then she became physically combative and put her hands on the officer. The other girl ( stupid ) was egging her on and threatening the officer.
The officer then attempted to put her under arrest. Now the "friend" who was previously only a verbal hassle decided it was time to put hands on the office as well.
Then she got an attitude adjustment.
According to the local police academy PR person, there are three levels of physical interaction that are taught to police officers here in Washington State.
1. - Hair Control. Pretty obvious, you grab the person by the hair and jerk them around to comply.
2. - Air Control. Basically the use of Mace or the Tazer.
3. - Use of a Punch. This is where he MIGHT be in trouble because they are supposed to punch "soft targets like the chest or stomach FIRST".
Obviously this officer had to react and when he turned, her hair was nowhere to be had and taking time to draw his Mace/Tazer would have taken longer, and subjected him to additional threat.
What is DEFINITELY NOT
being talked about anywhere is there was a cop a few months ago who responsed to a seemingly "harmless" call. Naked man, in the street, flipping off cars and cursing.
Same neighborhood area that this instance happened.
The responding officer ended up in a wrestling match with the naked man who stripped the officer of his weapon, shot and killed the officer, point blank, in the street.
were screaming "F*ck the Police" when the fight was happening.
That's the "area" this "crime" took place in.
Now we have every "African-American Leader" within 50 miles of the City mouthing off and talking about how they want the officer fired AND brought up on assault charges.
Currently the officer is on administrative leave, there is NO police presence at the school intersection and the girls are being portrayed as "victims" of an over-zealous, wait for it, WHITE