Cop Punches Woman: Seattle Officer Ian Walsh Punches Girl (Video)
A Cop Punches a Woman in the Face Over Jaywalking in Seattle: Investigation Ordered
A police officer named by the Seattle Times as Officer Ian P. Walsh was caught on video punching Angel L. Rosenthal, a 17-year-old woman, in the face near Franklin High School in Seattle on Monday June 14.
He has now been taken off patrol duty and placed in a training unit to review police tactics.
According to the Seattle Police Website, Officer Walsh saw a male pedestrian jaywalk across Martin Luther King Jr. Way South and he stopped him. Then while he was talking to this male, he saw four females jaywalk at the same location as the first pedestrian. When the officer asked the females to come over to his car, they were 'verbally antagonistic' towards the police officer and one female started to walk away.
When the officer asked her to come back she did not, so he went to get her to bring her back to the car. He could not get her to put her hands on the car as she kept breaking free of his grip. He then tried to handcuff her, and that is when her friend intervened and put her hands on the officer's arm. According to the officer he thought that meant she was going to help her friend escape, so he pushed her back and when she came at him that is when he punched her. Both women were arrested, and the police report says no one was injured as a result of the incident.
The Times identifies the two women as Angel L. Rosenthal and Marilyn Ellen Levias.
On Monday night a press conference was held where Acting Deputy Chief Nick Metz said the officer acted appropriately; on Tuesday morning he expressed concern over how Walsh had acted.
A review of the situation has been ordered.
"You obviously have to take into context everything that occurred from the point that the officer did make contact with the individuals until the situation ended," said Deputy Chief Nick Metz to King 5 News.
Metz noted there were some "concerns about the tactics the officer used."
"He did nothing wrong," police union president Rich O'Neill said, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. "If anything, I think he maybe waited a little too long to engage in force because I think he was trying to defuse the situation."
But "it was obvious from the audio anyway of the two individuals that they were not going to be calmed down."
Watch the Incident Caught on Video (Warning Some Graphic Language Used)