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Seattle Cop Punches Woman In The Face For Jaywalking. Was It Her Fault?

Submitted by on June 16, 2010 – 5:05 pm52 Comments

The mere mention of a cop punching a woman in the face is all many of us need to get irate. How dare a cop punch a woman in the face? This sounds like another perfect example of excessive police force brought down on an unassuming member of the community. For those who don’t know the story of how this woman’s face was, unfortunately, introduced to a cop’s fist, here’s how the drama went down.

Two women—19-year-old Marilyn Levias and her 17-year-old friend—were crossing a street in Seattle when they were approached by Officer Ian P. Walsh who accused the duo of jaywalking. It’s reported Officer Walsh said to the women, “You have jaywalked and you are required to identify yourself so that I can issue a citation. If you refuse you will be arrested for obstruction.” According to Walsh, Levias walked away, and the scuffle was on. Onlookers immediately began filming while others repeatedly lamented, “Are you serious? Are you serious?” Well, yes, the cop was serious, which is why he was trying to arrest Levias. Check out the video:

Now, this where I have questions. Does Levias appear to be resisting arrest? Was it appropriate for the underage friend to jump in and attempt to physically stop the cop from arresting her friend? I understand the desire to assist a friend in need, but was this the correct reaction? Levias was previously arrested for assaulting an officer. Are we too quick to judge in her favor because of gender? I need only say Rodney King and Amadou Diallo to recognize we as a society have witnessed police brutality. So I have to ask: Does this latest incident count? Or are both sides just wrong?

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