Officer Ian Walsh Caught on Tape Abusing Teen Girl
Seattle Police Officer Ian P. Walsh was caught on tape abusing a 17 year old girl during a jaywalking stop proving that he thinks its ok for grown men to physically abuse young girls by punching them in the face. This happened in 2010 when he harassed the victim and three of her friends over a draconian ordinance that allegedly outlawed the manner in which they walked across a street. The victim was understandably confused and angry over this before naturally becoming physically resistant to his attempts to touch her in places and in ways that she was not comfortable with. Then the officer became violent and lashed out striking the minor child in the face with his fist.
Officer Ian P. Walsh is a poor excuse for a man who should have learned as a boy that it is never ok for a man to hit a lady. It doesn't matter what she does men are not supposed to hit women for any reason. I'm sure Officer Ian P. Walsh has told that to many drunk trailer park rednecks and as a police officer he should hold himself to a standard higher than that of those he arrests. Society should hold him to a higher standard and teach him that grown men professionally trained as law enforcement officers to restrain large men non-violently have no excuse for punching a much smaller and younger teenage girl.
Sgt. Rich O'Neill defended the woman battering by his fellow officer by false stating that "it is never okay to get into a confrontation with an officer out on the street, use force against that officer and then somehow think that you are justified". It is always justified to use force against an officer who subjects you to cruel and unusual punishment on the street, even if he is enforcing the law as long as the law is unjust. If such force were not justified then Gaddafi would still be in Tripoli, but as this incident proves it not always smart to fight because you won't always end up owning the enemy's hat.
Sometime it is better to shut up, stand still, cooperate, and hope to get off with a verbal warning or just a small fine for a minor violation. Still the victim had every right to fight against a clear and present danger to her civil liberties. The question should not be if Officer Ian P. Walsh was justified, but if the friends of the victim and other bystanders are cowards for not placing Officer Walsh under citizens arrest until a competent replacement could be located. They may have done the smart thing, but they certainly were not brave.
As a white man I can never truly understand what it is like to stand in the shoes of a black person being harassed by a white cop. I do understand the long history white cops have of finding excuses to use excessive force on groups of black people who are just peacefully walking down streets, so I can try to imagine the fear one my experience because most incidents of police brutality in America against minorities are racially motivated and a lot of those incidents result in the murder of innocent civilians at the hands of cops.
In closing society should not let bad cops like Officer Ian P. Walsh get away with abusing minor children, hitting young girls, harassing minorities on the street, and using excessive force against black people. I would urge anyone who finds themselves in the back of his car to deliberately piss themselves and vomit to make his job harder, but I don't want to incite anyone to make fools of themselves like that. I still think it would be totally awesome if anyone did that, but that is just my opinion.