Civil Rights Group Criticise The Seattle Cop’s Punching Of A WomanJune 17th, 2010 - 7:51 pm ICT by GD
By Meena Kar
Seattle, June 17, (THAINDIAN NEWS) The cell phone video of the Seattle police officer Ian P. Walsh punching a 17-year-old girl that has gone viral on the web and also on television news channels have infuriated the Seattle Civil Rights group.
The Seattle Urban League CEO James Kelly has condemned the cat of the officer and has called the punching an “over reaction”. James Kelly had also said that the video reminds him of a similar video taken on April 17 that showed two Seattle officers brutally kicking a suspected Hispanic.
On behalf of the group, James Kelly said that they would like to say “Shame on you” to the Seattle police department. According to the CEO, the police officer’s use of a “full-blown punch to the face” was wrong.
However, the Monday action of Ian P. Walsh has been supported by the Seattle Police union. The president of the Seattle Police officers’ guild Richard O’Neill has reportedly said that the use of force was just as the sergeants felt threatened of their security in midst of the ever-growing crowd.
He also added that the video makes it evident that the officer was shoved by the girl and that the officer was struggling with the two accused girls. According to Richard O’Neill, the force was needed to avoid a tragedy.
On Tuesday, the Acting deputy police Chief Nick Metz said to media sources that though the action of Ian P. Walsh is being investigated, the two girls who engaged in the tussle with the cop are also accountable for not cooperating with the police officer who was trying to cite people for jaywalking.
The Seattle Police chief John Diaz has ordered a review of the police training and tactics.
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