Last night, KING5 aired videotape of another physical altercation between an SPD officer and a suspect:
We’ll see if this rises to the level of the I’m-gonna-beat-the-fucking-Mexican-piss-out-of-you-homey tape—although it certainly doesn’t look great when a white officer punches a black teenage girl in the face across the street from a school—but I kinda don’t think it will.
I’d bet the officer-who appears to be working solo and is surrounded by a fairly sizable crowd—could make the case that he was concerned for his safety. I think that maybe if not for the timing of this incident, this wouldn’t have made the news.
It sucks that a jaywalking stop can escalate into a physical confrontation like this, but this certainly wouldn’t be the first time.
I heard this incident over the scanner yesterday afternoon, which went out to all precincts as a “help the officer” call. When I called SPD, they told me they didn’t know anything about it.
I’m sure we’ll be hearing a bit more about this incident soon.