Another Black Woman Attacked By An Officer
Without a doubt the young, seventeen year old black woman was wrong. Officer Ian P. Walsh was only trying to cite the woman and her girl friend for jaywalking and her friend was resisting. The young black woman interceded on her friend’s behalf. She inserted herself between the officer and her friend and tried to push the officer away. It was at that precise moment that Officer Walsh, one of Seattle, Washington’s finest, must have thought he was in one of those mixed martial arts death octagon matches and decided to draw back his right and punch the seventeen year old girl in her face like she was another grown man trying to take the officer out. (Click here to see the video)
The young black woman was foolish. Black people aren’t allowed to resist a police officer with just an arrest. Too many people believe that black people misbehaving and failing to follow law enforcer’s instructions to the letter is akin to black people giving carte blanch permission to use whatever force is necessary. This is just the latest example of how our police force likes to come down like the wrath of god on people in the black community. If we don’t show black people their place, they will run amok in our cities doing whatever it is that people do when they don’t have to fear getting punched in the face for crimes like jaywalking.
I have never seen a video of a police officer hitting a young white girl for something as trivial as resisting arrest. I have never heard of a police officer shooting a young white woman. I remember watching an episode of COPS where a young white girl had stolen a police car and was trying to use it to run police down. Not a single bullet was shot at her. She resisted arrest and was using deadly force to injure or kill police officers and they did everything they could to show the white girl compassion. The girl could be heard on the audio accompanying the video crying and very distraught. Somehow they got her to stop. She was arrested. But instead of being thrown down to the ground and getting a knee in the back of her neck, a police officer gave her a paternal hug just before he handcuffed her and put her in the back of a police car.
Black women are not so entitled. I have seen videos, please note the plural, of law enforcers and guards coming down on young black and Hispanic women like a starving pit bull on a chicken carcass. It’s no big deal. Too many people will watch the video and say that the black woman had it coming. Any claim of an excessive use of force will be dismissed as black people bitching about nothing and wanting special treatment. It would appear that this is another case of black people wanting the special treatment that is reserved for people in the white community.
The video was shot on a cell phone. Officials with the Seattle Police Department say they have some questions about the officer’s tactics and are investigating the incident. Seattle Police Officers Guild President Rich O’Neil says the officer’s use of force was appropriate. Officer Walsh has been reassigned pending further inquiries. But we know that the investigation will be something tantamount to business as usual and at best Officer Walsh will get a stern talking to behind closed doors or some lame racial sensitivity training.
What’s really disturbing is that some police departments are now trying to limit a citizen’s ability to record these outrageous police actions. Police departments are resorting to wiretapping laws to prevent people from filming these over the top arrests. In some states, all parties in a recording must consent before it is made if a conversation takes place where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy. An arrest is not a private matter. A police officer is doing his duty on behalf of the public. The arrest or processing of a suspect is not a private conversation. The problem isn’t the police assaulting citizens with excessive use of force, the problem is the people who are recording the police assaulting citizens with excessive force. We all know that if we can’t prove that the police are doing it, it isn’t happening.
All too often police will deny anything wrong was done when a suspect comes into the station looking as if they’ve been hit by a train. And police have been known to outright lie. He fell getting into the squad car. That explains why a suspect has a busted lip, two black eyes, a cracked rib, and lacerations all over their body. Police have a reputation for lying and police will look after each other as long as they play the game and support each other. A police officer’s word trumps the average citizen. One of the only tools the public has for any justice is the occasional video of police officers in the middle of doing wrong. But that’s supposed to be a private conversation.
I am glad I’m not a family member of the girl in this video. I can’t imagine what I would do if that was my daughter being so seriously assaulted. She was wrong. But there is some serious hatred manifesting itself in that cop’s response. If I were that girl’s family member, chances are I’d be thinking of how I could make this officer pay. I wouldn’t want to leave it to some internal investigation that will no doubt conclude in his favor. Maybe he can have a little accident the next time he gets in a car. Does he have a daughter? I would wonder how he would feel if somebody was to haul off and start kicking her ass with a serious smack down. I pray I’m never in that situation.