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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.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - Posted by | African Americans, Black Community, Black Culture, Black People, Life, Racism, Thoughts

18 Comments »

  1. This is America, and this incident is only more proof that minorities in this country take for granted their rights as human beings and citizens. Why? Because, had this young girl been informed, she would have known better than to do anything more than pulling her homegirl away from po po. Rather than following up the pulling of her girlfriend away from the cop with a two handed push, she should have turned her back on the cop and walked away, because the cops are capable of killing on a whim and the system routinely allows them to get away with it. Shitty reality, but a true one.

    Comment by TheBlaqueProfessor | Thursday, June 17, 2010 | Reply

    • Thanks for the feedback TheBlaqueProfessor,

      But the only reason that these people get away with it is because we accept this as our shitty reality. Black people just need to deal with our shitty reality of disparity and secondhand citizenship. The fight to change this reality is just a losing battle. That’s another shitty reality that we shouldn’t be settling for, but somehow we always do.

      Peace

      Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Thursday, June 17, 2010 | Reply

  2. Whenever some shit like this goes down, white people are damn quick to respond, saying she deserved it, she provoked the police officer, blah blah blah…. Then they try to claim that it had NOTHING to do with race, that the police harass white people all the time too! So, in this day and age, with the techology the way it is, how is it that of the HUNDREDS of videos that are captured of people being brutalised by police, I have only seen ONE where the victim was white??
    Since I am a white woman, I really cannot sit here and say how people should react around police, because me deciding to confront a police officer would have HUGELY different results if not for the color of my skin. It is easy for me to say that people need to fight back when cops harass them, because I will likely never be put into a situaation where my safety is being threatened by a police officer, but my good friend (a Black man) said that he believes if people started fighting back, if the police were afraid for their lives when they went out on patrol, they would get shook up enough that they would be FORCED to changed their brutal methods.

    Comment by JuJuBe | Friday, June 18, 2010 | Reply

    • Thanks for the feedback JuJuBe,

      She was wrong but she did nothing to deserve a straight right to the face. I’m sorry but that argument to justify this brutality washes like oil on a gulf shore.

      And it’s bull to say that it has nothing to do with race. Like you said, there are videos after videos showing police attacking and brutalizing minority women. I have yet to see a white woman treated with such disdain for such a minor infraction.

      Peace

      Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Friday, June 18, 2010 | Reply

  3. Yet another example of how black people usually get the book thrown at them, when white people often get the benefit of the doubt.

    You’re right, the girl (any girl) should never have pushed the officer. I have been taught that you treat a cop with politeness, and never would I try to put my hands on an officer in any way. But at the same time, who gets cited for jaywalking? Not white people.

    White girls would never have even been approached for something as trivial as jaywalking, or if they were, the cop would almost certainly have simply given a verbal warning. White people don’t get ‘questioned’ for jaywalking.

    It looks to me like the cop was taking advantage of an excuse to harass some black people, and got really steamed when they didn’t lie down and take it.

    Comment by Jeff | Friday, June 18, 2010 | Reply

    • Thanks for the feedback Jeff,

      I think you hit it right on the money. Dude wanted an opportunity to harass black people and when they didn’t just take it like he wanted them to he got all bent out of shape. This guy probably had some shit going on in his personal life that he blames black people for. Kind of like Matt Dillon’s character in the 2004 movie Crash who wanted any black person to pay for his father being denied health benefits by a black woman that he couldn’t control.

      Peace

      Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Friday, June 18, 2010 | Reply

  4. We already know that cops in general have a much lower level for violence against black citizens than white citizens. That’s a fact. They don’t even need much of an excuse to commit such violence. So why in the world give it to them?

    Putting your hands on a police officer and pushing him is insanely stupid. Would a white woman be more likely to get away with it? Probably so. In some cases black men have gotten away with it in the moment (Kwame Kilpatrick) But at that moment anyone doing that has given initiative and legal justification to the cop to respond with force.

    If the girls refused to come over for the citation and/or warning/lecture and then refused arrest everything that happened was predictable.

    The way to deal with police is to keep your mouth shut and live to fight it out in court. There’s no guarantee of that happening since so many cops do like to assault, provoke, intimidate and belittle but the odds are much better than resisting arrest or assaulting a cop.

    And with some cops race doesn’t protect white women.
    Remember this video?

    or this case

    I don’t like cops in general. But people generally don’t win confrontations with them.

    Comment by Shady Grady | Saturday, June 19, 2010 | Reply

    • Thanks for the feedback Shady Grady,

      You are most correct that cops will abuse white women. And I can recall a video where a cop used a taser on a drunk white woman. But I guess the difference is how quickly a police officer will run out of patience with a black person almost instantly while they will tolerate noncompliance behavior from white people with almost Ghandi like patience.

      Peace

      Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Thursday, June 24, 2010 | Reply

  5. This is another instance of the permanent and inseparable attribute of the white man’s character expressing itself against Blacks and other People of color. This is who he is and he is NEVER EVER going to change! But…there is a mindset and an attitude that is WORST THAN THAT….we take it, we do not resist. I think that we have been caused to think that “resistance is futile”. That the lord will see us through and reward us when we die.
    Well I tell you that we can change how white america behaves if only we had the courage,will and appropriate CHARACTER to see it through by organizing an intelligent national permanent campaign of resitance. I do not mean violence with violence nor a one day useless street march that amounts to just blowing of steam.
    We can stem the tide of white folks GROWING hatred,anger and intolorence for anyone but himself.
    My problem is that I do not believe that my people have the
    will to do anything but suckitup and blowitout.
    I really need help with this.

    Comment by Akinwole | Sunday, June 20, 2010 | Reply

  6. Hmm, he really doesn’t have that good of a punch; she didn’t go down. I’d like to see him in the ring against a boxer who knows what he is doing.

    I know that the police have a hard job and that he was very irritated at this time. But those who can’t control their temper really aren’t suited for this line of work.

    Comment by blueollie | Thursday, June 24, 2010 | Reply

  7. A more accurate description of events depicted in that clip would be “Another Officer Attacked by a Black Person”

    That’s what happened. The officer defended himself against an attack. Went too far, perhaps, but the “attack” was committed by the black woman, not the cop.

    By the way, your final words sound like an urging of violence on this man’s family.

    Comment by John | Thursday, June 24, 2010 | Reply

    • Thanks for the feedback John,

      “By the way, your final words sound like an urging of violence on this man’s family.”

      That’s funny, I thought your comment sounded like a tolerance of violence against black women. If I was that woman’s family member I cannot say that I would not be thinking of committing violence against this man. He attacked my family member, why wouldn’t I attack him or his? It might sound horrible. But what this cop did was wrong and I would want him to feel the way I would feel. If you want to interpret that as me urging violence against this man then that is your interpretation.

      This woman did not attack this cop. She pushed him yes. She should not have done it yes. But to call what she did an attack isn’t even close to being accurate and is in fact a serious distortion of events.

      But even if it was, by your own reasoning the police officer must have attacked her friend first. By your reasoning, the police officer initiated the violence and then escalated the violence. Either way the cop is wrong, and so are you. That is my interpretation.

      Peace

      Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Thursday, June 24, 2010 | Reply

  8. Actually, the problem is not just a racist one. It is a police state orientation on the part of many people.

    I was pulled over by two cops, one black and one white. They came and got my driver’s license and then went back to their car. I waited for an ungodly amount of time and then got out of my car to go ask them what was going on.

    The white cop put his hand on his gun and started screaming at me to get back in my car.

    When I complained about this treatment at work, the consensus was that I had “asked for it” by getting out of my car, and “everybody knew” that you were supposed to stay in your car, and that even if he had shot me, I would have asked for it. (I’m a white woman).

    Really? I said. Where it is written that you can’t get out of you car? “Everyone just knows”.

    Well, I read the driver’s rules of the road, and it’s not in there. How was I supposed to know?

    The point is that Americans are subservient to the police, and hostile to “criminals” (defined as anyone stopped by the police), and race, while certainly leading to more stops and more arrests if you’re not white, is not considered a reason to not be attacked by the police.

    Comment by wagelaborer | Friday, June 25, 2010 | Reply

  9. And, by the way, when I was a teenager, I crossed the street, in a crosswalk, when the light was green, but reading “Don’t Walk”.

    I got a ticket and had to go to court.

    A few weeks later, I saw the same cop stop 2 boys doing the same thing, and he gave them a ride to the high school!!

    Comment by wagelaborer | Friday, June 25, 2010 | Reply

    • Thanks for the feedback wagelaborer,

      But when do we get to the part when you got a straight to the face? Am I to assume from your story that you believe that I am under the impression that white women are never harassed by the police? If so then I think you’ve taken things out of context. White women get tickets. White women will be stopped and questioned by the police. However, in that interaction, police are a lot more tolerant of white women misbehaving than they would be with black women.

      Peace

      Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Monday, June 28, 2010 | Reply

  10. …I don’t see how you can deny that you would feel justified attacking a white woman if her father “attacked” (aka defended himself from attack by) your daughter. Encouraging others to attack an innocent female, all from the protection of a keyboard. What a man you are…

    Comment by John | Friday, June 25, 2010 | Reply

    • Fuck you John,

      Maybe one day somebody will beat the shit out of your sister or daughter or mother because she made the mistake of pushing somebody. Maybe then you’ll tell me how manly you are because you wouldn’t give much of a shit about it.

      People react emotionally to a loved one getting jacked. It’s probably why they don’t let family members and friends of victims serve on juries. They wouldn’t be very impartial.

      Your welcome here has just run out.

      Peace

      Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Friday, June 25, 2010 | Reply

    • JOhn, I really hope that you do not have a daughter… because you are basically saying that a man has a right to PUNCH your daughter for PUSHING him and you would not take any action against him!

      Comment by JuJuBe | Friday, June 25, 2010 | Reply


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