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Video of cop punching someone to get them under control

I just saw the video on mynorthwest.com of the officer punching the 17 year old woman that was verbally and physically abusing him. Her friend was getting a jaywalking ticket and she decided if she yelled profanities at the cop and shoved him a few times that she could break her friend free and they could get out of the jaywalking ticket. To me, watching the video, it looked a lot like both women were shoving him and attacking him at the same time. If I had some crazy woman yelling profanities at me and shoving me I would be scared it was going to escalate and probably pepper spray her. But I'm thinking he may not have had enough time to reach for pepper spray, assuming he had any.

I'm not going to say whether he was right or wrong to punch her because I wasn't in that situation and I don't know how threatened he felt. I have no idea if he punched her to get the situation under control or if he was angry. We may never know. But what I do know is that you don't yell profanities at a cop and shove him. I've received two jaywalking tickets in my life and it's not that bad. If you break the law there are consequences. If you think the consequences are not just then take it to court like everyone else. So either use the legal system to fight it or buck up and take the consequences, but don't use physical force and abuse on a cop. That's just sad.

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Police are taught hand to hand combat and yes, a punch to the face is a technique that can be employed in defense. It is a non-lethal tactic (far better then say, night stick) to establish order. Nothing saying if she was willing to lay hands on an officer, she wouldn't be willing to try to take his weapon or use one she may have had on her persons.

The officer would have used the same tactic regardless of skin color, etc. and the fact that he hit her only once is clear indication that it wasn't racially motivated.
and the fact that he hit her only once is clear indication that it wasn't racially motivated.

I'd say it's speculative either way.
speculative or not, she shouldn't have put her hands on the police officer in the first place
As I said below, she was acting stupidly.