Several years ago, Chris Rock had a hysterical (but unmistakably accurate) bit on “how not to get your ass kicked by the police.”
These two Seattle women didn’t heed Chris’ advice:
To get serious for a moment… there’s an immediate rush to call this “police brutality” and “racism” based on the fact that the cop was white and the women were black. I don’t believe that race was the factor.
Did the cop use excessive force? No. But he did use superior force.
The woman initiated the fight with the officer. She didn’t like what he was doing, so she got in his face and started shoving him. And he responded with a right overhand that took most of the fight out of her.
One thing I heard years ago, and stuck with me, is that a police officer has no obligation to fight fairly — but an absolute responsibility to not lose a fight. For one, a cop carries several weapons — gun, taser, pepper spray — that we do not want out of their control. For another, if a cop loses a fight, then that potentially makes other cops targets.
The women were jaywalking. The video doesn’t show if he was going to give them a warning, a ticket, or arrest them, but that’s irrelevant. The law — and common sense — dictate that you do NOT get physical with a cop, unless you want an ass kicking. You do not grab a cop, you do not shove a cop, you do not push a cop. If you have a problem, you take it up later. Because if you’re very lucky, you’ll only face some serious criminal charges — resisting arrest, obstructing justice, assaulting a police officer. If you’re as unlucky as these women were, you will
get your ass kicked be subdued and forcibly restrained while resisting arrest.
Unless there’s a hell of a lot more to this story, the cop acted correctly. Indeed, he did the only things he could do, at each step.
Jesus, how stupid do you have to be to attack a cop over jaywalking?