The message is loud and clear. Don't jaywalk in Seattle or you will get socked in the mouth. In Seattle, there has been a serious problem with jaywalkers over the past decade. On the south side of Seattle, 61 jaywalkers were hit by vehicles along a mile stretch along S. Rainier Ave between 2002 and 2006.
With the result of so many people running into vehicles, the Seattle Police Department has been forced to issue more and more parking citations because people don't know how to cross the street properly at the crosswalks of intersections. Over 2,000 jaywalking tickets were passed out in 2006.
All of this melodrama leads to what happened Monday afternoon. Officer Ian Walsh spotted several people jaywalk on. Way South near the intersection at Rainier. Instead of using the proper pedestrian overpass, they walk right into the middle of the street.
The officer tells one of the people, a 17 year old girl, to stop walking so that he could issue her a jaywalking citation. The girl refused to obey authority and kept walking. The officer got out of his vehicle and was physically pulling the girl back to the scene to now arrest her for jaywalking and for resisting arrest.
As the girl continues to resist arrest by wrestling with the officer, another 19 year old girl grabbed him. The officer then planted his foot and socked the 19 year old in the mouth! From the video, you can see it was a pretty good punch because the girl has some pounds on her and the cop looks like that he is only a little taller than me.
It's sad to see that this incident turned into force, but people should learn to cross the street appropriately.