|A Seattle police officer punching a 17-year-old African American girl|
SEATTLE (AP) -- A Seattle police officer is shown punching a young African American woman in the face in a witness video aired on several television stations. Police confirm that an officer punched a young woman Monday after a jaywalking stop escalated. They say in a statement that the unidentified officer believed the woman was trying to help another young woman escape and had "placed her hands on the officer's arm."
Police say the young women were verbally and physically abusive.
Sgt. Sean Whitcomb said late Monday that police were "glad no one was seriously hurt." He added there would be a full investigation.
Police say medics checked the women. A 19-year-old was arrested for investigation of obstructing an officer. A 17-year-old was arrested for investigation of assaulting an officer. Both were cited for jaywalking.
A wide-ranging investigation is under way after an April 17 video showed two Seattle officers kicking a suspect.