Video Shows Pittsburgh Cop Punching Teen At Gay Pride In An Apparent Use Of Excessive Force

A video showing a Pittsburgh Police officer using what appears to be excessive force on a 19-year-old Pittsburgh PrideFest attendee, has sparked outrage online after it was shared on Facebook late Sunday afternoon.

According to eyewitness Autumn Huntera, the incident occurred around 5 o’clock Sunday afternoon. Huntera explains that the teen engaged in a heated debate with a group of anti-gay protesters attending the Pride festival: “She was saying that being gay is not a sin and that she was a lesbian and proud of it, and that she wasn’t going to hell for it.”

Huntera detailed her account of the incident for us:

The girl was debating with one of the protesters, and she stepped closer without even realizing it and the officer ran over to her. He grabbed her by the back of her neck, pulled her over, dropped her on the ground, pulled her up by her hair, and said “Do you want me to hit you.” When she didn’t respond, he hit her in stomach area about 4 or 5 times repeatedly. After everyone yelled at him, he hand cuffed her, put her against a wall. She was crying against a wall next to her ‘attacker’ while her fiancee was panicking trying to find someone who recorded it.

Huntera adds that the protester and teen were about a foot apart when the officer grabbed her without prior warning.

Watch a video of the incident below:

WPXI has also shared a full-length version of the video:

UPDATE Via WPXI:

Channel 11’s Rick Earle reported that sources say the woman involved was arrested and is facing several charges, including resisting arrest.

According to the criminal complaint, Ariel Lawther was fighting with a man named Eric Moore. The officer involved said when he went to break the fight up, he got pushed and kicked. The complaint stated that the officer, “pulled the woman out and grabbed her hair and punched her in the stomach a few times.”

Lawther posted $5,000 bail and has since been released from the Allegheny County Jail.

At a news conference late Monday morning, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto said he wants “fairness” and is launching an investigation into the video to determine if excessive force was used.

The Delta Foundation issued a statement saying:

Following an extremely successful Pittsburgh Pride 2014 which included record crowds all weekend, the Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh was concerned to learn about a video of an incident between a city of Pittsburgh police officer and an attendee. We are working closely with Mayor Bill Peduto’s office, public safety director Stephen Bucar, acting chief Regina McDonald, the office of municipal investigations, and the Citizens Police Review Board to review the incident and take appropriate action.”

Multiple eyewitnesses dispute the officers claims that Lawther physically assaulted him and that he is lying. “No, she never laid her hands on anybody,” Huntera tells us.

A second eyewitness who was attending the pride event with her young son, also denies the officers accusations. “The officer was not kicked and punched,” Lawanda Pearson recounts. “The girl just stood her ground as the officer got in her face, and then he grabbed her and threw her on the ground. When she did not get back up, the cop grabbed her by her hair and pulled her up saying, ‘Do you want me to hit you then he just repeatedly punch her on her side.’”

Do you think the officer used excessive force on the teenage girl? Leave your opinions in the comment section below.

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  1. Benji on June 16, 2014

    That cop needs to be arrested and charged with unlawful restraint, assault and battery.

    • Fair and Just on June 16, 2014

      I think your an idiot, what the cop did was warranted. Do not try to fight with a police officer. He was doing his job.

      • Dan on June 16, 2014

        Wow are there still dumb asses defending the police and barking BE AFRAID! Remember the Police also break the law and often. Idiots who uphold their heavy handed and often murderous response so many NON THREATENING situations are at the end of the day a rung above primordial soup themselves !

      • Anonymous on June 16, 2014

        ur a cop aren’t you?

      • *you're* an idiot on June 16, 2014

        “Your an idiot” = Most ironic statement of all time. Total jackass on multiple counts. Unless you’re a troll, in which case please format your hard drive.

      • BiteMe on June 16, 2014

        Really? Even though SHE DIDN’T FIGHT BACK? He wasn’t doing anything right. He’s a disgusting pig of a person. I’ve met good cops that “do their job” before. This jackass is not one of them.

      • Cole on June 16, 2014

        Doing his job? Interesting because there are limitations that his job requires he follows on the use of force. He went beyond all of these limitations. Unfortunately though because he is the “law” he most likely will get away with it. I was a criminal justice major until I realized the truth of how dirty majority of cops are. There is no such thing as a true good cop, they ALL use their position/authority to some advantage.

        • How dare you use words like MAJORITY and ALL? Are you kidding? This guy clearly didn’t do what he should have in the situation, and I agree with what you said about limitations. You are correct in that respect. But to say the the MAJORITY of cops are like this? Ridiculous. And of course there is such thing as a good cop. Maybe if you weren’t so anti-authority you’d have the opportunity to find one.

          • Zak on June 19, 2014

            How can we continue seeing story after story about cops attacking and even killing innocent civilians and not be anti-authority?At this point is in our best interest to assume all cops and pigs and avoid them at all cost. If we get too closeto one we’ll just end up as another of these articles.

      • Some Dude. on June 16, 2014

        Grabbing a girl by the hair and punching shows a severe lack of discipline by the police officer. He obviously can’t control himself so why should he be in any sort of power position. He should lose his job and face charges. Standing up for this behavior saying he was doing his job is plain ignorant.

      • Anonymous on June 16, 2014

        your fucking retarded, that cop is a common street thug

      • marty on June 16, 2014

        are you high?

      • RoyBig on June 17, 2014

        YOU’RE, you MORON. You are watching something happen before your eyes, everyone refutes the cop’s story, yet you are an apologist for the cop. Wow. Get a clue.

      • Fair and Just on June 17, 2014

        O my! Lets all cry about your and you’re, sorry for my grammar mistake. So lets break it down for all you people defending her, if she hadn’t done something to to have the officer go over to her in the first place that never would of happen. She resisted, didn’t listen to the law enforcement officer. And I also enjoy how we are all able to make a judgment on the whole situation with a whole 16 seconds of video.

        • Look – you don’t have room to say that anybody else shouldn’t be passing judgment because you’re passing judgment yourself. That’s that. And your grammar is terrible, which can actually have strong negative implications regarding communication, which makes it a perfectly relevant thing to say.

          Also, the question isn’t one of resistance; it’s one of what she deserved. It’s a philosophical debate (i.e. should the cop have beaten the shit out of her?), not a policy or methodology debate (i.e. did she follow the rules?), so quit making it about her.

          Asshole.

      • ijustcommented on June 17, 2014

        Fact check #873: Name calling immediately discredits you, and your argument. If you continue to troll, please troll well.

      • Francisco on June 17, 2014

        Are you insane? Did you saw the video?

      • Louie on June 17, 2014

        I think the cop, like 99.8% of them should be forced to watch his family members be beat to death, and then slowly tortured until he begs for death, then allowed to heal and repeated… per capita more cops are crooks than the private sector, they’ll always get paid leave and returned to the streets because coward ass American citizen won’t put a stop to it….take solace in Las Vegas recently to of those bage wearing cowards were permanently sent on vacation without pay

        • FUCK. YOU. on June 17, 2014

          How dare you bring his family into this? You disgusting human being. You can’t use numbers like 99.8%. Where did you even get that from? This cop’s actions were clearly wrong. However, it sickened me to read what you wrote here. You need to appreciate what the good cops that are out there are doing for you EACH AND EVERY FUCKING DAY instead of wishing these repulsive things upon them (AND THEIR FAMILIES??). Grow up and start trying to put an end to police brutality instead of acting like a child and making up horrid things that you wish would happen to ALL police officers and their loved ones.

  2. Pearl Thompson on June 16, 2014

    This makes me sick. I think this says more about him than her. I bet he is very anti gay and female. I hope there will be charges against him. I think there should be a mental evaluation given to him. if he is to stay on the force. or not.

  3. Brandon Deamer on June 16, 2014

    It makes you wonder if this guy has a wife and kids and if so, how he treats them.

  4. Cassandra Mosley on June 16, 2014

    This is unacceptable. The officer used excessive force, totally apparent in the video. I’m appauled at his actions. I was there and marched inthe parade…..even the protesters were peaceful. debates are waht keep us on our feet. if the protesters didnt have an issue then the police officer was out of line by attcking this poor irl standing up for her own rights.

  5. Heidi McDonald on June 16, 2014

    You can file complaints with the Citizens’ Review Board HERE: http://cprbpgh.org/about/filing-a-complaint Plus, there is a meeting of the Review Board TONIGHT, June 16, at 6pm in Pittsburgh City Council Chambers. It is open to the public. I can’t personally be there, but, I did file a complaint. Please support this young woman with me.

  6. Rockem G on June 16, 2014

    Actually it looks like he started hitting her AFTER she made an aggressive move toward the officer. I believe that if you watch the video again you can see it. So in accordance with his training as an officer he is supposed to subdue an aggressive party

    • Anonymous on June 16, 2014

      she was not making any aggressive moves, she was putting her glasses ontop of her head. No aggressive moves were made at all by her.

    • Adriana on June 16, 2014

      He had her by the hair the whole time, making it impossible for her to make an aggressive move towards him. When she was on her knees he could have laid her on the ground and handcuffed her. Instead he pulled her up to her feet again, by her hair and assaulted her, why don’t you watch the video again.

    • Kelly G on June 16, 2014

      I’ve watched it several times and the aggressive move looked like it was made because the Officer yanked her toward him by her hair.

      • Louie on June 17, 2014

        Kelly G, I hope you have family members , or yourself on a youtube video very soon, getting the shit kicked outta you so we can all watch it and decide if you or your sorry ass family member made an aggressive move towards the brave soul kicking the shit out of you….. hopefully soon U depart the earth, and decrease the surplus population of idiots and cowards who need thug cops on the street

        • ? on June 17, 2014

          Seriously. Your comments are so unnecessary. People’s families are irrelevant here. Bring up another point besides trying to insult people personally. Otherwise f off.

        • H. on June 18, 2014

          Kelly G was defending the girl. She was saying the officer just forced the girl to move by pulling her around by her hair, and that she wasn’t violent. Learn to read before you start slinging death wishes, you fucking tool.

    • Anonymous on June 16, 2014

      ur probably a cop………

    • Anonymous on June 16, 2014

      now i wish i would have videotaped this as well and got the whole thing down because the video and the reports are both inaccurate, the cop was breaking up a fight and this woman jumped in and started hitting him and kept hitting him and he kept trying to calm down but she didn’t so he hit her back, was it right, probably not, but if i’m a cop and someone is repeatedly hitting me and i don’t really have back up then yes, this may happen and the video only shows the tail end of it and i know this because u can see a piece of me at the end of the video

      • Anonsy on June 17, 2014

        are you slow or blind? where in the video did you see her hit anybody? they were yelling and obviously yelling and screaming is not the same as physical assault. you are definitely not in the right mind to judge anything if you try to say she laid hands on anybody

    • Anonymous on June 17, 2014

      Even if she was making an aggressive move, what was going to happen? An armed cop, probably wearing a vest, versus a 19 year old girl – whom was already subdued, and definitely unarmed – at a Gay Pride parade surrounded by witnesses.

      Did he really feel that threatened?

  7. Nick on June 16, 2014

    The worst part is if anyone tries to stop the officer hes going to take out his gun and shoot them :( we seriously need a civilian agency to monitor police complaints because “internal reviews” are complete bullshit

  8. aaron on June 16, 2014

    well, according to most use of force chains, he was just softening her up to gain compliance. maybe if people were raised right there wouldn’t have been a need to arrest her dumb ass in the first place.

    • Adriana on June 16, 2014

      I’d like to soften your face with a bat, you homophobic douche bag.

      • ? on June 17, 2014

        Who said anything about him being anti-gay?

    • Anonymous on June 16, 2014

      ur a cop..

    • Jerec on June 17, 2014

      Raised right? What the hell are you talking about? The cop used EXCESSIVE FORCE while pulling her hair! Watch the video and stop defending the cop you authoritative pig!

    • Dave on June 17, 2014

      There are always a few fascist idiots who will defend authority no matter what it does. You should take a civics class. The people are sovereign in this country. The police are supposed to protect and serve us, not rule over us. You’re terribly unpatriotic and anti-American.

  9. Dan on June 16, 2014

    Unforgivable. Civil lawsuit in order, to be preceded or followed by his dismissal from the force and a re-route to where he should really be employed: anywhere he has no contact with people.

  10. bob on June 16, 2014

    someone needs to go to that board meeting tonight and bring that shit up

  11. Teresa Santelli on June 16, 2014

    You all have it wrong. What the police officer did to this poor woman was battery. Assault is the threat. Battery is the action. He should be stripped and charged with the proper crime

    • Bill D. on June 19, 2014

      It may surprise you but when someone is arrested, the police are allowed to touch you. I know… shocking. I didn’t believe it either! I thought they had to verbally tell you to comply.

  12. Noel on June 16, 2014

    I saw no aggressive advance from the girl whatsoever and I’ve watched this at least ten times. She lifts her arm at one point to, what appears to be, reach for his hand which was grasping a handful of her hair. If someone had me by the hair I would be reaching for it as well. I find his behavior inexcusable.

  13. Malcolm on June 16, 2014

    Somebody should just shoot that faggot in the head.

  14. Ivan on June 16, 2014

    Happy pride week from Pittsburgh to Toronto!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuhOezVVdYY&feature=youtu.be

  15. Dontae Davis on June 16, 2014

    I can say that. Despite the fact that it seems that she may have been struggling. The clip is too short to say. As an officer of the law there was never a reason to justify gut punching that young lady. As much as I’d hate to say it after that first punch…he woulda had all the reason in the world to charge me…bc all bets woulda been off. I couldn’t have let him do that to me….and a female really…that posed no threat to him….ridiculous

  16. Laurinda on June 16, 2014

    Since when is it acceptable to subdue someone, especially a young girl, by repeatedly punching her? Disgusting!

  17. Anonymous on June 16, 2014

    aaaaand this is why we need a citizen’s review board

  18. Neisha on June 16, 2014

    It’s just a sad shame thats who we’re supposed to look up to help in a time of need
    You can clearly tell nobody put hands on him and if even so that gives you the right to punch her a young girl at that some police think oh Igot a badge I run the fucking world so much for a justice system I’m sure nothing serious will even come to him after this how sad and it will continue to happen

  19. Forrest on June 16, 2014

    Where’s the video? This is a photo, which can be misinterpreted. Can someone point us to the actual video footage that shows the punching?

  20. Sam on June 16, 2014

    I watched the video multiple times and didn’t see the girl make any sort of aggressive movement toward the officer…even if she did at the beginning of the video and I missed it, I still don’t see why he had to repeatedly hit her in the stomach?? He had her down on the ground…if he felt at all threatened, he could have just put her in handcuffs and called it a day. There was absolutely no need for him to pull her back up and hit her. I don’t know what’s going on here but I hope they do a thorough investigation and punish the officer!

  21. Anonymous on June 16, 2014

    Shes a women…. Doesn’t matter what happened… he should get fired dishonorable discharge with legal actions… His job is to serve and protect….

  22. Scott on June 16, 2014

    This is not showing the entire confrontation. I side with the officer

  23. Ian on June 16, 2014

    There needs to be a formal hearing, the video was not very clear and we do not have the context around it.

  24. Grammar police on June 16, 2014

    Hey “fair and just”… Before calling someone an idiot, you should probably learn the difference between your and you’re… Idiot

  25. breanne on June 16, 2014

    If this were a celebrity, and that cop did all that. That whole police department would be under investigation. I pray for a guy like that. Because he needs a wake up call.

  26. Anonymous on June 16, 2014

    You can tell by the video that they where very careful only to show the actions of the officer and block any actions from the female or other persons in the crowd to bolster the claims of the cop that is the typical actions of lgbt protesters they start altercations at rallies and ensure that there is always someone there to record only the actions of those opposed to their view or people of authority so that they can drum up support for their cause and find a way to sure to get more money to support their view because if you don’t agree with their thoughts you are automatically a homophobic asshole and incapable of rational thought they don’t want equality they want total domineering control over those opposed to their lifestyle

    • Karen on June 16, 2014

      Or, maybe they just afraid to get too close because they might be next. I mean, they were filming…..

    • Cole on June 16, 2014

      Actually the video from the start shows clear as day the female & officer were face to face. While face to face the officer grabbed her by her neck began pushing her back. From there she was on the ground & being pulled by her hair. The proper actions the officer should of took after alter assaulting her by putting his hands around her neck would of been properly detaning her while he had her on the ground. Instead though the officer pulled her back up to her feet by her head of hair & began swinging with a full fist into her side. You’re accustions are ridiculous but such accusations as so are only made by a fool.

  27. Eric Wilson on June 16, 2014

    Fair and just?!! You must be a police officer with little man complex. If he wasn’t carrying a gun to protect himself, he would have gotten his ass BEAT. Not all fags are pussies. Remember that next time you are out.

    • Fair and Just on June 17, 2014

      Uh Oh! I better watch my front as well as my back/ass now huh? Everyone got internet muscles huh.

  28. Anonymous on June 16, 2014

    The cop deserves to be fired and pay restitution to that girl. If that is the type of training they receive then the whole dept. needs to be fired. There are other ways of taking a suspect down without beating them

  29. Frank on June 16, 2014

    It doesn’t matter what the full story was because he started assaulting her, not gently subduing. It’s not part of their training to punch people and pull their hair. Therefore he either deserves to lose his job or justice. When he sets the example as a police officer it doesn’t matter if she did or didn’t hit him because he hit her several times. And from what I can see she never did hit him. It wouldn’t be justified for him to punch her several times over anything. Justice may find these mad cops.

    • Bill D. on June 19, 2014

      Gently subduing? Police give orders, they don’t make requests. “Please if it’s not too much trouble, could you please place your hands behind your back? Oh, this is not a convenient time? Okay, call me when you’re free to be arrested.”

  30. Anonymous on June 16, 2014

    This absolutely breaks my heart.

  31. Karen on June 16, 2014

    All I see is a cop beating the crap out of a young girl as she tries to cover her head. Yes, she was mouthy, but it seems wrong that for that he is legally allowed to beat the crap out of her and she has to do nothing but take it? What kind of legal system is that? What happened to serve and protect? Looks more like she needs protection from him.
    I’m sorry, not everyone is cut out to be on the police force, and if the stress is too much, he needs to find a less stressful job, not what is shown here.

  32. Crissy on June 16, 2014

    Bottom line is, even if the girl kicked or punched the officer I’m pretty sure there are charges for that. She was so little he had control of her. He doesn’t get to hit her back?!?! WTF.

  33. Debbie L Romano on June 16, 2014

    I pulled this video from our local Pittsburgh news station WPXI. It’s a longer clip. http://www.wpxi.com/videos/news/raw-full-video-officer-attendee-encounter-at/vCfBYf/

  34. David on June 16, 2014

    That’s a typical Pittsburgh ahole officer. Pittsburgh cops are a biggoted arrogant trash that violate their citizens basic freedoms. It sounds like there should be a federal lawsuit for violating her freedom of speech as well as arresting and firing this officer who according to witnesses used exccessive force because he supported the religious claim that Jesus doesn’t think Gay Americans have rights as tax payers.

  35. grigsby on June 16, 2014

    at times officers over step their force. she was not hurting anyone she has freedom of speach. the officer should be laid off or fired for
    how he handled this

  36. mike smith on June 16, 2014

    Cant wait to go to pittsburgh see how tough that guy really is

    • Fair and Just on June 17, 2014

      You gonna fight the cop? That’s smart. I think you need to be punched in the stomach. Let me know how that works out for you.

  37. mike smith on June 16, 2014

    He must either be gay himself or has a wife and beats the crap outta her I dont think that girl deserved that. Woman beaters and all child offenders need put in jail and executed people like that are also usually mad cuz they cant get nothing better then there hand and get mad at females for rejecting them lil ding ding

  38. wow on June 16, 2014

    This office needs throwed in jail..He picked her up and hit her for know reason.. It event said she didn’t get back up he pulled her hit her then arrested her.. If she was so wrong and he was doing his job then why didn’t he arrest her while on the ground.. He is a asshole who needed to act like a big shot and got caught being a dirty pig.. I hope he gets throwed in to jail with all the convicts who he put away. If he was a real man he wouldn’t of hit her.. she wasn’t event fighting him she was scared..

  39. Art on June 17, 2014

    I 100% believe what my fellow Christian brother was saying and glad that girl got arrested for resisting arrest.

    • sdkflsdkjf on June 17, 2014

      Well i guess you are a special kind protestan because somehow u take a beautiful book like the Bible and you turn it into an abomination. The only thing that they taught me is that Jesus is LOVE! Nothing more nothing less! Jesus said love the man next to you!(Funny that he didnt say dont love him if he is homosexual dont u think)? Oh and also if you think that because you are going to church(goldmine if you ask me) every sunday its gonna get you into heaven good luck buddy!

    • Joey Jensen on June 17, 2014

      So, who was it that Christ died for? Was it the sinner? Does he love the sinners? Are their other sinners besides gay’s that cannot be a christian? Liars, cheaters, speeders, gossipers can any of them be a christian?

      I get it and agree that the bible teaches homosexuality and other fornication is sin, but it is those sinners that Jesus came to die for and many Christians fight against. Should you not side with Christ?

  40. jess on June 17, 2014

    What the fuck, get a grip, his job is to keep the peace and if someone gets out of hand you subdue as quickly as you can, he was within all hus rights to do so, so stop being biased and accept it.

  41. Stuckinthemiddle on June 17, 2014

    Whether or not the woman assulted him he should have just detained her and arrested her. There was no need for him to punch her or pull her hair, that is the point. Gay or anti-gay is not the point here, the point is that excessive unnecessary force was used. I work with autistic adults and get assulted everyday and am nappi trained and I would never punch any of my clients in the stomach to control then. Like me, officers are trained to restrain and detain. Beliefs aside this was uncalled for. She did not derseve to be arrested that way whether she was breaking the law or not.

  42. For a while then on June 17, 2014

    hey yinz cunts. this is why we need to respect the local constabulary. they are the ultimate authority. i dont understand hows come certain folks need to challenge them. we know the outcome. we should be kissing their asses for keeping up safe.

    and isnt gay still illegal?

  43. RedCharli on June 17, 2014

    As a citizen of the UK, I see this video and I feel absolutely terrified, especially as this is the direction in which our current coalition government is taking public order policing. Considering how this video makes me feel, I cannot draw a line between that police officer’s behaviour and straightforward might-is-right terrorism. It’s time for an international citizen’s task-force to respond to these kind of events, because if we don’t look after ourselves, then it’s a sure thing that these vile pigs won’t do it.

  44. militarychick on June 17, 2014

    I know this cop personally and have for years. He is a really sweet and innocent guy. I’m sure he was only doing what he felt he needed to keep himself and everyone else safe. There are two sides to every story and just because she looks like the victim here, He would not just out of the blue attack someone. He just wouldn’t.

    • Anonymous on June 17, 2014

      You are part of the problem.

    • Anonymous on June 17, 2014

      He’s wearing a bullet proof vest, most likely has some kind of firearm, and had handcuffs the whole time. He’s also probably upwards of 175 lbs? She can’t be more than 120. He found it necessary to beat her mercilessly. He /could/ have just pulled her back and hand cuffed her, but instead, he chose to take out his aggression on her.
      Sorry, but your ‘friend’ is neither sweet nor innocent. He is downright disgusting, unlawful and deserves to be jailed for life.

    • humi on June 18, 2014

      yeah right, and I also knew your mother!
      Let me just tell you this,
      punching a teenager girl multiple times in stomach definitely breaks the protocol.
      No other way around.
      That guy is a human trash.

    • Kay on June 18, 2014

      And what exactly was he keeping everyone safe from, there? An unarmed teenage girl is not generally an extreme threat to the populace, even if she’s having an argument with someone. Even on the video, he already had her down. He could readily have detained her properly, or kept her down to wait for backup. If he was trying to keep everyone safe, it was only from her opinions, not her actions.

  45. Anonymous on June 17, 2014

    Pittsburgh police at its finest. The only people defending this video are the corrupt city cops of our great town

  46. Michael on June 17, 2014

    There is no Police officer ANYwhere in America who has the right to assault a citizen in an unprovoked manner. HAD she hit him he was within in his rights to arrest her. He was not within his rights to arrest her BRUTALLY. HAD she fought back he would have had the right to PROTECT himself. SHE did not fight back but, rather remained on the ground when he threw her there in a PASSIVE posture. He did not protect himself HE Brutalized her.
    He needs to fired and his record so noted that he may NEVER serve as PUBLIC SERVANT in ANY capacity EVER again.

  47. Annoyed on June 17, 2014

    Hey Louie I neither agree or disagree because I wasn’t there to see the full story but when you start the threatening someone’s family that’s what I called fucked up

  48. Heather on June 17, 2014

    That is so wrong , the cop should not have used such force on the young girl. He appears to have anger issues deeply

  49. Jessie on June 18, 2014

    Like many others, I do not know the whole story. Pictures and videos can play tricks on the naked eye, however, what I do know is that standing up for what you believe in isn’t always easy, thus subject in particular is quite a battle, I know, and screaming and yelling about your belief isn’t a crime either. The armed officer was wrong in throwing out punches at a seemingly helpless teenager. Please don’t bring her sex into this, female or male, hitting a teen for expressing his/her opinions will never be right. Didn’t we all learn at one point in our lives that we must do unto others as you would have them do unto you? Bringing in the officer’s family members is really unncessary. He was involved in this, not them.

  50. jake on June 18, 2014

    1. The man has a right to say whatever he wants, as long as he is harming no one. First Amendment.

    2. When a person is being restrained by a police officer, if that person offers ANY resistance, the cop may use force to restrain.

    3. That woman is so shrill and obnoxious. She is so completely without modesty that her lack of all virtue shows through. So sad.

  51. standupguy on June 18, 2014

    Everyone hate on cops every chance they get, lumping them all in together after one of them steps over the line. I am not excusing what this officer did, nor do i think it was right. No one films when police find a missing 4 year old, or takes a drunk driver off the road. People will always have a hate out for police because of one idiot. As an officer i take great pride in my work and try hard every single day to make sure im making everything the safest I can. I serve the public, the public doesn’t serve me, there will always be officers who get that mixed up, but all i can do is my job.

    • Zak on June 19, 2014

      People can’t trust cops anymore. This sort of thing is happening constantly, and its other cops, like you, that keep it happening. You all make sure you’re good buddies get off with nothing more than a paid vacation- every time.Maybe if more cops actually stood up against this behavior I wouldn’t have to live more in fear of the police than of criminals.

  52. Bill D. on June 19, 2014

    In other news… Pittsburgh gay rights activist assaults anti-gay protestor at Gay Pride parade.

    When are gay right’s activists going to learn physically assaulting anti-gay protestors is not right? See video at 3:02. Bike helmet dude had to put his right arm out to defend himself against her just before Cop enters the frame pulling them apart and arresting her.

    FWIW, I live in San Francisco two blocks from Castro St. and marched in my fair share of Pride parades but protestors assaulting each other is wrong no matter the cause. Please learn to respect one another.

  53. bianka on June 19, 2014

    this sort of thing disgusts me and to think that these are the people who are meant to be protecting us?!?! i think he should be locked up and put in for a long time, just because they are the ones who have to power to arrest people does NOT mean they’re above the law. and to think that a 17 year old knows hes in the wrong and he doesnt even though hes a 20-30 year old male…. its unfathomable to me

  54. Moose on June 22, 2014

    I want to become a cop in a few years. But this is so offensive and not at all what cops should be. It is a young girl, most likely defensive. Legally, cops cannot attack. They can only use defensive measures and forceful action ONLY if there is imminent physical threat to themselves or others. She was a young woman in a verbal argument. Once he had her by the hair, all he had to do was push her on the ground and cuff her. Punching her four times in the stomach is unlawful and battery. Cops only have the right to subdue the perpetrator on the ground with no excessive force. That was completely excessive and he should rot in jail for years along with rapists that the scumbag would probably get along with.

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