Seattle police investigate officer's punch on woman


The Seattle Police Department is investigating an incident in which a uniformed officer was filmed punching a 17-year-old woman in the face.

The incident began when officer Ian P. Walsh spotted a man jay-walking and as he was speaking to him, he saw four young women jaywalk across the same street at the same spot.

When the officer asked the women to step over to his patrol car, the officer alleges they became "verbally antagonistic".

The president of the police force has defended the officer's actions, and denied it was an act of police brutality or racism.

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