Seattle has to be the only city in the country that gets its knickers in a knot over jaywalking. I vividly recall my own “WTF?” reaction the first time somebody told me I could get arrested in Seattle for jaywalking.
Unless you’ve been under a rock, you’ve probably seen the video of the Black teenage girl getting clocked by a Seattle cop.
We love to debate issues to death here in Seattle. The pundits are all abuzz about whether the use of force was justified.
The police union is busy defending the cops. The Urban League and ACLU are engaged in the usual rhetoric. Blah-blah-blah.
Everyone seems to have forgotten this dust-up was over jaywalking.
When did we all lose our minds and decide that jaywalking was such a horrendous crime that police should escalate stupidity to a crime and engage in force to arrest someone for crossing a street?
The Seattle Times made a mountain out of the molehill of the girls’ “criminal records” ~ they were arrested ~ not convicted ~ for petty teenage stupidity. The county prosecutor suggested these girls are a “threat to the community.” Oh, please.
She’s a foster child hoping to get her GED this weekend and working at a Safeway store.
This story made the Today Show (click on the link to watch the video) this morning along with a lobbying effort to adopt shelter dogs. I found myself wondering when somebody’s going to start lobbying to adopt and shelter foster kids.
The Seattle Police Department is already under scrutiny for beating the crap out of an innocent Latino guy they wrongly suspected of robbery. Someone with a video camera caught the cops saying, “I’m going to beat the [expletive] Mexican piss out of you, homey. You feel me?”
Serve and protect my ass. We’re living in a police state when cops can beat the crap out of innocent people and spin it to justify their criminal behavior.
We’re talking about a foster child who needs a break. . .not a broken arm.