The video shows Officer Ian P. Walsh trying to arrest 19-year-old Marilyn Levias. The two were already struggling when Levias' friend, a 17-year-old, pushed the officer, and he responded by punching the friend in the face.
According to probable cause documents, 19-year-old Marilyn Levias and a 17-year-old girl were in a group of four people who were jaywalking to get to their friend. "The officer instructed the females to step over to his vehicle," officials said. "They were verbally antagonistic."
Then in an altercation the teen can be seen pushing the officer, who then responds by punching her in the face.
The crowd reacted with shock, and a voice is heard saying, "Are you serious?!"
Uploaded on YouTube on Monday, June 14, 2010, the video from Komo News has swelled to 198,889 views -- and is followed by plenty of heated comments with folks on either side of the issue.
This is the video.
There is no class in the police academy that teaches recruits to use closed hand punches to the face.