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Seattle Police Guild Defends Officer's Punch

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SEATTLE (AP) - Seattle Police Officers Guild President Rich O'Neil says an officer was justified in punching a young woman who shoved him in a dispute over jaywalking.

O'Neil told KCPQ-TV that punching the woman in the face was an appropriate use of force as the officer struggled with two women and a crowd formed. O'Neil says it's wrong to call the punch police brutality or racist.

Phone video shown on Seattle TV stations show Officer Ian P. Walsh trying to control two women Monday and punching a 17-year-old in the face.

Seattle Urban League CEO James Kelly says the punch was an overreaction that brought to mind Police are conducting an internal investigation.
      

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