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Cop Celebrates Pittsburgh Pride By Punching Lady

pittsburgh pride assaultHere’s a disturbing video of a lady lurching around as a police officer punches her at Pittsburgh Pride.

It’s hard to tell from the video what’s going on. Presumably the cop didn’t just walk up to a random person and assault them for no reason.

According to police, the woman was fighting with another guy, and about 50 people had gathered around them. The officer reported that when he tried to break up the fight, the woman punched him.

And allegedly, that wasn’t the officer’s first run-in with that woman. Earlier in the day, he says, he had to warn her “not to be so physically offensive” with other people.

So it’s kind of hard to say who’s in the wrong here. Was this woman picking fights with people and assaulting a cop who tried to calm things down? Or is this a cop who was looking for an opportunity to hit a woman in the chest?

Either way, it probably could have been worse. In Detroit, a guy at Pride was beaten up by a group of men shouting homophobic slurs.


On:           Jun 16, 2014
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    • Stache99

      It looks bad but I’d have to see what happened to caused the incident.

      Jun 16, 2014 at 5:46 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jar

      Wow, queerty, you’ve gone out of the way to misinform on this incident. The “other people” you mention apparently were people demonstrating the pride event, not random watchers or attendees. You also fail to mention that the mayor has called for an investigation of the incident, the officer has been suspended for his actions, and a local gay rights organization has stepped in to offer support to this woman. I found all of this through a simple google search. So, is it basic incompetence or an attempt to spin this in a negative manner? Either way, the author and the site should be ashamed.

      Jun 16, 2014 at 6:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Nowuvedoneit

      I have to see what happened, it’s to easy to pass judgment without knowing the whole story. A few seconds of video is not a lot to go by, even going by what the link that Queerty provided the woman is in jail for various charges.

      Jun 16, 2014 at 7:20 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jar

      @Nowuvedoneit: You do realize that charging someone is meaningless, right? Are you also aware that cops frequently charge people with crimes with no basis, right? What matters are charges that are actually brought to trial. There is a significant difference between crimes alleged and charged (especially when based solely upon the testimony of a PO) and prosecutions?

      Am I interested to know what possible justifications you can envision for dragging a citizen by the hair and repeatedly punching her in the chest. Do you think this is standard police procedure? Do you think citizens should be subjected to this kind of behavior by law enforcement officers? Even if she did punch the officer, as he claims (along with a number of other inconsistent statements), that does not give him the right to engage in a street fight- at least not as long as the constitution is still operative.

      Jun 16, 2014 at 7:33 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Nowuvedoneit

      @jar: I’m not justifying anything other than what has been said. I am reserving judgment till more evidence can be presented. We also have a thing innocent till proven guilty and that applies to both parties involved.

      Jun 16, 2014 at 7:43 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Bjk

      Why do you use the sexist term “lady”? She is, undoubtedly, a woman, what automatically makes her a “lady”? I cannot recall you ever referring to a man as a “gentleman”. Why the double standard?

      Jun 16, 2014 at 10:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Shannon1981

      I hate the police. They are not to be trusted. I hope the cop loses his badge and the woman is out of jail posthaste.

      Jun 17, 2014 at 2:50 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Sumidagawa

      Why has Queerty disabled comments on TWO articles on Israel in the same day? Scared of the criticism much?

      Jun 17, 2014 at 6:33 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • litper

      The cop is a religious nazi. This is anti-gay hate crime!

      Jun 17, 2014 at 9:58 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • lcandela123

      @Nowuvedoneit: I think you are being purposely naive. Why are you doing that?

      Jun 18, 2014 at 2:23 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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