It is kind of an interesting exercise to compare the police account of this encounter with the video. What do your eyes see?
I find it fascinating that so many commenters seem to believe that the police are entirely in the right to physically assault anyone who diss them. One example:
For the 3 of you who commented above, I hope you never really need the cops.. You have no idea "what's called for" as you have no law enforcement training (watching "police academy" doesn't count). the Metro police go out there and do their job as best they can....
Bottom line, don't mouth off to cops or plan on carrying really good dental insurance.
Or this (remember, all she did was use words):
She was told to leave, she left and came back and started in with the officer. Too bad for her, she asked for it.
Thanks, police, for making sure we don't ever have to encounter people in public who are not like ourselves
Finally Metro does something right. I ride the Metro regularly and I am sick and tired of this type of behavior. As a senior citizen I get fed up by the unruly behavior of today's youth. ... As for the cop, thank you
Or this one, where it is implied that it is the state's duty to use physical violence to enforce etiquette:
What kind of home schooling did she have? Why is she acting like this? I can't have any pity for her. She needs to take her uncivilized behavior somewhere else. Show some respect please. It appears she has no respect for authority or right or wrong. I feel for her parents if they should see this. Shameful, just shameful. The cop seems to just be doing his job. All she had to do was shut her sailor mouth and act like an adult.
Those who don't show respect for the state will be tackled and taken to jail. Metro police might as well come on over to my house and drag we away, because I have no respect for you either.
It pains me to admit that 30 years ago I was just such a "law and order" Conservative. Bleh.