The 50th annual Puerto Rican Parade in Philadelphia was this weekend, and what seems to be the highlight of the event is a uniformed officer punching a woman in the face! Details are still vague of what happened that lead up to the violent outburst, but you do witness the end result.
The video begins with a woman in a black t-shirt agitating a group of police officers, shooting silly string and yelling at them. It is unclear as to why she is doing so, but the situation soon escalates. Off screen, someone throws some sort of liquid onto the group of officers, provoking them to turn around. One uniform officer advances towards the woman in black and punches her in the face, knocking her to the ground.
The officer proceeds to handcuff the woman and escort her away from the crowd. This video was posted to Reddit early this morning and quickly made its way to the front page.
However, almost all the details of the outburts are still unclear. What the atmosphere was like at the parade that day? What the woman was doing before the video began to provoke the police? What happened to woman after she was taken into custody? It is understandable that after a long day of having to deal with parade-goers and being out in the heat, the police would be very easily aggravated. However, do I think that proceeding to punch a civilian for throwing water on you was the right call, of course not!
SOOOO Question Nation:
What would you have done if you were in the officers position? What are your feelings on this story?