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Teen In Police Defense Video Charged With Assault

Teen In Police Defense Video Charged With Assault

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Seattle Post Intelligencer via YellowBrix

June 22, 2010

SEATTLE – A 17-year-old girl who had a confrontation Monday with a Seattle police officer was charged Friday with third-degree assault.

The girl, whom is not naming because she was charged as a juvenile, pushed the officer Ian Walsh, who retaliated by punching her in the videotaped incident, which drew some nationwide criticism. The Seattle Police Officers’ Guild president backed Walsh, saying he did nothing wrong.

“The law is clear, you can’t shove a police officer, period,” King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg said in a statement Friday.

Because the girl was released from custody at her initial court appearance Tuesday, she will be sent a summons for arraignment at 9 a.m. on July 2.

If convicted, the girl faces up to 30 days in detention and up to a year of juvenile probation, a Satterberg spokesman said.

The teen’s history includes an arrest for robbery, but the case was dropped when the alleged victim refused to testify, prosecutors said. A motor vehicle theft charge was deferred.

On Friday, the 17-year-old wanted meet with Walsh and apologize, said James Kelly, CEO of Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle. The two met at a North Seattle community center at Kelly’s request, and he also was there.

“The two met today just to see if we could calm down a growing volatile situation,” Kelly said in a statement, noting the national attention.

“This is the first steps toward reconciliation and healing,” he said. “This was not about cameras, and charges, and lawsuits and people getting into their own silos and protecting their own turf: This is about two human beings who might offer the rest of us a chance of learning from a situation which could present itself any time in any neighborhood with any one of us.”

On Monday, Walsh was working as a patrol officer when about 3:10 p.m. he saw several people crossing Martin Luther King Jr. Way South near Rainier Avenue South, according to a police report. Walsh made contact with a man who allegedly jaywalked and saw three of the man’s friends, including the 17-year-old, also jaywalk, according to the report.

“You have jaywalked and you are required to identify yourself so that I can issue a citation,” Walsh told a 19-year-old, Marilyn Levias, according to the report. “If you refuse, you will be arrested for obstruction.”

Levias allegedly continued to walk away and told Walsh to “get the (expletive) off me” when he grabbed her. A struggle ensued and video shows the 17-year-old pushing Walsh. He turns and punched her in the face.

“Ofc. Walsh was forced to defend himself as he found himself struggling with two people,” Detective Michael Alphin wrote in the report.

Most of the struggle, which lasted a few minutes, was captured on the video that circulated nationally this week. At one point in the full 19:09 recording, Walsh was questioned by the videographer why he hit the 17-year-old.

“I don’t care,” Walsh responded. “She’s going to fight with me, I’ll fight with her.”

The 17-year-old and Levias, who has been charged with obstruction, use explicit language throughout the incident and appeared to resist Walsh’s efforts to retrain them.

Levias was previously charged with pushing a King County Sheriff’s deputy, but that case was deferred because it was her first offense, a spokesman for Satterberg said.

The 17-year-old was released Tuesday to her home at the Virginia Miller House, a facility “geared towards behavior modification of difficult to place teen girls ages 12-17,” according to its website.

The house is about three blocks from where the videotaped incident occurred. Walsh is a South Precinct patrol officer.

Kelly chose the North Seattle community center for Friday’s meeting to “be off everyone’s turf,” he said. Levias couldn’t be reached for the meeting, but her lawyer was there.

The meeting was intended to bring some reconciliation and ease community tensions. Kelley said he wanted to ratchet the incident down so people can start thinking rationally.

“Today I think we accomplished this,” Kelley said. “I want to personally thank … (the teen) for coming forward to apologize for her part in the situation on Monday over by Franklin High, and I want to thank Ian Walsh for meeting with her and accepting her apology.”

  • Car6_max50


    about 4 years ago



  • Ycso-patch_max50


    about 4 years ago


    This is an attempt to undermind Officer's authority. The Officer was acting lawfully under the color of the law and the girl in the black shirt should not have resisted, (for which she should be charged). The girl in the pink shirt in no way should have interjected and was abjectly wrong to assault the Officer. And the Officer had more than just the two females to concider, there were several other people in the immediate area who were potential threats. The Officer should not be criticized for taking control of the situation.
    i_smell_bacon: 'even a fool is thought to be wise when he keeps silent'... you obviously have not learned this
    bernicelaredneck: well said

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago


    I smell bacon let me guess you live home with mom and dad and your like 30, no better yet your unemployed and spend most of your time on the couch eating cheetos and playing video games...Your a disgrace, but I do thank you because of you I will always have job secuirty.

  • Dsc01726_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Hey i smell bacon ...................why are you on police link??????????? Why don't you get into LE and try and do the job that we LEO's do .....................better yet just keep your job as a door greeter at the local Wal Mart.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago


    Ha, all the people taping on their cellphones actually backfired on this girl. Plenty of evidence for a conviction, thank you stupid people.

  • Tony_thinking_max50


    about 4 years ago


    bacon, your brain is fried like the bacon that you are, your mind is screwed, you need to use common sense when posting here, as it is known, these kids were asking for trouble, jaywalking like they owned the streets & there were many reports of their stupidity & the officer was there to enforce the law & got into the mess he is in now, do you think it would have been different if the kids were struck by a vehicle ??? hmmmm damned if you do,damned if you don't !!! either way, good luck officer & the parents of those kids need to smack some common sense into those kids !!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago


    I'm just gonna say this before i call bacon an idiot and support Bernice:
    Why is it a special crime to hit women? Women hit men to! Though admittedly, in a very small amount compared to men on women...

    Are Women this defenseless?

    Ok back on track:
    Bacon you're a pig, and most likely a repeat offender for whatever potentially deadly and most likely stupid things you have done. Shut the hell up and get back to work.

    I support Bernice.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago


    I_SMELL_BACON: Obviously you are not a police officer. Well neither am I. But My father is , my grandfather is a retired police chief and my uncle is a retired police officer. Growing up watching them go out every day putting their lives on the line for crappy pay I learned to obey and do as I was told. When A police officer tells you to do something like let me see your ID, Freeze, Put your hands up, etc. and you dont you are disobeying a lawful command. The officer was clearly outnumbered and needed backup. But he was doing his job. Put yourself in his shoes. Your in a bad area of town trying to detain someone who is clearly resisting and someone comes up to you and shoves you. What would you do????? If you got shoved to the ground and are surrounded by a mob of people they could easly disarm you and kill you. I'm sick and tired of all these civil rights groups claiming the police are out to get them for one thing or another. If you didnt put yourself in the situation to get the polices attention then youd be fine. God Bless our Troops and Police officers.

  • Pig_police_cartoon_max50


    about 4 years ago


    This is a load of horse crap. That PIG punched that 17 year old GIRL in her face like she was a damn dude! I dont get it! Cops can do whatever they want as long as they HIDE BEHIND THAT BADGE. I smell BACON!!!!! PIG BOYS

  • Sps_badge_max50


    about 4 years ago


    It all comes down to one thing: domestic violence.

  • Iraq_016_max50


    about 4 years ago


    He had every right to punch that teen in the face. He was trying to arrest that other girl and this 17 year old started fighting with him. He was not in the wrong at all and everyone else who thinks he is is wrong.

  • Hernandez_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Waiting now for the justified Kick In The Ass video!!! Stay safe all...

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago


    I watched this video and want to share a situation that occurred last year so that people will understand there is a growing problem with teen violence in the Seattle area. There are a number of "girl gangs" as well as regular gangs in Seattle. Outside of my apt one evening, about 11:30pm, 3 young teen girls asked to use my cell to get a ride. I listened to them describe how they had just beaten up a young man of their age group (and smashed a window in his car) and were bragging about it. When they finished their conversation and gave me back my phone, the one who had been talking said, "Oh, just forget what we said - we were just joking about (what they had done)". I waited to see the cab pick them up and called the police to let them know of their conversation, which cab company they used and where they were going to meet their friend after the cab came and picked them up.
    The bottom line is that, regardless of what people do to each other, law enforcement officers are off limits when it comes to threats, pushing, assault, verbal abuse, etc. They are putting their lives on the line for the sake of the community and it is a crime to disobey a direct order from an officer.

  • Blue_light_le_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Good to see the dept. is backing the officer. Job well done sir.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago


    This story has had alot of press here in Seattle. The unusual thing is that a couple of polls show that 85% of the people polled side with the Officers actions. That is unusual for liberal Seattle. The Officer did what was necessary. The suspects did not comply, and they paid for it. End of story.

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