Teen Punched By Police Apologizes

SEATTLE (AP) - A Seattle teen shown on video shoving a police
officer who then punched her in the face has apologized to the
officer in a private meeting.

Seattle police say Officer Ian Walsh accepted the apology
Friday.

Separately, the King County prosecutor charged the 17-year-old
girl as a juvenile with third-degree assault, which is punishable
by a maximum 30 days in detention.

The incident happened Monday as the teen was intervening in a
friend's arrest for jaywalking. James Kelly of the Urban League of
Seattle says he requested Friday's meeting between the teen and the
officer at a community center to help calm the situation.

Police have said the department's civilian-led Office of
Professional Accountability is investigating the 39-year-old
officer's actions.


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