Officer cleared in jaywalking punch

Officer cleared in jaywalking punch
SEATTLE -- The Seattle police officer who punched a 17-year-old girl during the jaywalking stop been cleared of all wrongdoings.

An internal investigation by the Seattle Police Department concluded Ian Walsh's use of force during the June 14 incident was within the scope of department policies and procedures. Seattle Police Chief John Diaz is in agreement with the findings of the investigation.

Walsh punched Angel Rosenthal after having stopped her friend for jaywalking in the 3100 block of Martin Luther King, Jr. Way S.

Police said 19-year-old Marilyn Levias resisted when Walsh tried to place handcuffs on her. Officials said Rosenthal intervened and placed her hands on Walsh's arm, "causing the officer to believe she was attempting to physically affect the first subject's escape," police said.

Walsh pushed Rosenthal, but she came back at him, police said. Walsh then punched her, police said. The incident was captured on video.

Rosenthal, who pleaded guilty to third-degree assault, has since apologized to Walsh, who accepted her apology.

"(Walsh) did not have to do this," said Diaz. "But he felt it was an important first step in the beginning of the healing process."

Levias was charged with obstructing an officer, and has pleaded not guilty.

Both teens were cited for jaywalking.

Editor's Note: KOMO News typically does not name juveniles charged with a crime, but has made an exception in this case since Angel's name has been released by the Seattle Police Department and multiple media outlets.