Pittsburgh cop punches teen at gay pride march


punches1Video of a teen being grabbed by the neck and punched by a cop has sparked outrage in Pittsburgh--not least because she was apparently arrested while arguing with an anti-gay activist protesting the city's PrideFest.

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto says he has launched an investigation into the incident and promised that "we won't look the other way," according to WPXI.

The footage, posted to Facebook Sunday afternoon, shows the officer grabbing the girl by the hair, trying to pull her to the ground and delivering several blows to her head and body as she continued to resist.

Ariel Lawther, 19, was charged with resisting arrest and released on $5,000 bond. According to a criminal complaint, the reporting officer "got pushed and kicked" while trying to break up the dispute between Lawther and another person, and "pulled the woman out and grabbed her hair and punched her in the stomach a few times."

The officer, who was not named, is on desk duty pending the result of the city's investigation. According to The Gaily Grind, eyewitnesses report that the girl did not assault the officer before he grabbed her.

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  1. Did they "open an investigation" before arresting the girl? No, she went straight to jail, and that's where the cop should be until and unless he's found not guilty by a jury of his peers.

    And his partner should be right beside him as an accessory for failing to slap cuffs on him immediately.

  2. pulled the woman out and grabbed her hair and punched her in the stomach a few times

    His parents must be so proud of him.

  3. I pray for a future in which we can sum up our opinions of this event in a single unicode character...

    "Reversed Hand With Middle Finger Extended."

  4. Shuck says:

    Only being charged with "resisting arrest" always suggests that they were only "arrested for resisting arrest," a sort of absurd legal tautology, but also horrifically functions as a euphemism for "assaulting police officer's fist with one's face." How often is someone charged with only that, and it's actually legitimate and warranted?

  5. You know how you get double the punishment for speeding in a construction zone?

    Cops should face double the penalties for civil rights abuses.

    What's the equivalent phrase for "war criminal?"

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