Students rioting at the University of Arizona following the Wildcats’ Elite 8 loss produced an ugly scene over the weekend – none uglier than this video of what appears to be a (presumed) innocent girl getting rocked by a police officer. Fast forward to approximately the 23-second mark and you can see a cop come out of nowhere to blindside the unsuspecting student.
According to the individual who took the video (via Arizona Daily Star), “These girls had been trying to get to their car. The girl is on her phone not paying attention and this cop came out of nowhere and just leveled her. After that everyone just started yelling and she started crying.”
The video obviously happens in media res, but after watching it repeatedly, it doesn’t appear that the girl was a threat in any way. If that’s the case, this officer can expect severe repercussions. Moments like this break the trust between the civilian population and those in charge of upholding the law. It’s an unftortunate and unacceptable situation.