As usual, it's the comments following the article that really make me puke in my mouth. I notice that many of them are removed by the administrators, and pretty much all the ones that are left are pro-cop/pro-authoritarian. The thing most people question is, 'did the cop have the right to punch the girl,' rather than the more basic question; 'did the girl have the right to risk/manage her own well-being the first place.' So she "jay-walked." And then a cop began harassing her about it. Where do his rights come from, and where do hers? This gets into some of that anarchist philosophy, regarding community, individual autonomy, compassion, and personal responsibility. If you're a statist zombie, then sure, the cop was justified. If you're someone who is still idealistic enough (or foolish, or immature, according to most of my "friends") to believe that humans can form healthy communities without a gun pointed at their heads, then this cop has to go.