In class on Monday, February fifth, we discussed a viral video of a young woman being physically forced off a train by a police officer for not taking her feet off one of the chairs. Personally, I think the girl should not have refused the cop’s orders. It is disrespectful to put your feet up on a chair on a train to begin with and if a person, a police officer of all people, comes up to you and says to get your feet off the chair, you should do it. If that were me being approached by the officer I know would have because, well, the dude has a gun. Though, the cop is also in the wrong because of how he treated the young lady. He physically forces her off the train and arrests her and calls for backup. A woman comes to her aid and this woman ends up getting arrested also. In the video there’s about five cops altogether who take away these two women. It wasn’t necessary to call for backup. It wasn’t even necessary to arrest these women. Though, the young girl in the video does continue to run her mouth at the police officer after he gets physical with her. Honestly, she should have been calmer after she was treated so roughly. Though, maybe if she just had taken her feet off the chair none of this would have been. With cops today, it seems like it is better just to be calm, quiet and respectful to officers because you never know if the cop is going to abuse their power. I remember witnessing police brutality once in White Plains over a year ago where a woman was thrown to the ground. From what I remember, these two cops were arresting a man and there was a woman next to the cops who knew the man and she kept talking to them and the officers yelled at her to shut up, but she kept talking. Both officers threw her to the ground and cuffed her just for talking. She wasn’t being malicious or anything. Sometimes it is better for people to be calm and respectful to officers, but the respect should be mutual.