A witness video of a police officer punching a young woman during a jaywalking incident escalated has been stirring up controversy after it was shown on several television stations.

On the tape the officer is seen trying to detain one of the women when another shoves him. He has said that he believed she was trying to help her friend escape, and that both women were verbally abusive, but whether that justifies the straight punch to the face he delivers to the woman is questionable.