Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Philadelphia Police Brutality - Video Gets 15 Cops Fired
Fifteen Philadelphia police officers will be taken off the street as authorities investigate a video showing three suspects being kicked and beaten by city police.
The video was shot Monday night by WTXF-TV. It shows three police cars stopping a car on the side of a road. The tape shows about a dozen officers gathering around the vehicle and pulling three men out. About a half-dozen officers hold two of the men on the ground. Both are kicked repeatedly, with one of the two apparently struck with a baton. Punches were also thrown. The third man is also kicked and ends up on the ground.
"On the surface, it certainly does not look good in terms of the amount of force that was used. But we don't want to rush to judgment," Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said Tuesday.
"I just burst out and cried. I was appalled at it," said Shirley Hopkins, the mother of one suspect.
Hopkins said she can't understand why police used as much force as they did.
"I just can't believe that someone was being beaten like that by numerous officers -- constantly stomped, kicked and hit with blackjacks," she said.
And the mother of a second suspect said seeing what happened left her angry with the officers.
"I just can't express to you what I feel inside as a mother to see my son brutally beat like that," said Leomia Dyches.