Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Video of Philly police beatings

Message: Philly PD ain't nothing to %@#$ with. Though fifteen officers have been taken off the street as a result of the videotape, this is unsettling to say the least.

From CNN:

An internal investigation is under way into the videotaped beatings of three men by several Philadelphia police officers, according to Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey.

The video, shot by WTXF-TV in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, shows at least a dozen police officers pulling the men -- who were suspected to have been involved in a shooting -- out of a car after a vehicle chase Monday night.

At least eight officers are seen either kicking, punching or striking the suspects with batons while the men lie restrained on the ground.

The atmosphere in Philadelphia is a perfect storm for this type of brutality. The murder rate and brazen criminal activity puts citizens on pins and needles. As a result we often support an unchecked police force. Add to that a slain police officer, Sgt. Stephen Liczbinsk, was shot and killed last weekend.

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