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Philadelphia police beating restrained suspects: video

9 May 2008 by Mike Gogulski
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Once upon a time, the drill was “Put your hands where we can see them. Open the door slowly. Step out of the car. Turn around and place your hands on the car.” Don’t worry though, of course it’s not police brutality. I mean, if these guys weren’t guilty, they wouldn’t have been suspects, right? You decide…

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

PHILADELPHIA — Fifteen police officers were taken off the street as authorities investigate a video showing three suspects being kicked, punched and beaten after they were pulled out of a car during a traffic stop.

“At a glance it does appear to be a bit beyond the pale,” Doug Oliver, a spokesman for Mayor Michael Nutter, said Wednesday. “Officers are not allowed to operate outside of the law.”

[...]

The video, shot by a WTXF-TV helicopter, shows three police cars stopping a car on the side of a road. About a dozen officers gather around the vehicle and pull three men out. About a half-dozen officers hold two of the men on the ground on the driver’s side. Both are kicked repeatedly, while one is seen being punched; one also appears to be struck with a baton.

On the other side of the car, another group of officers can be seen kicking a third man who ends up on the ground.

From the Philadelphia Daily News:

POLICE COMMISSIONER Charles H. Ramsey yesterday asked Philadelphians not “to rush to judgment” when watching a video showing baton-wielding cops repeatedly striking, kicking and stomping three young men whom they had stopped after a triple shooting in Hunting Park.

“On the surface, it certainly does not look good in terms of the amount of force that was used,” Ramsey said during a news conference with Mayor Nutter at police headquarters.

(hat tip to Reel Pop)

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