Helicopter Video Shows Philadelphia Police Out Of Control:
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.
Ramsey said that an Internal Affairs investigation is under way. He expressed concern for the mental well-being of the entire force, which is still reeling in the wake of Sgt. Stephen Liczbinski's slaying last weekend.
I can understand why these officers are on edge and I almost always side with police in situations like this. Being a police officer is dangerous at times and I imagine that some of these officers weren't just angry, they were scared. It's hard to make that case when you're watching them pummel these men with batons, kicks and punches.
They clearly went overboard here but will they be punished?