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Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Philly Police Throw Kicks, Punches

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?


Peeved Guy said...

Clearly the cops were upset that Hillary lost North Carolina and stopped the first groups of African-Americans they saw to vent their frustrations. Because, according to the young mens parents, they were on their way home from a prayer vigil, not returning from attempting to murder three people.


Some of my favorite quotes from the article:

Says the defense attorney: "...police officers who engaged in behavior that is indicative of guerrilla-warfare tactics that we would see in Iraq before we liberated that country."

Does the word hyperbole mean anything to you Mr. Perrine?

The aunt of one of the guys in the car:
"Brian is not like that," she said. "I guess anything is possible, but I know what we instilled in Brian, and I know Brian has morals. There are three sides to every story - there's your side, their side, and then there's the truth."


Shawn Wasson said...

Ha! I liked the guy who made sure he got a solid punch in on each on of the perps... what an ass.