May 20, 2008
Philadelphia Cops Caught on Video Beating Suspects
(FinalCall.com) - State
Representative Ronald G. Waters of Philadelphia was disturbed by vivid video
images captured by the city Fox television news affiliate. A swarming pack of
White officers descended upon three Black men, yanked them from a vehicle, and
kicked and beat them with fists and nightsticks for minutes without any apparent
resistance from the suspects.
A review of an enhanced aerial video of the beating enabled investigators to
initially identify 13 Philadelphia police officers that were involved. All of
the officers have been removed from street duty while the case is investigated.
“I don’t want to see the streets of Philadelphia turn into a war zone,” said
State Rep. Waters. “I (also) don’t think that arming the police officers with
(high powered weapons) is necessary for them to go after the criminals,” he told
The Final Call. Mr. Waters presides over a predominately Black district that has
few jobs, failing education and areas of high crime and violence.
The videotaped beating that captured the Black lawmaker’s and the nation’s
attention again raised questions of excessive force and brutality. Another
concern was the growing militarization of police departments.
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