Tuesday, May 20, 2008

4 of the 15 Philadelphia Officers Caught On Tape Beating 3 Men At A Traffic Stop Are Fired

Four Philadelphia police officers were fired and four others demoted or suspended after a video showed them beating three suspects after a drug-related shooting, the city’s police chief said on Monday. The eight officers were among 18 who surrounded a car in North Philadelphia on May 5 after a shooting between two groups of men during police surveillance of a suspected drug-dealing operation. Some of the officers were seen in a 67-second video dragging the suspects out of the car and kicking and punching them while they lay on the ground. The incident, captured by a television news helicopter, came two days after the murder of a police sergeant during a robbery, the third Philadelphia officer killed in the line of duty in the past two years

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