Philadelphia transit officers are being investigated after a cell phone video surfaced that clearly shows them beating a father, holding a crying baby. The police beating was all over a $2.25 transit fare.
The cops were assigned to the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority. Those officers were caught on video pushing and beating an African American man who was very clearly holding a baby which was crying.
According to local WPVI, the SEPTA officials have released a statement that the officers are being investigated as a result of this video.
SEPTA says that they are also reviewing policies related to police engagement of passengers suspected of not paying fare.
While they have not explicitly denounced the officers’ actions, that seems to be the implication in the statement.
In the now viral video, we can see three transit police approach the seated man who is clearly holding a small child.
After being violently handcuffed, he is shoved against the wall, with the baby still in his arms. Both are bashed against the wall by the officers.
Bystanders are recorded trying to intervene as well as pleading with officers to stop the violence.
“He still has his daughter in his hands!” one of the passengers can be heard yelling.
SEPTA Police Chief Tom Nestel says “I never want a child’s safety being jeopardized. This is the type of incident that causes us to reflect on what we tell our police officers and how we tell them.”
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(Article by Jackson Marciana and Reagan Ali)