Philly Cops Suspended in Beating
May 8, 2008, 12:04 am
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From Denver Post:

A sergeant and five officers were pulled from street duty Wednesday as city officials investigated television footage showing police kicking and punching three suspects during a traffic stop.

More than a dozen officers were involved, but Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said investigators were having the videotape enhanced to determine how many of them were hitting suspects.

Results will go to prosecutors to determine whether charges are warranted.

“We certainly are concerned about what we saw on the tape,” Ramsey said at a news conference. “The behavior that at least was exhibited on the tape is unacceptable.”

Police stopped the suspects’ car while investigating a triple shooting Monday night. No weapons were found in the car or on the suspects, Ramsey said, but officers said they had seen them shoot three people on a drug corner moments earlier.

The WTXF-TV video, shot from a helicopter, showed police hauling three men from a car, then kicking and hitting them repeatedly.

The suspects, Dwayne Dyches, Brian Hall and Pete Hopkins, were each charged with attempted murder in the shooting, police said.

“I’m horrified to see that our city cops would beat some human being like they did, like a gang-style fight,” Leomia Dyches said, a suspect’s mother.


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