A police union claimed that the Philadelphia police rescued a “child who was missing in a violent riot,” but only to eliminate the argument that critics criticized the statement as “propaganda” on Friday.
A video recorded earlier on Tuesday captured an SUV surrounded by Philadelphia police that appeared to be moving away from the protests, then smashed windows and forcibly removed a woman and baby from the vehicle.
The woman’s lawyer said it was her child who appeared in the police union photo.
The conflict started in the 5200 block of Chestnut Street, when the off-road vehicle was seen driving towards a large number of officials and demonstrators to protest the police killing of Walter Wallace Jr. (Walter Wallace Jr.).
According to one of her lawyers, Thomas (Thomas), the driver was 28-year-old nursing assistant Rickia Young who was obeying the police’s order to leave the area when the police officer smashed her window with a baton and was in a three-point turn. intermediate. Fitzpatrick.
Fitzpatrick told NBC News on Friday: “In this case, we think the police are completely out of control and attacked her vehicle without any provocation.”
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw told reporters on Friday that the incident is now being reviewed by the Department of Internal Affairs of the U.S. Department of the Interior and an official has been “restricted from investigation pending the outcome of the investigation.”
“I still don’t know all the details, but after watching the video, I will tell you that what I see is very worrying,” Outlaw added. “But I am very cautious about what I say, because I don’t know all the circumstances surrounding it.”
Fitzpatrick said Yang was handcuffed and separated from her 16-year-old nephew and 2-year-old son for several hours. No one was charged or extradited.
Fitzpatrick added that the hearing-impaired child lost his hearing aid during the argument, and the police had not returned the vehicle to Young by Friday morning.
The nation’s largest police union, the “Brotherhood Police,” posted a Facebook picture in the early hours of Thursday morning, showing that Young’s 2-year-old was in the arms of the Philadelphia police after the incident.
The union said on Facebook: “This child disappeared during the violent riots in Philadelphia and wandered barefoot in a completely lawless area.” “At that time, the only concern of the Philadelphia police was to protect this child.”
Fitzpatrick called the position “propaganda” and said that the child was not harmed until the police prevented the buggy from leaving. The union’s post was later deleted, but it can still be found through Google’s web cache.
Fitzpatrick said: “This is a kid who was properly secured in the back seat, and then the police started beating the car.”
The National Police Association admitted in a statement on Friday that it “posted photos of Philadelphia police officers with children” and described the situation as “a scene of civil unrest.”
The union statement continued: “The national police subsequently learned of the contradiction in the situation. In this case, the police assisted the child and immediately took down the photo and caption.”
The Philadelphia congresswoman Jamie Gauthier, who represented the place where the incident occurred, condemned the police actions and the union’s original statement.
Gauthier said in a statement to NBC News: “The child was probably traumatized and the incident was used as a publicity by the national FOP.” Frankly, the whole situation is shocking. “
Congresswoman Gauthier said the officials were out of touch.
Gauthier said: “What we saw in this video is very disturbing. I can’t imagine any situation that fits this situation.”
Ali Costanian Contributed.