“This is life-changing money for Riccia and her family,” said a lawyer for Riccia Young. “But what she went through was equally life-changing.”
The city of Philadelphia has agreed to pay $2 million to a young black mother after police officers smashed the windows of a sport utility vehicle, kicked her out and beat her when she inadvertently threw herself into a police barricade. found, the woman’s lawyers said on Tuesday.
Kevin Mincy, one of Ms Young’s lawyers, said the encounter took place when the woman, Rickia Young, was in the presence of her child and the 16-year-old son of a family friend, who were also in the vehicle.
“This is life-changing money for Riccia and her family,” Mr Mincy said of the agreement in an interview. “But what she went through was equally life-changing.”
The episode took place amid protests following the October 27, 2020 fatal shooting of Walter Wallace Jr., a 27-year-old black man who police said was armed with a knife.
Hours after the assassination of Mr Wallace on 26 October, a cellphone video Taken by a bystander, an SUV shows up at the police barricade, and officers immediately surround the vehicle. Ms Young, her lawyer says, was not part of the protest, but picked up the teenager, who was trapped in West Philadelphia and “feared by the growing tension between the police and those protesting Mr Wallace’s murder.”
When he began his way back home, lawyers said, he found himself in the midst of a large group of protesters and police officers on a blocked Chestnut Street. His lawyers said he tried to make a U-turn, but had to stop to avoid hitting the protesters, who started fleeing from his vehicle.
“Suddenly and without warning,” Riley Ross, another attorney for Ms. Young, told a news conference on Tuesday, “a pack of Philadelphia police officers wearing riot gear and wielding batons landed on the car, driving the vehicle. The officers then violently pushed Ms. Young and her nephew out of the vehicle and physically beat them and them on the street, causing serious injuries.
She was bruised and her face covered in blood, Mr Mincy said, adding that she had emotional distress, which was noted by everyone at the disposal.
Ms. Young’s lawyers also said that the legislative liaison for the National Fraternal Order of Police, in a later deleted post, shared a photo of a police officer moments after Ms. Young’s child was apprehended, showing that For that the police were protecting a child. Wandering between riots from loss.
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Daniel Outlaw said in a statement Tuesday that the behavior of some of the police officers involved in the encounter with Ms. Young “violated the mission of the Philadelphia Police Department.”
“Indeed, the ability of officers and supervisors to diffuse the situation was abandoned,” Ms Outlaw said, “and instead of fighting crime and fearing crime, some officers at the scene created an environment that allowed Riccia Young, terrorized his family and other members of the public.
A city spokesman said following an internal affairs investigation, two officers have been dismissed and 14 are awaiting disciplinary action through the department’s police board of inquiry.
A phone message left to the local chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police, representing officers involved in the case, did not immediately respond on Tuesday night.
Mayor Jim Kenney said in a statement that Ms Young and those experienced with her were “absolutely appalled”.
“This horrific incident, which should never have happened to anyone, further strained relations between the police department and our communities,” he said. “The unforgivable actions of the officers that evening prompted an immediate and thorough investigation into the incident and the personnel were disciplined and held accountable for their abhorrent conduct.”
“I hope that the compromise and investigation into the officers’ actions will put Ms. Young and her family to some extent,” he said.
Ms. Young, 29, and her lawyer also want to file criminal charges against the police officers involved.
“It’s clear criminal conduct – there’s no question about it,” Mr. Mincy said.
Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner said Tuesday night: “It would be inappropriate for us under the law to comment on whether an investigation exists at this time. Later, we have more to say.” Something will happen.”
Simply speaking, Krasner said cases like Ms Young were complicated because they were chaotic and it could be difficult to determine which officers were responsible for what tasks, especially when they were all dressed in the same clothes. .
“When you’re dealing with that scenario and you have grainy cellphone footage that’s not capturing the things you want to capture in a criminal investigation,” he said, “that’s another difficulty.”