Cellphone Video Shows Four Cops Beating Philly Motorist Charged with Aggravated Assault and Resisting Arrest
by Ed Krayewski
The video below purports to show what happens after two Philadelphia cops stop a motorist for allegedly ramming into a pole and driving off last week. Backup shows up about two minutes in, and then it's four of the city of brothelry love's finest subduing Marcus Warryton, the "suspect" (who does not appear to be charged in connection with the traffic violation). The Philadelphia Daily News reports, by way of an update that all but one officer (the one who "struck" Warryton) are back on patrol:
During the struggle, police said, two officers suffered cuts and bruises, and another injured his neck.
At one point, Warryton allegedly reached for one officer's handgun, police said.
Warryton needed seven staples to close gashes on his head. He was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault and resisting arrest.
Warryton's family said publicly that they believed that he was the victim of police brutality.
Presumably the portions of the police narrative that aren't on tape happened at some point before (and probably not after) the video. An Internal Affairs investigation was opened and in another Daily News article that asked whether cops used too much force in the arrest, a police spokesman admits there are some "training issues" apparent from the incident:
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