We have another case of police officers brutally beating a Black male. This time it has happened in the city of “Brotherly Love.”
Four Philadelphia police officers are on desk duty, after savagely beating 18-year-old Marcus Warryton last week. The incident took place when Warryton was stopped for allegedly running a stop sign, NBC 10 Philadelphia reports. The violent arrest was captured on cellphone video.
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In the video, two police officers have Warryton pressed against a police vehicle. Warryton seems to be struggling with the two cops, and then one of them hits Warryton with his hand. Soon after, two other cops come to their aide and begin beating Warryton. Several baton shots send Warryton to the ground, but the officers, who are in full control of the situation at this point, continue to beat on the teen.
One of the officers strikes the young man in the head so hard that a blood splatter shoots to the ground. “Hey, yo, he’s bleeding,” someone outside of the camera’s view yells at the officers who still continue their savage beating of the young man who is clearly not resisting at this point.
“You split his f***king head,” the same voice shouts.
WATCH PHILLY COPS SEVERELY BEAT MARCUS WARRYTON
Afterward, blood covers the pavement where the young man is being beaten. The beating, which began in the middle of the street, moves toward the street curb, where officers ask Warryton to roll over on his stomach. Warryton is slow to respond.
And for good reason.
The young man is clearly dazed and unable to react, after receiving multiple baton shots to the head. Unfortunately, his slow reaction causes the cops to continue beating him for disobedience. Once the young man is completely on the ground, though, one of the officers places his foot on Warryton’s head.
While this is clearly a case of police brutality, Philly’s top cop, who is Black, doesn’t agree.
“I think the video clearly shows he was resisting arrest,” said Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey.
Commissioner Ramsey claims he’s reviewed two different cell phone videos of the incident.
“Our officers have the ability and the right to use force to overcome that,” said Commissioner Ramsey. “The question is always how much is too much.”
If you see the video, it is clear that the officers used too much force. It is disturbing that four officers — FOUR OF THEM — could not come up with non-brutal ways of restraining Warryton.
The police behaved not like professionally trained law enforcement officials, but like animals hellbent on conquering their kill.
In fact, it is surprising that the young man is still alive.
Warryton’s family says Warryton is still in jail on $150,000 bond. He has been also charged with assault, resisting arrest, and other offenses. His attorney is trying to get him released.
According to his family, Warryton was beaten so severely that he has staples in his head. And to think, all of this started after a simple traffic stop. Let us hope that none of us are driving in Philadelphia and stopped for a simple traffic violation.
One would need to be wearing a seat belt as well as a helmet.
But Warryton’s savage beating by cops in Philadelphia is not an isolated incident. As of August of 2011, the U.S. Justice Department is reviewing 20 police departments nationwide — the most in U.S. history — for a number of violations, including abuse of power. The Justice Department recently met with New York City officials over complaints that the city’s controversial policing program “stop and frisk” gives cops the power to further abuse their power — not stop crime.
I am sure police officers are very aware of accusations of brutality, but they continue to squeeze the trigger and swing the baton at will because they know the “Blue Shield” will always protect them.
But the question we all need to ask ourselves is this: Where is our shield to protect us from the cops?