Two years ago, eight Philadelphia police officers drew national scrutiny when a news helicopter caught them kicking and beating three murder suspects.
Tonight, their comrades will toast them with free beer and munchies. The officers will be the guests of honor at a bash hosted by the Fraternal Order of Police celebrating their reinstatement.
“Our Guys Are BACK!” proclaims an FOP flyer inviting officers to the free happy-hour party at the FOP office, on Spring Garden Street near Broad.
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Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey fired Officers Patrick Gallagher, Vincent Strain, Patrick Whalen and Robert Donnelly, demoted Sgt. Joseph Schiavone and suspended Officers Jonathan Czapor, Demetrios Pittaoulis and Sean Bascom after a Fox 29 aerial news crew filmed them arresting Pete Hopkins, Dwayne Dyches and Brian Hall at 2nd and Pike streets after a long chase.
The video showed numerous cops kicking and punching the suspects while they were on the ground.
But a grand jury cleared the officers of criminal wrongdoing. A separate jury acquitted Hopkins, Dyches and Hall, who had been suspects in a North Philadelphia triple shooting.
WATCH CBS REPORT of the Philadelphia beating: