A Viral video containing recordings of an evening of raucous protests in Philadelphia shows baton-wielding cops smashing a car’s windows, yanking the driver out and removing a child from the backseat.
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the edited 37-second clip posted to Twitter, recorded just before 2 a.m. Tuesday begins with a minimum of a dozen people running down a street before dozens of uniformed cops.
The Inquirer, which obtained a two-minute video of the incident, reported that crowds of individuals were throwing objects at the officers.
The cops then approach an SUV within the middle of the road , surround it, smash a number of its windows out and pull the driving force and a passenger from the car, the video shows.
As cops wrestle the driving force and passenger to the bottom , the video shows another officer emerging from the vehicle with a toddler who was within the backseat.
“They wreck all the windows therein jawn. Was there kids in there? Somebody just hopped out with a baby! Come on,” the one that captured the footage is heard saying.
Aapril Rice, a 30-year-old who works in digital media, recorded the clip from her rooftop, and told the Inquirer that witnessing the kid being removed was “the most traumatic part on behalf of me .”
When pressed about the incident at a news briefing on Wednesday, Philadelphia commissioner Danielle Outlaw said she wasn’t conversant in it.
The spokesperson for the Philadelphia local department, Miguel Torres, said on Thursday during a statement that the incident is currently being investigated by the Internal Affairs Division.
Rice confirmed that she recorded the video, but declined to comment further.