Rev Al Says Philly Beating Was ‘Worst Than Rodney King’

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After speaking with the mother of one of the victims of the televised Philly cop-beating, the Reverend Al Sharpton said the display of unjust excessive police force was “worse than Rodney King,” prompting an immediate response from the black police chief who warned against “outsiders fanning the flames…from afar.” After reeling off of highly publicized protests on Wednesday in response to the Sean Bell verdict and a meeting with NY Governor Paterson on Thursday the Reverend interviewed the mother of the Philly victim on his radio show.

“I’ve not seen anything like that since Rodney King, and it’s worse than Rodney King, and we cannot allow our community to be under siege,” Sharpton said. “We’ve got to stop this nonsense in our community, acting like you got to be a certain level black to be treated within the law.”

Leomia Dyches, the mother of suspect Dwayne Dyches, said she unable to see her son in the hospital. The police chief responded that her son was under arrest and a suspect in an attempt murder for which all three suspects are being held in lieu of bail of $100,000.
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Rodney King Pt.2? Philly Officers Pulled Off Duty After Videotaped Beating of Suspects

After footage of nearly a dozen Philly officers kicking and punching three passengers was televised the City announced six officers, including a sergeant were being removed from street duty pending an investigation as to whether excessive force was used.

“We certainly are concerned about what we saw on the tape,” Ramsey said at a news conference. “The behavior that at least was exhibited on the tape is unacceptable.”

With the nation on edge after the unjust acquittal of the officers in the Sean Bell murder live footage of police using excessive force to engage “suspects,” in particular black men has left people extremely uneasy. The other side of the coin finds Philly officers uneasy about the murder of Officer Stephen Liczbinski on Saturday. A suspect was arrested in that murder, another was killed and police are looking for a third suspect. The police commissioner reminded his force that they still are to operate under the mandates of conduct expected by law-abiding officers.

We do expect them to maintain a level of conduct on the street that is beyond reproach,” the commissioner said. “The sergeant should have taken some kind of action to intervene.”

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