Philly Fires 4 Cops Involved in Taped Beating

Commissioner makes call after reviewing video
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted May 19, 2008 1:37 PM CDT
This photo provided by the Philadelphia Police Department on Wednesday, May 7, 2008 shows Brian Hall.   (AP Photo/ Philadelphia Police Department)
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(Newser) – The Philadelphia police fired four officers today, 2 weeks after they were videotaped taking part in the beating of three black suspects, the Inquirer reports. Nineteen cops were involved in apprehending the men, who were pulled from a car as a news helicopter filmed. A sergeant was demoted and three other officers may be suspended; the remaining 10 city officers and a transit cop won't be disciplined.

The unusually quick action "represents our effort to ensure that officers—and more importantly citizens—understand the engagement they should expect out on the street," Mayor Michael Nutter said.