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Philadelphia Police account of passersby filming rape on train was not true

Thomas J. Nestel III of SEPTA said last week that “people were holding their phones towards this woman who was being attacked.”

A disturbing story about a woman raped on a Philadelphia suburban train while other passengers filmed the incident is disproved.

As previously stated by leGrio and other national and international news organizations, Police Chief of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority Thomas J. Nestel III said at a press conference last Monday that “people were holding their phones in the direction of this woman who was being assaulted.”

A recent statement about the rape of a woman on a SEPTA train in Philadelphia while other passengers watched and filmed the crime is refuted. (Photo: William Thomas Cain / Getty Images)

“We want everyone to be angry, disgusted and join us in being determined to keep our system secure,” he added. “We need the public to warn us when they see something that looks unusual.”

Another police commissioner, Timothée bernhardt from Upper Darby, also said last week: “It’s worrying that there are definitely people on El, and that no one has done anything to intervene or help this woman. It indicates where we are in society; I mean, who would allow something like this to happen?

Apparently no one. In a new opinion piece for Philadelphia cream magazine, journalist Ernest owens – also a contributor to theGrio – writes “Police are lying about SEPTA runners filming rape show yet again, why we can’t trust them.

“There is an account that people sat there on the El train and watched it unfold and took videos of it for their own satisfaction,” the Delaware County District Attorney said. Jack stollsteiner said at a press conference last Thursday about the incident, according to Owens’ report. “It’s just not true. This does not happen. We have a security video from SEPTA which shows this is not the real story. “

Owens notes that the district attorney said there were not many passengers on the night train, and that many who saw the attack were in and out of the train and may not have not understood what was going on.

“It’s the El, guys,” Stollsteimer said. “We all rode it. People get on and off at every stop. This doesn’t mean that when they get along and see people interacting, they know a rape is happening.

He added that two people may have recorded video of the attack on their cellphones, and one of them alerted the transport authority.

According to a report by NBC 10 Philadelphia, Stollsteimer calls on those who may have witnessed the assault to come forward, noting that some may not have done so for fear of prosecution; however, it is not illegal to avoid intervening when witnessing a crime in Pennsylvania.

He felt that “the people of this region are not, in my experience, so inhuman” that they would film a rape “for their own private pleasure”.

In his Philadelphia cream piece, however, Owens postulates that it is not only the fact that the police “lied” about the first reports of the recorded incidents, but that they “misinterpreted a group of people who could now be potential witnesses to the incident. help the victim obtain justice. “

“With the ongoing reports of racial bias, sexism and discrimination from police departments across the country, we should no longer take them blindly at their word,” Owens writes. “The police are a people, and people lie – they are no exception.”

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