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Philadelphia to pay $ 2 million to black woman beaten by officers, separated from toddler during unrest

The city of Philadelphia will pay $ 2 million to a black woman who was pulled out of a car, beaten by police officers and whose toddler was used to feed social media by the police union, officials said. responsible.

Nursing aide Rickia Young was driving home in the wee hours of October 27, 2020, when she unknowingly led to a large protest against the police murder of Walter Wallace Jr.

She tried to make a three-point turn away from the tense scene when police smashed her windows with their batons, her lawyers said.

Rickia Young, 28, from north Philadelphia.Tyger Williams / The Philadelphia Investigator

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney called Young’s treatment “absolutely appalling” and “inexcusable.”

“This terrible incident, which should never have happened to anyone, has only worsened relations between the” police and the community, “Kenney said in a statement.

“The officers’ inexcusable actions that evening led to an immediate and thorough investigation of the incident and that the personnel were disciplined and held accountable for their blatant conduct. I hope the regulations and investigations into the actions officers will provide some closure to Ms. Young and her family. “

Young was handcuffed and separated from her teenage nephew and 2-year-old son for several hours, and no one has ever been charged or summoned, according to the woman’s lawyer. The hearing-impaired toddler lost his hearing aids during the fight.

The Fraternal Order of the Police, the nation’s largest police union, posted a photo to Facebook two days later showing Young’s toddler in the arms of a Philadelphia officer right after the incident.

“This child was lost in the violent riots in Philadelphia, wandering barefoot in an area of ​​lawlessness,” the union said on Facebook. “The only thing that Philadelphia police officer cared about at the time was protecting this child.”

This post was subsequently deleted.

Two Philadelphia police officers, an officer and a sergeant, have since been fired in connection with Young’s treatment, a city spokesperson said.

“The behavior that occurred during the interaction between Rickia Young, her nephew, her son and some of the police officers at the scene violated the mission of the Philadelphia Police Department,” Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said in a statement.

“In fact, the ability of the officers and supervisors on site to defuse the situation was abandoned, and instead of tackling crime and the fear of crime, some of the officers on the scene created an environment that terrorized Rickia Young,” his family and other members of the public.

Representatives of the National Order of Fraternal Police and FOP Lodge 5, which represents officers in Philadelphia, did not immediately return messages seeking comment on Tuesday.