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The City of Philadelphia agreed to pay $ 2 million in compensation to Rickia Young, a 28-year-old African-American mother who was pulled from her vehicle, beaten by police and separated from her baby. in October 2020, amidst the race riots that the city lived.
“She still dealing with trauma, despite the fact that almost a year has passed, “he told ABC News his attorney, Kevin Mincey. “She is also dealing with the trauma that her son exhibits.”
Ironically the incident occurred during protests against police brutality after the shooting that killed Walter Wallace Jr. and that they also produced violent looting in Philadelphia and New York.
Young, her 2-year-old son, and her teenage nephew were driving through West Philadelphia on October 27, 2020, when they encountered protesters blocking the street in a clash with police. The officers ordered Young to turn around, but when she began to turn the car she allegedly paused to do not hit the protesters who passed by.
The victim’s attorneys said that the officers then robbed his vehicle, smashed the windows and then they opened the door, took Young and the 16-year-old out of their seats and started beating them. Young she was detained by the police and her 2-year-old son was taken from her. The unidentified teenager is not part of the $ 2 million settlement.
Young also denounced that the National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) used a photo of her baby after it was taken from her during the incident and posted on social media to promote pro-uniformed messages. FOP National Spokesperson Jessica Cahill told Associated Press That post was quickly removed when they found out the real story behind the photo.
“I will never forget what those officers did to us that night,” Young said at a news conference Tuesday. “I hope the responsible police officers never again have the opportunity to do something like that to someone else.”
Young suffered from swelling in his face and body, as well as inflammation in his windpipe, according to his attorneys. The beating was caught on a cell phone camera and went viral online.
“The behavior that occurred during the interaction between Rickia Young, his nephew, his son, and some of the officers at the scene violated the mission of the Philadelphia Police Department,” Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said in a statement.
Two officers were fired in connection with the incident and there are 14 other department members awaiting disciplinary hearings as a result of an internal investigation into the case, according to Philadelphia’s Democratic Mayor Jim Kenney’s office.