Abuse of Authority

*WATCH* Police beatdown in Philly

“Someone was arrested for resisting arrest.” -Police spokeswoman

Courtesy of Philly.com

A short video has emerged of an unarmed man being punched by SEPTA police officers. A witness claims it began when police ordered the man to put a shirt on. Troy Moorer, a friend of the victim, claims the officers jumped his friend and initiated the beating.

One witness said it started when one of four friends confronted by police was ordered to put his shirt on. Troy Moorer, of West Philadelphia, who is friends with the man seen punched in the short video posted to Youtube, said the officers “jumped” his friend and initiated the confrontation.

“The cop yells over [from the opposite platform] and then automatically runs over and onto the other side, on our platform. [Mikey] says, ‘OK, leave me alone. I put my shirt on.’ And he started to walk away. He wasn’t resisting.”

“A large crowd rolled into the station,” SEPTA spokeswoman Jerri Williams said. “Whoever took the video, that’s what they put up. But it doesn’t tell the whole story. I don’t know what the whole story is, but I can tell you someone was arrested for resisting arrest.”

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