A black woman is to be paid $ 2 million (£ 1.45 million) after being dragged out of a car, beaten by a police officer, and separated from her two-year-old son who is deaf.
Working as a nursing assistant, Rikia Young returned home early October 27, 2020 in Philadelphia with her two-year-old son and teenage nephew.
But she unknowingly drove to the scene of the protest Police killing Walter Wallace Jr., And tried a 3-point turn to escape immediately.
Her lawyer claimed that a policeman broke her window with a baton before she ran away by car.
Ms. Young was then handcuffed and separated from her family for hours, but her hearing-impaired son lost his hearing aid during the struggle.
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney added that he hoped that payments from the city would bring “some closure” to his family, after describing the case as “absolutely horrifying.”
He states: “This horrific incident shouldn’t have happened to anyone, but it only strained the relationship between police and the community.
“The unforgivable behavior of police officers that night prompted immediate and thorough investigation of the case, disciplinary action and liability for their malicious conduct.
“We hope that the settlement and investigation of executive behavior will bring some closure to Young and her family.”
The incident quickly became viral when the Fraternal Order of Police, the largest police union in the United States, also posted a photo on Facebook two days after the incident.
The photo shows Young’s toddler carrying a Philadelphia police officer.
The union added that officers are “trying to protect their children” in a post that is currently being deleted.
According to the post, “The child was lost during a violent riot in Philadelphia and wandered barefoot in an area experiencing complete lawlessness.
“The only thing this Philadelphia police officer cares about at that moment was to protect this child.”
Two Philadelphia police officers and sergeants have been fired in connection with Ms. Young’s treatment, according to a city spokesperson.
Police commissioner Daniel Outlaw said the actions of the police officers involved “broke the mission of the Philadelphia police.”
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