May 05/08:Video from a local TV news helicopter is under review by the Internal Affairs unit of the Philadelphia Police Department, to see if excessive force was used on three suspects allegedly involved in a shooting Monday night in the Hunting Park section of the city.
The incident started on Monday night when members of a police narcotics team were following up a homicide investigation at 4th and Ansberry Streets.
The video shows about a dozen police officers involved in chasing and capturing three suspects who allegedly fled a shooting on Monday night in Hunting Park where several men were wounded.
The tape shows a car pulling over after being chased and surrounded by police vehicles. Suspects are pulled from the car, and it appears that some of the suspects were uncooperative. It looks as though officers restrained the suspects and then some started to kick the suspects.
Philadelphia police commissioner Charles Ramsey:
"On the surface it certainly does not look good in terms of the amount of force that was used. But we don't want to rush to judgment. We want to look at the video. And I think it's important to remember that these individuals had been observed involved at a triple shooting at the time. There is also a lot of heightened emotions since Sgt. Liczbinski was murdered on the streets just Saturday."
The investigation continues.
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