Phalanx of Philadelphia Cops Arrest and Assault Crying-Toddler-Holding Guy For Evading $2.25 Fare and Did We Mention He's Black?

Phalanx of Philadelphia Cops Arrest and Assault Crying-Toddler-Holding Guy For Evading $2.25 Fare and Did We Mention He's Black?

Now that we've offered at least some legal protections to gay and sick people, maybe it's time to safeguard black people still being daily terrorized by blue people with a sick sense of entitlement. Case in point: Philadelphia's burly mob of both transit and street cops - tellingly, black and white - who set upon a black dad carrying his baby daughter, grabbing him by the throat, slamming him into a wall and arresting him after he allegedly failed to pay his $2.25 subway fare. When surreal video of the encounter surfaced and quickly went viral, it was first reported that Ellis Smith had failed to pay his daughter's fare, and outrage centered on the fact that kids under four are free so huh? Then it was reported police had approached Smith for evading his own fare, a "crime" targeted in a recent crackdown.

Video from surveillance cameras and a fellow passenger's cellphone show Smith arguing with transit cops who approach and try to remove him, with Smith reportedly saying, "Cite me here - I've got things to do" and, entirely understandably, "This is bullshit." Things quickly escalate, with one cop slamming Smith into the side of the car, several others dragging him out of the train, and up to a dozen cops roughly joining the fracas in the station even as several appalled bystanders offer to pay the lousy $2.25 and Smith's distraught daughter begins to wail. Despite Smith's horrific crime, an unhappy SEPTA Police Chief Tom Nestel said of the video, "I never  want a child's safety being jeopardized....We don’t teach people to grab persons by the throat." The question here and across this fine, bullied, brutalized land: Just what do they teach them?

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