The city of Philadelphia pays more than $ 1 million to a mother who was brutally beaten by police in front of her child.
Rickia Young will receive $ 2 million after the 29-year-old was dragged out of the car she was driving with two young child passengers during civil unrest and beaten by police, The Philadelphia Investigator reports. Young was unfairly beaten by the cops and separated from her toddler.
Video of the shocking incident was shared online and it took months for action to be taken. In May, a police officer and a sergeant were sacked as a result of the incident, and 15 other officers are awaiting disciplinary proceedings, department officials said.
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney called Young’s treatment “absolutely appalling.”
“This terrible incident, which should never have happened to anyone, has only worsened the relationship between the police department and our communities,” Kenney said.
Young, who works as a home health aide, was attempting to walk through a swarm of protesters on October 27, 2020, when police responded by smashing his car windows and attacking him. At the time, she was driving with her 2 year old son and 16 year old nephew. Young said she had been beaten and separated from her child and nephew for hours, NPR reports. Young did not file a complaint.
“Instead of fighting crime and the fear of crime, some of the police at the scene created an environment that terrorized Rickia Young, her family and other members of the public,” Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said in a statement.
Young’s lawyers, Mincey Fitzpatrick Ross, said it was the first time the city has paid such a large settlement for a non-fatal incident, CBS Philly reports.
“Our physical wounds may heal, but the pain of seeing these images of my son in the arms of an officer and the horrific caption written to describe that image may never heal,” Young said. “They must be held accountable.”