Four members of Philadelphia law enforcement accused of police brutalityMay 16th, 2012 by Gabriel Z. Levin
Daniel Rutland, the mayor of Pennsylvania's Colwyn Borough suspended four members of law enforcement accused of police brutality following on emergency meeting involving the town's council May 2, after they allegedly tasered Da'Quan Jackson, a 17-year-old boy, while he was in restraints in a locked holding cell. The incident occurred after he was arrested on April 24.
Jackson was taken into jail after he witnessed a fight that broke out on the streets and was held on disorderly conduct charges. Deputy Chief Wendell Reed, Corporal Trevor Parham, Officer Michel Drucker and Lieutenant Wesley Seitz reportedly failed to adhere to proper protocol and exercised unnecessary force.
Jackson told Philadephia's NBC 10 that ''I started going back and forth with [an unidentified male officer] . I was being quiet and I kicked the cell twice. He came in with the taser and warned me once. I kept talking and that's when he tasered me. Thirty minutes later he let me out."
Mayor Rutland was alerted to the incident after receiving phone calls from area residents. When questioned, Seitz came forward described and provided the mayor with details. As a result, he was allowed to start working again. He was also named Deputy Chief while the investigation continues.
The officers are facing possible criminal charges and the episode is being examined by the Delaware County District Attorneys' Special Prosecution Unit. Work computers belonging to the men were seized and will be examined for evidence.
Tasering can lead to serious injuries, such as seizures and even heart attacks. If you have been a victim of police brutality and have sustained injuries, you may benefit from a consultation with a personal injury lawyer in Philadelphia. He or she can assess your claim, help try your police brutality case in a court of law and help you collect damages that you be entitled to.