Philadelphia Police say they have launched an investigation after video surfaced of an arrest back on April 3rd.
The video, which was posted on Wednesday July 8, appears to show a number of officers involved in a physical altercation with a suspect while trying to apprehend him. The video is graphic as police try to arrest 22-year-old Tyree Carroll during a stop on Locust Avenue back in April. A man, who asked us not to use his name, saw the arrest from his upstairs window.
“One guy punched him in the mouth while he was on the ground. He had six guys on him,” he told FOX 29.
The witness spoke with FOX 29 after the video was released overnight, sparking a police internal affairs investigation after almost two dozen officers arrived on the scene to assist in the arrest.
“It was wrong what the cops did to my grandson, he wasn't doing anything and they beat him," Tyree Carroll's grandmother said.
Nancy says the arrest took pace right outside her home. Tyree can be heard screaming for her help in the video.
"They beat him terribly and he down on the ground, hollering, calling me," Nancy explained.
The video appears to show punches and baton strikes being delivered as Carroll struggles with officers. Carroll allegedly bit two officers as they tried repeatedly to get his hands behind his back so they could cuff him.
Police say Carroll was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, reckless endangerment, drug offenses and resisting arrest.
And while the narration on the tape appears to indicate that Carroll was tased during the incident, police say, he was not and the witness backs that up.
"No, I didn't see a taser," the witness told FOX 29.
VIDEO COURTESY TYREE CARROLL FAMILY
WARNING: Video contains graphic content.
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