PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Fifteen Philadelphia police officers have
been taken off the street as authorities investigate a video
showing three suspects being kicked and beaten by city police.
A spokesman for Mayor Michael Nutter says the mayor stands
behind the police department but his first glance of the video does
appear to show the officers overstepping their authority.
The video was shot Monday night by WTXF-TV. It shows three
police cars stopping a car on the side of a road.
The tape shows about a dozen officers gathering around the
vehicle and pulling three men out. About a half-dozen officers hold
two of the men on the ground. Both are kicked repeatedly, with one
of the two apparently struck with a baton. Punches were also
The third man is also kicked and ends up on the ground.
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