PPD Investigating Controversial Video of Kensington Arrest


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The Philadelphia Police Department is investigating a controversial video of an arrest that occurred Monday in Kensington.

The three-minute video, posted by a resident named Ariel Rivera, has been watched more than 360,000 times as of Wednesday morning. It was reportedly filmed near Elkart and Ella Streets just after midnight.

Footage reveals three police officers attempting to arrest a shirtless man, who is handcuffed and lying on the street in the beginning of the video. About 20 seconds in, one of the officers lifts and pushes the man against the street twice, striking him against the ground. Onlookers yell and step closer. One woman shouts, “There’s kids around!”

The officers then carry the man and attempt to put him into a police SUV, but the man appears to throw himself on the ground. A cop then places a baton under the man’s chest, picks him up from behind and swivels around. When he drops the man, the man’s head smacks against the side of an aboveground pool in the middle of the street. The officers then put him inside the vehicle.

Police declined to provide details on the man because of the ongoing investigation. A spokesperson said he was arrested for a narcotics violation. His condition was not available Wednesday. Around noon on Tuesday, Philly.com reported that he was in the hospital.

The video has been shared more than 6,000 times. Its comments are mixed, with some people claiming the man appeared to be resisting arrest and others calling the video evidence of police brutality.

Rivera, 24, told Philly.com that she recorded the video and pushed for people to share it “because this isn’t something that happens once in a blue moon in our neighborhood, this is very common.”

“A lot of people go through stuff like this,” Rivera told the news organization. “Our community is bad enough already, to be honest, we should not have to fear calling the police.”

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Eyewitness to Police Shooting of Dirt-Bike Rider Disputes Official Account

Police shooting victim David Jones in an undated photo from Facebook.

A North Philadelphia man who, along with two of his children, witnessed at close range the fatal shooting of dirt-bike rider David Jones by a Philadelphia police officer on June 8th — and whose account the police department itself has partially presented to the media in support of its version of events — has given an exclusive interview to Philadelphia magazine in which he tells the entire story of what he saw for the first time.

His full account calls into question the judgment of Officer Ryan Pownhall, a 12-year veteran, who detoured from an assignment to transport crime victims to make what initially looked like a routine motor vehicle stop — an action that Police Commissioner Richard Ross has said he finds troubling. (Because the incident is under investigation, department policy prohibits Pownhall from speaking with the media.) Read more »

Man With “Warning: Loco” Tattooed on His Throat Arrested in Bucks County

Photo courtesy of the Penndel Borough Police Department.

Throat tattoos are never a good look, however they do serve as a handy tool for use in identifying people whom we should likely keep our distance. With a purple mohawk and his neck inked with the threat “Warning: Loco,” Martin T. Muller seems exactly like someone who causes fellow travelers to cross to the other side of the street. (Loco, of course, means “crazy” in Spanish).

Muller – not to be confused with ‘90s “That Guy” Martin Mull of Hollywood Squares fame – was arrested in the Bucks County borough of Penndel on Monday after police say he was caught blowing a stop sign at the intersection of Neshaminy Street and Dehaven Avenue around 9:30 p.m.

The 45-year-old was taken into custody when he was discovered to have active warrants for his arrest in Philadelphia. He was later turned over to the Philadelphia Police Department and he remains behind bars.

PPD Officer Troy Brown tells Philly Mag that Muller was wanted in Philly for simple assault and violation of a protection from abuse order, which was likely issued after some type of domestic dispute.

It’s unclear if Muller has an attorney who can comment on the charges.

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Differing Accounts Emerge in Alleged “Body-Slamming” of 14-Year-Old Naji Tribble

Left: Kobie Xavier, a coach at Steelworks Strength Systems. Photo courtesy of Kobie Xavier. Right: Naji Tribble. Photo provided by the Tribble family.

Following the publication last week of a Brewerytown family’s account of what they called the “body-slamming” of their 14-year-old son by an off-duty Philadelphia police officer on May 11th and the subsequent discovery that the boy had suffered a fractured skull, several additional eyewitnesses have come forward to provide Philadelphia magazine with their own accounts of the incident.

Kobie Xavier, a coach at the gym that the boy, Naji Tribble, and a group of his friends had entered that afternoon, says that Naji was the “aggressor” during the confrontation; the officer, Kevin Furman, was only attempting to protect his wife, who was pregnant but not visibly so, after Naji hit her. But two neighbors who say they saw the incident from their homes on North College Avenue support the Tribble family’s contention that Furman was the aggressor and that Naji never physically attacked anyone. Read more »

Man Charged in Port Richmond Crash That Killed Mother, Injured Son

Photo courtesy of the Philadelphia Police Department.

Philadelphia police have arrested a Torresdale man in connection with a fatal crash that occurred over the weekend in Port Richmond and claimed the life of a young mother who put herself at risk to save her children.

Thirty-nine-year-old Ryan McHugh has been charged with two counts of vehicular homicide, aggravated assault while driving under the influence, involuntary manslaughter and causing an accident involving death. Read more »

PPD Investigating Cop’s Fatal Shooting of Dirt Biker

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The Philadelphia Police Department is investigating a cop-involved shooting of an unidentified armed man in North Philadelphia Thursday.

Police told reporters that the shooting occurred around 6:40 p.m. on the 4100 block of Whitaker Avenue in Feltonville when a 15th District officer saw the man driving a dirt bike recklessly.  Read more »

PPD: Jewelry Thieves Stole $30K in Gems From South Philly Home

Philadelphia police are searching for three suspects who they say stole $30k in jewelry from a South Philadelphia home.

The thieves, two men and one woman, used a back door to break into a house located on the 100 block of South Salter Street at 12:30 a.m. on May 28th, according to police. One inside, they made off with the jewelry and fled in an unknown direction, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the South Detective Division at 215-686-3013.

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