Cop Violently Assaults Man Holding Infant For Not Paying Transit Fare (VIDEO)

A video showing a police officer violently pushing a man who was holding his infant daughter is gaining a lot of attention.

WPVI reports:

“The use of force by SEPTA police is under fire after an officer was caught on video shoving a father while he was holding his infant daughter.

SEPTA officials say they are now reviewing their policies and procedures.

The incident happened around 5:00 p.m. Thursday on the Market Frankford El.

In the video, the officer is seen grabbing the man by the neck and pushing him against the rail car. The man was holding his daughter at the time.”

According to SEPTA officials, the man who was shoved did not pay the transit fare of $2.25. They claim that they officer tried to get the man to leave the train peacefully but he refused. So apparently, the officer decided he needed to use force to try to get the man to comply. In the video, it can be clearly seen that the officer grabs the man’s neck and pushes him against the rail car. After that, the officer put the man in handcuffs and gave him a citation.

Asa Khalif, of Racial Unity USA told WPVI:

“Officers are trained for incidents such as this. And if your training can’t kick in and your common sense can’t kick in to realize that a child is involved and this should be de-escalated instead of escalated.”

The officer involved claims that he feared he would be penalized for not giving the man a citation, due to a push to violate offenders by the current police department administration.

No one who uses force against a person holding an infant should be considered fit for duty. Jeopardizing a child’s life over a minor offense such as failing to pay transit fair is a terrible act. It also makes me wonder what level of force the officer would have been willing to use against the man had he not been carrying an infant.

Ten people have been killed by the police in Pennsylvania this year, according to The Counted. The total number of people killed by the police this year in the United States so far this year is 543. Thankfully, this incident did not make that number go up.

You can watch a video of the incident below.

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