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Philadelphia Man Says Police Beat Him For Taping Brutality
NBC 10 ^ | 04/04/2007

Posted on 04/04/2007 5:07:59 PM PDT by grjr21

Angel Rodriguez told NBC 10 that he needs crutches to get around because at about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, police beat him and broke his ankle.

"I was right here looking down right in front of the house," Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez said police were on his block making a drug arrest, but then he started videotaping what he thought turned into police brutality.

"There was like five cops on each person. They had the one lady on the floor they was kicking her and the other guy they had handcuffed against the car and they were beating him with the sticks," Rodriguez said.

The 19-year-old Army reservist said police saw him videotaping and rushed into his Lippincott Street home without a warrant.

He said within minutes, he went from being a witness to a victim.

"The one cop came punched me in my mouth then they threw me on the floor. After they were done smashing the camera then they hit me with the night stick," Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez showed NBC 10 the camera he said damaged when the police ripped out the videotape.

"They left the camera here in pieces and took the tape with them," Rodriguez said.

Police officials at the 24 District confirmed to NBC 10 that they made several arrests near Rodriguez's home Tuesday night.

Police also confirmed that Rodriguez was not arrested, and NBC 10 was there when internal affairs detectives combed the neighborhood investigating the allegations.

Luis Melendez, Rodriguez's brother, said he was home at the time, and the incident has left him with a bad impression about police.

"The cops go on the news every night and we hear about how they need citizens to help them make these streets better and get guns off the streets but they're out here beating up citizens," Melendez said.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: jbt; keystonecops; philadelphia; philly

1 posted on 04/04/2007 5:08:05 PM PDT by grjr21
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To: grjr21

Gotta love them Philly cops


2 posted on 04/04/2007 5:11:16 PM PDT by grjr21
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To: grjr21
Police also confirmed that Rodriguez was not arrested...

"Hey, he learned his lesson, we were pretty busy that day, what are we gonna do, add insult to injury? Let me rephrase that..."

3 posted on 04/04/2007 5:15:14 PM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten per cent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: grjr21
Gotta love them Philly cops

They do a great job of imitating the New Jersey kripo State Troopers.

4 posted on 04/04/2007 5:15:32 PM PDT by Tinian
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To: grjr21

Every time I read a story about police brutality I always check to see which party the mayor belongs to. So far they have always been Democrats.


5 posted on 04/04/2007 5:19:38 PM PDT by Dan Evans
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To: grjr21

These big cities are just meat grinders. You won’t catch me even close to one. Bad things happen there, stay away.


6 posted on 04/04/2007 5:19:42 PM PDT by blam
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To: grjr21

should get an award for irony if nothing else.


7 posted on 04/04/2007 5:20:47 PM PDT by isom35
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To: grjr21
Gotta love them Philly cops

Must be union men. Former dock workers?

8 posted on 04/04/2007 5:23:25 PM PDT by Stultis (I don't worry about the war turning into "Vietnam" in Iraq; I worry about it doing so in Congress.)
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To: jiggyboy

LOL!


9 posted on 04/04/2007 5:24:13 PM PDT by lightman (The Office of the Keys should be exercised as some ministry needs to be exorcised)
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To: Tinian
I think we’d all be surprised how many cops believe, or claim to believe, that video taping an arrest or even a ticketing is against the law and that they have the right to confiscate the tape.
10 posted on 04/04/2007 5:28:10 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: Dan Evans

Yep, including Detroit.


11 posted on 04/04/2007 6:32:56 PM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: grjr21
So remember, if you are videotaping a cop be sure to set up another hidden camera to tape your own beating.
12 posted on 04/04/2007 6:37:32 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Parker v. DC: the best court decision of the year.)
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To: grjr21

I’m so shocked cops would do this. /s


13 posted on 04/04/2007 6:38:11 PM PDT by Fierce Allegiance (One fish, two fish, I want to go catch bluefish.)
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To: grjr21

Another big happy Democrat precinct ...


14 posted on 04/04/2007 6:39:34 PM PDT by af_vet_1981 (Waiting for Samson)
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To: grjr21
The Philly police would never violate anyones rights. /sarcasm
15 posted on 04/04/2007 6:40:18 PM PDT by bmwcyle (Freep Fox they drop the ball on GOE)
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To: blam
These big cities are just meat grinders. You won’t catch me even close to one. Bad things happen there, stay away.

Wise, wise advice........

16 posted on 04/04/2007 6:47:25 PM PDT by S.O.S121.500 (What did I do with my tagline..........?)
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To: grjr21

All of you guys are funny. You take this guys word for what happened although he has no proof that is what really occurred. He has a Video Camera that he says was broken by cops and says that they broke his ankle, but no proof. His brother doesn’t even really support him, he doesn’t say he saw what happend only that he has a bad opinion of the cops now. Some how I am not convinced all this happened the way this guy is claiming.


17 posted on 04/05/2007 2:20:34 AM PDT by calex59
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The brother’s statement that is in the report doesn’t benefit either side. The brothers statement doesn’t say if the cops did or didn’t enter the house. Not enough information.

Yea, whats wrong with all the other posters to take the word of person who swore an oath to defend the constitution.


18 posted on 04/05/2007 11:45:56 AM PDT by art_rocks
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To: calex59
Some how I am not convinced all this happened the way this guy is claiming.

I would guess that's probably a safe bet.

19 posted on 04/05/2007 11:49:59 AM PDT by kjam22
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To: art_rocks

Wasn’t Philly the place where the cops called in an airstrike on a rowhouse to end a “situation”, and ended
up burning down the neighborhood?


20 posted on 04/05/2007 11:50:27 AM PDT by rahbert
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To: rahbert

Well, if you mean they dropped an IED out of a helicopter on a house which had a bunker built on the roof, yes, that was Philthadumpia.


21 posted on 04/05/2007 12:02:13 PM PDT by Fresh Wind (Vaclav Klaus: "A whip of political correctness strangles their voice")
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To: calex59

This could not possibly have happened. Cops never do anything wrong. Anybody who says so is a cop-hating commie hippie drug dealer criminal. OK, officer? Can I go now? Please?


22 posted on 04/05/2007 12:02:21 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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