Revolution#129, May 18, 2008

Caught on Videotape:

Philly Cops Brutally Beat Three Black Men

It happens all the time, in cities across the country—usually out of public sight and sound. But this time, like in the LAPD beating of Rodney King, it was caught on video for all to see.

Philadelphia, Monday, May 5. A Fox News camera in a helicopter got it on tape:

Several police cars are chasing a gold sedan. They force it to stop. Immediately, six to eight cops jump out and descend on the car. They yank open the doors and drag out the driver and two passengers. All three Black men are thrown to the ground. Immediately, a merciless beating begins.

More cops swarm in. Several of them pile in on each man. Some cops run from one beating to another. The three men on the ground are kicked again and again—to their heads, their bodies. They are punched and whacked with batons over and over. One cop on the scene has a dog.


At least 15 cops, all white, were involved in this brutal beating of Dewayne Dyches, Pete Hopkins, and Brian Hall.

Mainstream news reports about the incident bring up, as if it somehow justifies the beating, that Philadelphia police have been “under stress” because a cop was recently killed in a robbery. What they are actually, inadvertently, pointing out is how this beating was in fact a blatant and completely unjust act of brutal revenge.

Leomia Dyches, the mother of Dewayne Dyches, told CNN news, “I don’t believe it was stress. You see 14 white police officers beating three black males. In my area where I live at, I can see it constantly.” Leomia Dyches has not been allowed to see her son in jail. She stated: “Nobody deserves to be beat like that. If you do an animal like that, they’ll throw you in jail for treating a pit bull like that, so how can Philadelphia police call themselves officers and treat another human being like this?”

The police, the armed enforcers of this system, treat the masses like criminals. The Philly cops already assumed the three men they dragged out of the car were guilty—to be tried and punished on the spot, with no mercy whatsoever.

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