Black Woman to Receive $2 Million After Abuse by Philadelphia Police

In Summary

During the assault, the woman was separated from her hearing-impaired 2-year-old son for several hours. 

A 28-year-old Black woman will receive $2 million from Philadelphia after an Oct. 27, 2020 incident. She was pulled from her car, beaten by officers and separated from her toddler for hours.  

Rickia Young, a nursing aide, was driving home from work after midnight. A large protest over the killing of Walter Wallace Jr. was taking place in Philadelphia. Young unknowingly drove through the crowd. 

When Young tried to leave, officers busted out her windows with their batons. Young was then pulled out her car, beaten, handcuffed and separated from her 16-year-old nephew and her hearing-impaired 2-year-old son for several hours.  

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After the 2020 incident, The Fraternal Order of Police posted a Facebook picture showing an officer holding the child for his protection, but the photo was taken down after one of Young’s attorneys, Thomas Fitzpatrick, said the picture was propaganda.  

“This was a child who was properly secured in the back seat and then police began beating on the vehicle,” Fitzpatrick said.  

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said the way police treated Young was “absolutely appalling” and “inexcusable.”  

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“This terrible incident, which should have never happened to anyone, only further strained the relationship between the police and community,” Kenney stated. “The officers’ inexcusable actions that evening prompted an immediate and thorough investigation of the incident and for personnel to be disciplined and held accountable for their egregious conduct. I hope that the settlement and investigations into the officers’ actions bring some measure of closure.” 

If you or someone you know is struggling from trauma triggered by this story, resources are available here.  

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