By John McDevitt
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A videotaped arrest of a 22-year-old Philadelphia man has his family and community members calling the incident police brutality and calling for his immediate release from jail and the dismissal of the officers involved.
Supporters of 22-year-old Tyree Caroll say he was brutally beaten by police back in April. a video tape shows 3 officers trying to hold him on the ground. With more than a dozen officers responding it appears at least one punched him.
Police say the man resisted arrest and bit officers.
Emmanuel Martinez with the Philly coalition for real justice.
“If even just one of those cops at that moment were responsible and knew how to their job right they would try to stop that beating and just arrest him if that was what they were trying to do,” Martinez said. “So it does not matter if they were trying to resist arrest or not, he probably feared for his life.”
Police have launched an internal investigation. Caroll was charged with drug offenses, aggravated and simple assault and reckless endangerment and was on probation for a drug possession guilty plea in 2014.