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Philadelphia: Black mother to get $2m payout after she was beaten by police and separated from son during protest | US News

A black woman is due to receive a payment of $ 2million (£ 1.45million) after she was dragged out of her car, allegedly beaten by police and separated from her hearing-impaired two-year-old son, officials said.

Rickia Young, who works as a nursing assistant, was returning home in the early hours of October 27, 2020 with her two-year-old son and teenage nephew in Philadelphia.

However, she unknowingly drove to the scene of a demonstration on the murder of Walter Wallace Jr by the police, and quickly attempted to make a three-point turn to escape.

Her lawyers said police then smashed her windows with their batons before she could walk away.

Ms Young was then handcuffed and separated from family members for hours, while her hearing-impaired son lost his hearing aids during the struggle.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney has since called the incident “absolutely appalling”, adding that he hoped the city’s payment would bring “some closure” to the family.

He said: “This terrible incident, which should never have happened to anyone, has only worsened relations between the police and the community.

“The officers’ inexcusable actions that evening led to an immediate and thorough investigation of the incident and staff to be disciplined and held accountable for their blatant conduct.

“I hope the settlement and the investigations into the officers’ actions will provide some closure to Ms. Young and her family.”

The incident quickly went viral when the Fraternal Order of Police, which is the country’s largest police union, also posted a photo on Facebook two days after the incident.

The photo showed Ms. Young’s toddler being carried by a Philadelphia police officer.

The union added in the post, which has now been deleted, that the officer was trying to “protect the child”.

The message read: “This child was lost in the violent riots in Philadelphia, wandering barefoot in an area of ​​lawlessness.

“The only thing that Philadelphia police officer cared about at the time was protecting this child.”

Two Philadelphia police officers, an officer and a sergeant, have since been fired in connection with Ms Young’s treatment, a city spokesperson said.

Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said the behavior of the officers involved “violated the mission of the Philadelphia Police Department.”

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