Philadelphia to Pay $2M to Black Woman Beaten by Officers, Separated From Toddler During Unrest

On October 27, 2020, Rickia Young, a nursing aide, was on her way home when she ended up driving into a protest over the police killing of Walter Wallace Jr. As she tried to turn around to avoid the large crowds, an officer smashed her windows with batons. Police ripped her from her car and handcuffed her, separating her from her 16-year-old nephew and 2-year old son for hours without charging or citing her with anything. 

According to NBC, “the Fraternal Order of Police, the nation's largest police labor union, posted a Facebook picture two days later showing Young's toddler in the arms of a Philadelphia police officer just after the incident.” Lying in the post, officer’s wrote "This child was lost during the violent riots in Philadelphia, wandering around barefoot in an area that was experiencing complete lawlessness," the union said on Facebook. "The only thing this Philadelphia Police Officer cared about in that moment was protecting this child."

The city of Philadelphia will now pay Rickia Young $2million dollars for the traumatic incident. "This terrible incident, which should have never happened to anyone, only further strained the relationship between the police and community”, Mayor Kenney said in a statement.

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