PHILADELPHIA --Philadelphia police have opened an internal investigation after the beating of a man during an April drug arrest caught on video, reports the Philadelphia Daily News.
The video was published Wednesday by a Los Angeles-based blogger, reports the paper. It shows at least a dozen officers repeatedly punching, kicking and apparently Tasing a man lying face down on the street in East Germantown.
The blogger, Jasmyne Cannick, told the paper that the man's family reached out to her in an attempt to publicize the case after they received the video recently. The man, whom the paper identifies as 22-year-old Tyree Carroll, was reportedly arrested April 4 and charged with drug offenses, aggravated assault, simple assault and reckless endangerment.
He remains in custody.
The video starts with three officers struggling with Carroll, as a witness records and describes the scene: "Kicking him, kicking him, kicking him, punching him, punching him."
About a dozen officers respond and apparently beat the man. One is heard yelling that Carroll bit him and another apparently points a Taser, but it's not clear if he uses it.
Carroll is reportedly set to be arraigned July 21.