Civil Liberties

Philly Woman Claims in Lawsuit Cops Beat Her and Toddler Son

Then arrested her, all allegedly because she tried to record an arrest


A PHILADELPHIA woman filed a federal lawsuit against the Philadelphia Police Department last week after she says a cop beat her, injured her toddler son and arrested her and a friend for videotaping a May 2011 arrest near her Overbrook home.

This is the second lawsuit to be filed this year against the police department in which civilians claim they were wrongfully arrested for videotaping arrests. The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit in January after receiving several complaints from residents. Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey issued a memo to the department informing officers that Philadelphians have the right to record, videotape or photograph them in public after the Daily News first spotlighted the issue in 2011.