How could a cop’s use of force land a Philly kid in an institution? When you’re truant, almost anything can
As the SEPTA train hurtles southward along the Broad Street Line, a video camera records a teen acting the way teens sometimes do — which is to say, stupidly — rapping “F— the police,” right in front of an officer and making a hand gesture that the officer believed to represent a gun.
In the video, the officer’s face wrinkles in annoyance. He speaks up, accusing the kid and his friends of having been in a fight at a different train station the previous week.
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