- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 20, 2008

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The city police commissioner yesterday said four officers will be fired and four others disciplined for their roles in the beatings of three shooting suspects, an encounter that was captured on videotape and drew widespread outrage.

Eight additional officers who had physical contact with the suspects will undergo training on the department’s policies concerning the use of force, Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey said.

He said the police department made the disciplinary decisions after reviewing frames from enhanced tape of a video shot by a television news helicopter on May 5.

The video, shot by WTXF-TV, shows the suspects being pulled from their car on the side of the road and groups of officers kicking, punching and beating the men. A total of 19 officers — 18 city police and one transit officer — were involved.

Two of the officers being fired are relatively new to the force and can be terminated immediately, Commissioner Ramsey said. Two others are being suspended without pay for 30 days with intent to dismiss.

Three other officers are being suspended, and one sergeant is being demoted. A criminal investigation is continuing.

Police said they had been pursuing the car in connection with a triple shooting.

The three men — Brian Hall, 23, Pete Hopkins, 19, and Dwayne Dyches, 24, all of Philadelphia — have been charged with attempted murder and related counts stemming from the shooting. Their attorneys have said they had nothing to do with it.

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