Rickia Young was driving down Chestnut Street in West Philadelphia with her 2-year-old son when her way was blocked by a social justice protest following the fatal shooting of Walter Wallace Jr.
Her attorneys say, despite complying with a police order to turn around, officers still pulled the then 28-year-old mother from her vehicle and beat her.
The incident was videotaped and shared on social media.
Young spoke out Tuesday after the city agreed to the settlement nearly a year later.
“I will never forget what those officers did to us that night,” she said. “I hope that the officers responsible will never have the chance to do something like this to another person ever again.”
Two officers have since been fired for their roles in this case and several others were disciplined.
Still, Young’s attorneys say that is not enough. They also called on District Attorney Larry Krasner to file criminal charges against the officers involved. No decision on whether to file charges has been made.
Young’s legal team is also suing the national Fraternal Order of Police, accusing them of posting “misinformation” about Young and her son in social media posts. Most notably a post that showed an officer holding the boy, claiming he was found wandering the streets alone during the civil unrest, rather than being forcibly separated from his frantic mother.
“The pain of seeing those images of my son in the arms of an officer and a horrible caption written to describe that picture may never heal,” Young said.
More than a dozen officers are awaiting disciplinary hearings in connection with the case.
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