Last week the nation the was privy to video footage of 15 Philadelphia police officers viciously beating three black men. New reports asked viewers not to jump to conclusions and suggested that the three men were suspected in a shooting death. Now reports are surfacing that shooting suspects story might be a coverup for a violent case of mistaken identity.
Eldridge Suggs, the attorney for one of the beating victims, Dwayne “Lionel” Dyches, said that police knew that none of the suspects was involved in a shooting, but thought that they had captured the man who had shot a Philadelphia Police officer, reports BET.com.
“All they’ve done is make up some facts to account for the beating,” Suggs said. “And the reason why they beat this man is because he looked so much like the cop-killer.”
On the evening of May 4, police stopped a car carrying Dyches, 24; Brian Hall, 23; and Pete Hopkins, 19. The three young men were pulled from their car beaten relentlessly as news helicopters captured the entire event on videotape.
Thirteen of the officers have been put on leave. At a news conference Friday, Suggs held up a photo of Dyches and police shooting suspect Eric Floyd and called the two men’s resemblance “uncanny,” Philly.com reports. Floyd was captured last week and charged with the murder of Sgt. Stephen Liczbinski.
Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey and Mayor Michael Nutter contend that the officers stopped the three beating victims after a triple shooting in North Philadelphia . They denied a cover-up but acknowledged that the incident was a “black eye on the force.”