Local news footage from Fox 29 in Philadelphia crossed over to the network airwaves. Both ABC's Jim Avila (embargoed link) and CBS' Randall Pinkston narrated clips from eleven minutes of helicopter coverage of the arrest of a trio of suspects for aggravated assault. The arrest seemed aggravated too: a total of 15 different police officers were on the scene "repeatedly kicking and beating the three men, at times using a baton," as CBS' Pinkston described it. ABC's Avila saw "multiple kicks, punches and the use of a baton on the heads and bodies." The 15 cops have been taken off Philly's mean streets and put on desk duty. Avila calculated that the city's murder rate has increased by 50% over the last four years. Pinkston pointed out that three of those killed have been police officers, the latest cop death just two days ago--although that murder was unconnected to the case involving the beaten trio.
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