Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney got in on the action after a video of violent crime in his city made it to social media, and has called for “support and comfort.”
The video, which circulated Instagram, shows a group of four black men making a beeline towards an Asian man along a Philly sidewalk.
When the Asian male attempted to flee from the group, one of the aggressors sucker-punched him to the ground, incapacitating him.
After the man was knocked out, the group began taunting him.
“Down goes Fraiser,” one man said.
Eventually, a traffic cone was place on the Asian man’s head.
The group began kicking the victim and rifled through his pockets for valuables.
According to Philly Voice, Mayor Kenney took to Twitter, asking the city for unity.
“During this difficult time, we must support and comfort each other, not turn to violence and anger,” Kenney wrote on Twitter. “The actions of these few do not define who we are as a city.”
Journalist and Antifa attack victim Andy Ngo received a response on Twitter from the Philadelphia Police, who claimed the incident was under investigation.
“This is currently under investigation,” the agency tweeted. “We implore anyone with information to submit a tip at 215-686-TIPS OR on our website.”
The identities of some of the individuals involved are reportedly attached to the original video.
People replying to the agency’s message were quick to point out bail reform moves by Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner, which apparently appear to allow low-level offenders to avoid lockup.
In addition, one Twitter user posted a photo of what appears to be a memo showing the kinds of crimes that could result in a “catch and release”-type arrest by CPD during the coronavirus pandemic.
“This certainly doesn’t help,” the user wrote.
This certainly doesn’t help. pic.twitter.com/ZwKkMCTUFb
— Manuel (@mannyfl1) March 22, 2020
The incident remains under investigation and the Instagram account where the video originated from has been removed.
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