|Sean McKnight, Najee Rivera, Kevin Robinson|
Two police officers were arrested on charges of assault after allegedly beating a man who was driving a motor scooter, prosecutors in Pennsylvania said.
Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams filed charges against Sean McKnight and Kevin Robinson for the beating of 23-year-old Najee Rivera.
The officers were both charged with Aggravated Assault, Simple Assault, Criminal Conspiracy, Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Tampering with Public Records or Information, False Reports to Law Enforcement Authorities, Obstructing Administration of Law, and Official Oppression.
According to investigators, around 10:00 p.m. near North 7th and Somerset Streets, Officers McKnight, a seven year veteran of the force, and Robinson, a six year veteran of the force, both of the 25th Police District, pulled over Najee Rivera on his motor scooter.
Rivera became frightened, drove away and was chased by the officers who broke procedure by not using their lights and sirens during the pursuit.
At the 2700 block of North 6th Street, a business’ surveillance camera captured the officers driving up to Rivera and knocking him off his scooter.
Both officers then exited their police car, grabbed and repeatedly struck Rivera with their fists and baton while Rivera, who received a fractured orbital bone and numerous lacerations to his head, cried out in pain.
While Rivera was at the hospital, McKnight and Robinson submitted police paperwork and inaccurate statements to the Philadelphia Police Department by falsely accusing Rivera of assaulting Robinson and resisting arrest.
Based on the false allegations, Rivera was arrested and charged with Aggravated Assault and related offenses. Eventually the charges against Rivera were withdrawn after the video evidence of the attack was reviewed by prosecutors.