Upper Darby officers under investigation for police station incident
UPPER DARBY, Pa. - June 27, 2013 (WPVI) -- Two Upper Darby police officers are under investigation for an incident that may have happened with a young suspect inside the police station and was allegedly caught on tape.
"The video by itself causes me a great deal of concern that's why I launched an investigation, internally and externally, and that's why I put the officers on administrative leave," Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said. "But until I get all the facts, I am not going to jump to conclusions or bury anybody."
The alleged violent incident occurred on June 15th inside the Upper Darby police station.
The incident involved two police officers and one of three juveniles who was arrested for shoplifting.
"One of the police officers contacted his supervisor and said he was involved in an incident with one of the males and that the incident was on videotape," Chitwood said.
Within 24 hours, both an internal and district attorney's investigation were under way.
Sources who have seen the tape tell Action New it appears the juvenile was assaulted while handcuffed.
"No, he was not handcuffed at that time. There were handcuffs on them, there are several different pieces of it, but at one point in time he was handcuffed and at another point in time he was not handcuffed," Chitwood said.
We asked Chitwood, "Was he struck while he was handcuffed?" Chitwood replied, "I am not going to go comment on that now."
Chitwood declined to go into more detail about the video, but said when the department probe is finished he will go public.
"When this is done, I will show the video, I will take any questions," Chitwood said.
Action News is told the juvenile has not yet filed a formal complaint.
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