On Tuesday, February 19th, 2013, the trial of Askia Sabur, a Philadelphia resident accused of resisting arrest and assaulting an officer, finally came to a close, resulting in a non-guilty verdict. Both Sabur and his defense attorney cited this victory as a resounding statement from the citizens of Philadelphia that brutality and misconduct from Police Officers in Philadelphia would not be tolerated.
On September 3rd, 2010, Askia Sabur was arrested after an altercation with two Philadelphia Police Officers. The Officers claimed that Sabur was blocking the street, refusing to move, and became violent towards the officers. The officers claimed that Sabur reached for one of their guns, and bit one of the officers during the altercation.
Sabur was beaten several times with a police baton throughout the incident, all of which was captured on video by a bystander. He was beaten particularly badly in the head, which is strictly against standard police procedures. His injuries were so severe that Sabur required six staples in the back of his head to repair the wound.
The trial took over two years to take place, but in the end a jury of Sabur’s peers found him not-guilty on all accounts, and all charges were dropped. A civil lawsuit against the Police Officers responsible for his beating has been filed by Sabur’s attorney, Larry Krasner.
To learn more about Askia Sabur and his case against the Philadelphia Police Department, watch the video below, or contact expert Philadelphia Criminal Lawyers Krasner & Long.