Hearing postponed again in violent arrest case

Posted: October 18, 2010

The preliminary hearing for a West Philadelphia man whose violent arrest was videotaped and posted on YouTube was postponed for a second time Monday.

The officers involved were unable to testify, an assistant district attorney told the judge, because of the ongoing Internal Affairs investigation into the arrest.

Askia Sabur, 29, was charged with two counts of aggravated assault, resisting arrest and related charges from the incident outside of a Chinese takeout food restaurant in his neighborhood.

The 2 1/2 minute video shows baton-wielding police officers repeatedly striking Sabur, who suffered a broken arm and a gash on the back of his head.

Police have said the video does not tell the whole story.

The judge rescheduled the hearing for Nov. 17., and told the attorneys that the case "must be tried."


Contact staff writer Kia Gregory at 215-854-2601 or kgregory@phillynews.com

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