Hearing in violent arrest case is postponed again

Posted: October 19, 2010

A preliminary hearing for a West Philadelphia man whose violent arrest was videotaped and posted on YouTube was postponed Monday for a second time. 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 a Chinese takeout in his neighborhood.

The 21/2-minute video shows baton-wielding 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." - Kia Gregory

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