A Philadelphia police officer on duty during the 2011 Puerto Rican Day Festival has been arrested, suspended and charged with assault and official oppression.
Officer Aquil Byrd, a 12-year veteran who was last assigned to the Narcotics Strike Force, was called to the 3000 block of N. Front Street on Sept. 25 to help disperse a crowd, police said.
Byrd and a male festival attendee got into a verbal altercation which soon degenerated into alleged physical violence. Byrd allegedly punched the man in the face and grabbed him by the throat, according to a police news release. The man, who police did not identify by name, was not arrested and the Byrd did not file a report.