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Black Mother Attacked by Philadelphia Police Speaks Out: “My Son Is Petrified”

HeadlineDec 04, 2020

In Philadelphia, a Black mother who was attacked with her family in October by a horde of police officers is speaking out about the harrowing experience. Rickia Young was driving an SUV with her 2-year-old son and teenage nephew when officers descended on the vehicle, broke all its windows, assaulted and arrested Young, pulled her 16-year-old nephew from the car and grabbed her child, who suffered a bump on his head from the assault. Rickia Young says she and her young son are physically and emotionally traumatized.

Rickia Young: “He is petrified. And he’s only 2 years old. My mom and my nephew asked him what happened. He was saying, '[bleep] car. [bleep] door. Open door,' and up there banging his hand, like as if — like, you know, the cops was banging on the car. He just kept repeating it like he’s still trying to tell the story. Like, he acts out. He bite his nails. He pull his hair now. He never did those things before. He’s traumatized. He is going through something. He knows words, but, you know, he can’t express to me how he’s feeling.”

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