Police: Cop arrested for assaulting man during Puerto Rican Day Parade

Officer Aquil Byrd
Officer Aquil Byrd, 32. (Credit: Philadelphia Police Department)

A Philadelphia police officer was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly assaulting a man during the Puerto Rican Day Parade in 2011.

Officer Aquil Byrd, 32, is a 12-year veteran last assigned to the Narcotics Strike Force.

Internal Affairs received a citizen complaint alleging Byrd assaulted a man on Sept. 25, 2011 during Puerto Rican Day Parade festivities on the 3000 block of North Front Street.

Officers were called to clear a large crowd from the street and sidewalk in front of a Chinese take-out restaurant.

That’s when the complainant encountered Byrd, touching off a verbal confrontation during which the men discussed “moving off the street,” according to prosecutors.

The man can be seen on surveillance video walking into the Chinese restaurant, followed about 20 seconds later by Byrd.

A release from the District Attorney’s Office said Byrd was caught on camera hitting the man in the face and grabbing him by the throat.

The man was not arrested or charged with any criminal offense on that date, according to investigators.

Byrd also did not document the incident.

He was later removed from the street and placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of the investigation.

The allegations were referred to the District Attorney’s Office in January 2013.

After reviewing the evidence, prosecutors found Byrd did act in a criminal manner, according to a statement.

He is charged with two misdemeanor offenses of simple assault and official oppression.

Byrd surrendered to Internal Affairs Wednesday.

He has been suspended for 30 days with the intent to dismiss.

Byrd is not the first cop to face charges in connection with Puerto Rican Day Parade festivities.

Philadelphia police Lt. Jonathan Josey was dismissed from the force in October 2012 after being accused of punching a woman during the 2012 Puerto Rican Day celebration.

Josey was also charged with simple assault in connection with the incident, but found not guilty following a trial in late February.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Brooklyn man charged in roommate's stabbing death

A Brooklyn man accused of violently stabbing his roommate to death on Monday is in police custody and faces murder charges.

International

Dinosaurs could have survived asteroid strike

It turns out there is a good and a bad time for the planet to be hit by a meteor, and dinosaurs were just unlucky.…

National

OkCupid admits to Facebook-style experimenting on customers

By Sarah McBrideSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - OkCupid, a top U.S. matchmaking website, intentionally mismatched users to test its technology, the IAC/InterActive Corp service said on…

Local

MTA fares still increasing 4 percent in newly…

The agency said the 4 percent increases, previously announced in December, will remain steady even as the MTA deals with increasing labor costs.

Movies

Interview: Brendan Gleeson on the way 'Calvary' depicts…

Brendan Gleeson talks about how his new film "Calvary" began over drinks and how his character here is the opposite of the lead in "The Guard."

Movies

'Get on Up' producer Mick Jagger on the…

Mick Jagger, a producer on the James Brown biopic "Get on Up," talks about the time had to tell the singer some bad news and his favorite JB record.

Television

'Glee' star Lea Michele to appear on 'Sons…

"Glee" star Lea Michele has been confirmed as a guest star in the final season of "Sons of Anarchy."

Television

TV watch list, Monday, July 28: 'The Bachelorette'…

See Andi Dorfman make her big choice on tonight's 'Bachelorette' finale.

MLB

Angelo Cataldi: Ryan Howard deserves better from Phillies

Just last week, Ryan Howard endured the embarrassment of a benching that was inevitable, and yet still shocking.

NFL

Larry Donnell has inside track in Giants tight…

Little-known Larry Donnell of Grambling State currently has the inside track, as the second-year player has received the bulk of the first-team reps.

NFL

Computer to Jets: Start Michael Vick over Geno…

Jets general manager John Idzik says the choice of who starts between second-year quarterback Geno Smith and veteran Michael Vick will be a “Jets decision.”

MLB

Yankees looking to trade for Josh Willingham: Report

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Sunday the Yankees are interested in Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.

Travel

Glasgow: Hey, hey, the gangs aren't here

This European city has done a good job getting rid of its more violent residents and revitalizing with artists.

Education

Babson College tops list of best colleges for…

Money magazine has just released its inaugural list of "The Best Colleges for Your Money" -- and the answers have surprised many. Babson College, which…

Education

NYC teens learn how to develop apps during…

Through a program sponsored by CampInteractive, the high schoolers designed their own community-focused apps.

Tech

The Ministry of Silly Walks app is both…

Monty Python have dug into their back catalogue for cash-ins once more, but with the Ministry of Silly Walks app, they've made something that's fun too.