Philadelphia police probe video of attack on disabled man

Carla Harmon
June 7, 2017

The video shows one youth punching the man in the jaw while the victim is looking into the camera and smiling, apparently distracted.

In a scene that is becoming all too familiar, though no less disturbing, a group of Philadelphia teens are seen laughing as one of them sucker punched an older man believed to be mentally challenged.

The video, which was posted Monday and had been viewed more than 2 million times by Tuesday, was shared on Facebook by Gerald Andrews, who said that the man is mentally disabled.

The attack comes about a month after a DE man was caught on surveillance video punching a man with cerebral palsy at a gas station outside of Philadelphia.

Andrews, 48, told that the victim in the "heartbreaking" attack, which occurred at Chelten Avenue and Knox Street in the city's Germantown section, works with him at a supermarket in Cheltenham and identified him as Mark. "He wants to talk sports".

Andrews said a co-worker alerted him to a video of the attack online - but doesn't know where it was originally posted.

"[One of them even] punches the man in the side of the head [as] he attempts to leave", the Daily News adds.

"Obviously, what is depicted in the video is very disturbing", said police spokesman Segeant Eric Gripp, according to the Inquirer.

Incidentally, another recording taken of a man punching a cerebral palsy sufferer in the face outside of a 7-Eleven several weeks ago in Philadelphia has led to the capture of a repeat offender from Delaware.

The victim appeared to be in complete shock by the attack and was knocked backwards by the impact.

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