Joe Bologna, Inspector w/Philly PD assaults BLM youths

Cops Saluted And Applauded An Officer Facing Assault Charges For Beating A Student Protester.
video by Brendan Lowry @Peopledelphia
Dozens of Philadelphia police officers saluted and applauded Staff Inspector Joseph Bologna on Monday as he prepared to turn himself in on aggravated assault charges for allegedly beating a student protester and severely injuring him. Many of the officers and supporters gathered outside the union’s headquarters clapped and cheered for Bologna as he walked past them, with one woman patting him on the back.
A spokesperson for FOP Lodge 5 said there were “several hundred active police officers, retirees, and other supporters at FOP in support of Inspector Bologna” on Monday.
“This is a very sad day for the Philadelphia Police department as one of our most decorated officers was formally arraigned on felony assault charges for doing his job, trying to keep our great city safe during recent unrest,” the union said in a statement Monday.
“Just shows the support he has and how he’s being railroaded,” FOP Lodge 5 President John McNesby told 6ABC.
Bologna, 54, is facing charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, possession of an instrument of crime, and recklessly endangering another person.
The 30-year police veteran was seen in viral videos using his metal police baton to strike 21-year-old Temple University student Evan Gorski in the head and arrest him during a protest against police brutality last week. Gorski suffered “serious bodily injury,” including a large head wound that required around 10 staples and 10 sutures, according to District Attorney Larry Krasner.
A similar show of support was seen for two Buffalo police officers who were charged with second-degree assault for knocking over a 75-year-old man at a protest.
Dozens of people in police uniforms and “Blue Lives Matter” flag T-shirts cheered when the two officers, Aaron Torgalski, 39, and Robert McCabe, 32, left the courthouse after being released on Saturday.
Soon after the two officers of the Buffalo Police Department’s Emergency Response Team were suspended without pay following the incident, all 57 members of the unit resigned from the tactical unit, the Buffalo News reported. (They did not quit the police department.)

Joe Bologna, Philly PD Inspector

Gorski (the 21 year old student victim) was arrested at the scene and detained for more than 24 hours for allegedly assaulting an officer, his attorney told the Philadelphia Inquirer. Krasner said that after reviewing video and other evidence, he declined to charge the student.
“Instead, Inspector Bologna will face prosecution for his role in the incident,” Krasner said in his statement.
Bologna is facing charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, possession of an instrument of crime, and recklessly endangering another person.
The videos shows Bologna — wearing a white shirt and sunglasses — grab Gorski as the student is trying to intervene between other officers and a protester.
Bologna is then seen striking Gorski’s head with his baton and tackling him to the ground, after which another officer places his knee on the back of Gorski’s head and neck for a few seconds.
Bologna was taken off street duty and handed in his gun on Thursday, the Inquirer reported.
“This moment demands a swift and evenhanded response to violent and criminal acts based on the facts and evidence,” Krasner said in a statement. “Americans are taking to the streets to demand a remaking of political, economic, and legal systems that serve the powerful at the expense of citizens’ health, welfare, and lives. There can be no safety or peace without justice. My office will continue to hold people who cause harm to others equally accountable.”
Philadelphia’s Fraternal Order of Police union said in a statement that it would “vigorously defend” Bologna against “these baseless allegations.”

The union described Bologna as one of the city’s “most decorated and respected” police leaders.
“He was engaged in a volatile and chaotic situation with only milliseconds to make a decision,” the union said.

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