Personnel Inspector Joseph Bologna is facing charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, possession of an instrument of crime and threatening to endanger another person, Philadelphia Attorney Larry Krasner said on Friday.
Prosecutors say Bologna was arrested in a mobile phone video that struck a University of the Temple student in the back of his head while attending a mass demonstration on Monday.
The unidentified student suffered “serious bodily injury, including a large head injury that required hospital treatment while under arrest, including about 10 stitches and about 10 stitches,” Krasner’s office said.
Philadelphia police arrested the student protester and held him for more than 24 hours and referred him to the prosecutor for prosecution. However, after prosecutors examined the video and other evidence, Krassner refused to accuse the student and instead charged Inspector Bologna.
“We are trying to be fair. Accountability must be equal, “said Krasner. “Right now it requires a quick and smooth response to violent and criminal acts based on facts and evidence.”
“Right now, I’m handling business from the office,” he told the station by telephone Friday.
The police union said she was “disgusted” to learn of the allegations. Bologna, a police officer for more than 30 years, “has been dealing with a volatile and chaotic situation with only a millisecond of a second to make a decision,” the union said.
“These allegations clearly illustrate Krasner’s police agenda in Philadelphia,” the statement said.
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Daniel Oulau said Friday that while it was no secret that all the information that led to Krasner’s decision to charge Bologna, an internal investigation into the matter had already begun and would continue regardless of the prosecution’s prosecution.
“As a department, we do not forgive the criminal acts of any individual, and I sincerely hope that the prosecutor, in fact, makes all the people who cause harm to others equally guilty,” Outlaw said.