Prosecutors said that Joseph Bologna, the Philadelphia Police Inspector, was seen on a mobile video that appears to hit a Temple University student in the back of his head while the man was participating in a demonstration against racism and injustice last Monday.
Prosecutor Larry Krasner said in a statement last week that Bologna would face charges of aggravated assault of the first degree, aggravated assault of the second degree, possession of a crime tool, assaulting misdemeanors, and risking someone else at risk.
Bologna surrendered on Monday and is awaiting a lift, according to Mike Nilon of Bellevue Public Relations.
Philadelphia police said on Monday that the accident was still under investigation by the Home Affairs Unit and officials could not comment further.
Staff inspectors are part of the division’s command staff.
The city’s website says: “The use of seasoned judgment, specialized knowledge and skill are required in the investigation, management, and evaluation of the efficiency, effectiveness, and / or integrity of police department, unit, district, etc. operations.
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Daniel Otto said on Friday that while she was not aware of all the information that led to Krasner’s decision to charge Bologna.
“As a department, we do not condone criminal acts by anyone, and I sincerely hope that the public prosecutor will in fact hold all people accountable for causing harm to others on an equal basis,” Outlaw said.
The anonymous student suffered a major head wound that required pins and stitching. This student was initially arrested, but after reviewing the video, the district attorney refused to press charges.
The police union said they were “disgusted” to find out more about the charges. The union said that Bologna, the police officer for more than 30 years, “was in a volatile and chaotic situation, and there were only a fraction of a second to make the decision.”
“These accusations clearly spell out Krasner’s anti-police agenda in Philadelphia,” the statement said.
Laura Lee of CNN contributed to this report.