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Police officer chokes a man holding his daughter

The incident happened in Philadelphia when 20-year-old Ellis Smith failed to pay for his ticket.

Source: Shaun King/YouTube

CONTROVERSY HAS ARISEN in the United States over a video showing a police officer choking a man who did not pay a subway fare.

The incident happened in Philadelphia and saw a member of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) use force to detain the man who was holding his daughter at the time.

man arrested - 1 Source: NBC News

It has been reported by NBC 10 that the SEPTA police took the man into custody for not paying his own $2.25 (€2) fare.

The Police Chief of SEPTA, Thomas Nestel, has said that 20-year-old Ellis Smith had been asked to provide ID for five minutes prior to the arresting officer taking action. It was acknowledged by the police chief that a amount of force was used in making the arrest.

We don’t teach people to grab persons by the throat.

The video has drawn a lot of traction on social media and the SEPTA police force has launched an internal investigation.

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