Shocking Video Shows Police Arresting Man Allegedly for Not Paying Fare for 4-Year-Old Daughter

Philadelphia, PA — A disturbing video was uploaded to Facebook Thursday night that shows SEPTA police arresting a man at the Huntington station.


According to the person who took the video, the alleged reason for the arrest was that the father paid the fare for himself, but not for his 4-year-old daughter. However, children 4 and under are allowed to ride SEPTA for free with a paying adult.

According to the post on Facebook, the man walked through after paying his fare, with his daughter on his shoulders. Shortly after he is surrounded by a swarm of police.

During his arrest, the man can be seen holding his young daughter as she reacts to the chaotic scene.

Jerri Williams, a spokeswoman for SEPTA, said Friday that the transit agency is investigating, reviewing incident reports and pulling video to determine exactly what happened. Williams said she doubts police were called to the scene because the man failed to pay a fare for his child. Children under 4 SEPTA for free, and the child appears to be less than four years old.

If the man did commit a crime other than fare evasion, police still should not have confronted him in this manner. He was not resisting arrest or running; he was merely holding his daughter. 

Watch the video:

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