UPDATE 2:24 P.M. : Watch Video of SEPTA Police Arrest Man With Child In Hands For Kid (Maybe) Not Paying Fare (Not Illegal)
A video shot yesterday afternoon by G. Ahmad Najam—originally posted to Facebook before being made available to The Spirit—allegedly shows SEPTA police arresting a man at the Huntington station of the Market-Frankford line in Kensington because his child did not pay the fare to get on the train.
When officers arrested the man he had his child in his arms. Children up to four years old are allowed to ride SEPTA for free with a paying adult. The man in the video is heard saying that he paid.
A SEPTA media relations spokesperson told The Spirit,
We are seeking facts and gathering all the video. I doubt seriously the case was as simple as the child not paying the fare. We have to get all the video, which includes tracking down that particular train. We should have more information later in the afternoon.
We will continue to follow this story as it develops. Watch the video below.
UPDATE: 1:11 P.M.
According to a source, the incident captured on video possibly stemmed from a domestic disturbance that started at another station. We reached out to SEPTA media relations who couldn’t confirm the incident as they are still investigating. We also reached out to SEPTA Chief Thomas Nestle who hasn’t yet responded to our request for confirmation or comment.
Update: 2:24 P.M.
In response to the video going viral, a protest is scheduled for today at 4:00 PM.
Also the father of the child who recorded the video has this to say:
“Know what’s crazy? I’m JUST noticing that they we’re pointing their batons at my son and trying to push him back. I’m annoyed he was using profanity, but proud that he stood his ground and knew his rights.”
We will be covering the protest and following this story as it continue to develop.