Philadelphia, PA – The Philadelphia Police Department (PPD) released surveillance footage and bodycam videos from an attack on officers by ATV and dirt bike riders in a gas station on Sunday night (video below).
Police released the video of the incident that occurred at about 8 p.m. on Oct. 16 incident at a gas station near Delaware Avenue and Spring Garden Street when officers responded to the scene after a dirt bike rider crashed into a vehicle near the gas pumps and then fled, FOX News reported.
Investigators later determined that the crashed dirt bike had been reported stolen from New Jersey.
But when officers attempted to take the crashed bike, a crowd gathered around them, FOX News reported.
“As officers attempted to secure the stolen dirt bike the crowd began to circle the officers while throwing bricks, bottles and other objects at them,” Philadelphia Police said in a statement when it released the video.
“One marked police vehicle was kicked repeatedly and had [its] windshield broken with brick before the group fled the area,” the statement read.
Video of the scene showed masked men on dirty bikes and ATVs doing donuts in the parking lot of the gas station and around the gas pumps.
Suddenly, a masked man on a red bike approached a police SUV and hurled an object through the windshield of the vehicle, the video showed.
That object turned out to be a brick.
Then the masked vandal fled down Spring Garden Street on his bike, KYW reported.
The officer was not inside the vehicle when the windshield was smashed, according to the police department.
None of the officers were injured in the incident, KYW reported.
The incident occurred just one day after GOP Philadelphia City Councilman David Oh accused Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney of telling police “not to enforce the law,” FOX News reported.
Oh responded to yet another video of ATVs and dirt bikes terrorizing the city and wrote “This has to stop.”
A couple hundred dirt bikes, quads and other vehicles just rolled down Broad Street in front of Police HQ — heading south toward City Hall. Most ignored traffic signals, drove on sidewalks and weaved in and out of traffic. pic.twitter.com/B1R8iuaehP
— Joe Holden (@JoeHoldenCBS3) October 15, 2022
He wrote the mayor’s office was telling police not to do their jobs and enforce the law.
“That has resulted in this escalating problem of reckless driving, no insurance, intentional disregard for public safety, likely possession of illegal firearms & potential violence,” Oh added.
The mayor’s office told FOX News that Oh’s allegations were unfounded in a statement.
“The safety of pedestrians and motorists is paramount, and our Administration takes this issue very seriously,” a spokesperson for Kenney wrote.
“Dirt bikes and ATVs are illegal to operate on city streets,” the spokesperson continued. “Operators can be ticketed, and vehicles confiscated. Police have been successful in confiscating hundreds of dirt bikes, ATVs, and scooters as part of their efforts to cut down on this illegal activity and will continue to do so.”
Watch the incident unfold in the video below: