Police officers in Philadelphia say they have received numerous calls from people who say they were racially profiled in the wake of the fatal shooting of a black man by a white police officer.
In the wake in the city’s African-American community, which has been under heavy scrutiny in recent weeks, some demonstrators are now calling for a change in police tactics, and for the officer involved to be fired.
In a video posted on social media Monday, an officer is heard yelling at protesters, “You look like a drug dealer, you look like you’re just getting rich, man.
You got to be fucking shot.
We need you to die.”
In response, one protester says, “We need a revolution.”
At least one of the protesters was later detained and charged with assault and criminal mischief, a misdemeanor.
The incident is the latest in a string of recent clashes between protesters and police in the Black Lives Matters movement.
Protesters have called for a more aggressive police response to protests in recent days, and some have called on the city to take more drastic measures against officers.
The Philadelphia Police Department did not immediately respond to NBC News’ request for comment.
In response to the video, one man who identified himself as a Black Lives M4 and an organizer with the Black Men in Black T-shirts and other groups who have been in solidarity with the protesters, said, “Black people are not going to die for our rights.”
He added, “If you want to be a racist, you need to be killed.”
In a statement on Monday, the Philadelphia Police Union said, “[T]he officers involved are in the process of being cleared by the Justice Department to be the subject of an internal investigation and we have been made aware of the incident and are actively pursuing all appropriate investigative avenues.”
In addition, the union added that the Philadelphia City Council will hold a press conference Tuesday to discuss the police incident and the department’s actions.
The police union is also demanding that officers be allowed to carry firearms, even though the city has banned police from carrying guns in public.
The department said it is taking “appropriate steps to ensure the safety and security of the community.”
Police unions have criticized the police department in the past, calling it racist and biased.
In January, protesters outside the city police headquarters in Philadelphia shut down a traffic signal while a black protester was shot and killed by police.
The shooting sparked a backlash against the department, which in turn prompted Mayor Nutter to call for an independent review of the department.
In November, two protesters were arrested and charged for protesting the killing of a Black man by police in Philadelphia’s South Philly neighborhood.
In October, police said an officer shot a Black teenager in the back and neck in a nearby park.
In August, two black teenagers were arrested after a fight broke out in a public park in Philadelphia after they were detained for a traffic violation.
The officers involved in the shooting were placed on paid administrative leave.
In an earlier incident in November, a Black person was shot by a Philadelphia police officer during a traffic stop in the South Philly section of the city.