Protesters Demand Answers Following Man’s Subway Death after Police Involvement

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Protesters in Philadelphia demand answers after a 25-year-old Black man was electrocuted by subway tracks as he was being pursued by law enforcement officers. 

Police were trying to arrest Bryant “BJ” Henry Jr. for a drug offense when he reportedly fled into a Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) station, made contact with the electrified third rail, and died. Philadelphia Police said Henry was being arrested near Broad Street and Onley Avenue just after 8:30 p.m. on July 24 after police searched him and found what they suspected was crack cocaine. He then broke free and ran away. 

Henry, who had handcuffs on one of his wrists, ran into a Broad Street Line station and touched the electrified third rail alongside the tracks, police told The Philadelphia Inquirer. However, two witnesses told the newspaper that an officer had deployed a Taser on Henry, causing him to fall onto the…

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