Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner announced Friday that Staff Inspector Joseph Bolganer has been charged with aggravated assault, common assault, possession of a criminal instrument and recklessly endangering another person.
Prosecutors say Bologna was caught in a cell phone video hitting the back of the head of a Temple University student while attending a mass demonstration on Monday.
The unidentified student suffered “serious bodily injuries, including a large head injury that required treatment at a hospital, including about 10 major and about 10 stutters,” Kresner’s office said, according to Kresner’s office.
Philadelphia police arrested the student protester, detained him for more than 24 hours, and referred him to the district attorney to file a lawsuit. However, after prosecutors reviewed the video and other evidence, Krasner refused to charge the student and instead charged Inspector Bologna.
“We’re trying to be fair. Accountability must be equal,” Krasner said. “At the moment we want a quick and even critical response to violent and criminal acts based on facts and evidence.”
“Right now I’m conducting operations from the office,” he told the station in a phone call on Friday.
The police union said they were “dissatisfied” with the allegations. For more than 30 years, Bologna, a police officer, was “involved in a volatile and chaotic situation with only milliseconds to make a decision,” the union said.
“These allegations clearly illustrate Krasner’s anti-police agenda in Philadelphia,” the statement said.
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Daniel Outlaw said Friday that he was not secretive about all the information that led to Krosner’s decision to charge Bologna, yet an internal investigation into the matter has begun and the district attorney’s authority will continue the case regardless.
“As a department, we do not condone any individual’s criminal activity, and I sincerely hope that the district attorney will hold all people equally accountable who can truly harm others,” Outlaw said.