The Philadelphia Police Department is investigating a viral video involving one of its officers named Robert Hoover. He has been placed on administrative duty while waiting for the results of an internal affairs investigation.
Originally uploaded by a YouTube channel called LackLuster on October 2, 2021, the video starts with Hoover approaching a man who was recording it. The incident reportedly took place on January 1, 2021 near Warnock and Brown streets in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States.
Holding a flashlight and a cellphone, Hoover accused the man of chasing him around. The police officer said, “I got my camera, too.”
“We’ll take selfies,” Hooever continued. “Come on, homie. Look at me and my homie right here.”
“I’m not your homie, sir,” the man replied. He asked Hoover to back up if he is not accusing him of committing a crime and the police officer responded, “You’re not committing a crime. Who said you’re committing a crime?”
When the man said he was in the area because he lived there, Hoover laughed. The officer said, “You don’t live down here.”
“Shut your mouth, boy,” Hoover continued. “You don’t live down here. Where you from? Where you from? ‘Cause you ain’t from down here.”
Later, Hoover said the man was “literally too stupid to insult.” The man also repeatedly called the officer a dummy.
The identity of the man, who is reportedly African-American, is still unknown. He was arrested on disorderly conduct charges in connection to the incident, law enforcement sources told NBC Philadelphia.
Not much is known about Hoover. The Philadelphia Police Department did not even mention his name when it acknowledged the viral video involving him.
There is a Philadelphia Police Department officer named Robert Hoover listed as one of the defendants in a case filed by Nasheen Anderson on August 8, 2012. On the evening of June 1, 2010, the plaintiff, then 13, was allegedly grabbed by the neck, forcibly turned around, pushed into an iron railing and hit over the head with the end of a gun by the said officer.
Moreover, the said officer allegedly punched Anderson in the ribs several times, pressed the boy’s head into the iron railing, lifted him by the hood of his sweatshirt and slammed him to the ground. The officer and other unidentified officers allegedly went on to kick and beat the boy while the boy was laying on the ground.
It has yet to be confirmed if the Philadelphia Police Department officer accused of beating Anderson on June 1, 2010 is the same officer being investigated over the video shared by LackLuster. There is also no confirmation if he is the same Philadelphia police officer named Robert Hoover who received an annual wage of $92,749 in 2015, $76,936 in 2018, $20,945 in 2020.