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Trial could begin today for three men beaten by police

Opening arguments could begin today in the attempted murder trial of three men whose videotaped beating by police in North Philadelphia attracted national attention.

Inquirer staff report:

Opening arguments could begin today in the attempted murder trial of three men whose videotaped beating by police in North Philadelphia attracted national attention.

The three men are charged in a triple shooting in Feltonville in May 2008 that prompted a police chase that ended in the beating.

Defense laywers have suggested that police followed the wrong car, an assertion police countered at a preliminary hearing.

Four officers were fired and four others disciplined after the beating which was videotaped by a Fox 29 helicopter.

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