Philadelphia DA Clears Officer In Controversial Fatal Shooting


A Philadelphia police officer who shot Brandon Tate-Brown to death in a December car stop committed no crimes and will not be charged, says District Attorney Seth Williams, the Philadelphia Daily News reports. Three surveillance tapes, four witnesses, ballistics evidence and DNA results all back up the accounts of two officers, Williams said. After an officer spotted the butt of a handgun jammed between the console and driver’s seat, they ordered Tate-Brown, 26, out of the car and tried to arrest him. He began fighting the officers, and eventually lunged into his car’s open passenger-side door to reach for the gun, when an officer shot him in the back of the head, Williams said.

Tanya Brown-Dickerson, Tate-Brown’s mother, and supporters have rallied weekly, calling on police to release the officers’ names and video of the incident. They’ve created hashtags like #PPDSerialKillers and #JusticeforBrandon and circulated fliers showing officers as wolves in police uniforms. Williams showed one video of the incident to reporters yesterday, but said he will not release it because “we’re not like the public library.” A street sign, utility pole and flashing police lights largely obscured the camera’s view. “This is not a Hollywood production … we have what we have,” Williams said.

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