Two plainclothes Philadelphia police officers who shot a food delivery man in 2014, resulting in a record $4.4 million city settlement, recently were each suspended without pay for 25 days as punishment for their actions, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer. The information came as the Police Department announced it had scrapped a policy that barred officials from disclosing the lengths of the suspensions given Officers Mitchell Farrell and Kevin Hanvey. In the future, punishments that result from internal investigations and that involve a citizen who has been affected by an officer’s actions will be made public, police said. Punishments as a result of external complaints, such as a citizen’s complaint against an officer, are already made public.
Farrell and Hanvey served the suspensions last month. Their union is appealing. On April 22, 2014, Philippe Holland delivered a food order to a customer in West Philadelphia when he spotted the two plainclothes officers emerging from their unmarked car. Fearing they were robbers, Holland, then 20, hurried to his car and attempted to drive away. The officers opened fire, hitting the car with 14 bullets, three of which struck Holland in the face and legs. The officers told investigators they believed Holland was trying to run them over. The officers were found to have violated a policy prohibiting officers from shooting at moving vehicles. Holland won a $4.4 million settlement in January.