From [HERE] and [HERE] and [HERE] Yesterday the DA announced that a white Philadelphia police officer will be charged with criminal homicide for fatally shooting a black man in the back during a confrontation last year after a dirt bike stop. A Grand Jury found the cop to have arbitrarily discharged his service weapon multiple times on June 8th, 2017, resulting in the death of Mr. David Jones.
[whenever white media use the phrase “former cop” or ex-cop to describe something the cop did while he was on the force, brace yourself for racist coverage [in court his present status will not be relevant to whatever he is accused of] which includes omission of details, time sequence re-ordering and mostly cop accounts, even when a jury or judge has ruled otherwise. what is white collective power?]
Thirty-year-old David Jones had a gun on him when he was frisked by Officer Ryan Pownall, leading to a struggle, but he had thrown it to the ground and was running away when the officer shot and killed him, prosecutors said. His hands were visible and he did not turn toward the officer as he fled.
"Jones was no danger to anyone in his flight," according to a grand jury that recommended charges be filed.
Pownall, who was fired from the force last year surrendered Tuesday morning. He was held without bail on the homicide charge.
According to the grand jury report, Pownall was transporting several people [the DA said 3 people, a father and 2 children] to the Special Victims Unit including two children when he saw Jones riding a dirt bike on a city street without the permission of politicians on the 4100 block of Whitaker Avenue near the southern edge of the Feltonville neighborhood.
The cop told the man to stop after he stalled his bike on the sidewalk, police said. "Initially (the officer) was only going there to tell this guy to knock it off," Commissioner Ross said.
Jones' pulled into the parking lot of a night club. Pownall also pulled into the lot and got out of his vehicle to question the man. When he frisked Jones [for having a dirt bike? how about just give him a citation?], he felt a gun. A struggle ensued then Jones started running. Pownall tried to shoot Jones but that his gun jammed.
Surveillance footage showed Jones dropping his gun on the ground and running, and Pownall opening fire, shooting Jones twice in the back. Surveillance video shows the second round hit Jones from 10 feet away; the third hit him in the back from 35 feet away.
Pownall told another officer he saw Jones toss his gun, which came to rest about 25 feet from where the officer opened fire and in the opposite direction from where Jones was fleeing, the grand jury said.
The grand jury concluded "there is no indication how Pownall could have reasonably believed Jones was still armed or dangerous."
“As Jones ran, unarmed, Pownall fired at least three shots towards Jones and traffic, hitting Jones twice in the back. Jones was searched at the scene, no gun was recovered on his person,” said Krasner.
"He was shot twice in the back, while he was unarmed and running away. At no point did Jones turn toward Pownall or gesture in a threatening manner," the grand jury wrote.
Apparently the incident happened in front of the several people the white cop was transporting. NBC10 indicating that their witness statements were damning.
"Sadly two parallel lanes of poor judgment crossed on that evening," Commisioner Ross said. Pownall used poor judgment in making the stop and in not taking cover when Jones broke away from him, Ross said. "He elected to take aim and take two shots at Jones while he was running away," Ross said.
Pownall also faces a charge of reckless endangerment for firing in the direction of several cars that were waiting at a red light.
The Fraternal Order of Police [ALL WHITE] surrounded by members of Pownall’s family and his lawyer issued a blistering response.
The president of Philadelphia's police union says a homicide charge filed against a fired Philadelphia police officer who fatally shot a man as he fled is meritless.
Union President John McNesby accused Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner of having an anti-law enforcement agenda. McNesby says the union will mount a defense for former officer Ryan Pownall and expects charges to be dropped and his return to the force.
Police Commissioner Richard Ross said during a news conference last year announcing Pownall's suspension that Pownall's first attempt to shoot at Jones was justified under department policy but that the additional shots, when Jones had clearly dropped the gun, was 10 feet away and had his back turned, did not.
The shooting prompted protests across the city, including a Black Lives Matter demonstration outside Pownall's home. Police union president John McNesby later called the protesters "a pack of rabid animals."
According to police records, it was the second time Pownall, on the force 12 years, was involved in an on-duty shooting where a suspect was struck in the back.
Carnell Williams-Carney was paralyzed in 2010 after Pownall and a second officer fired shots at him as he fled, hitting him once in the back. A federal jury ruled in a lawsuit that Pownall and the other officer were justified in opening fire.
Since 2005, Pownall is the 94th non-federal officer charged with murder or manslaughter for an on-duty fatal shooting. Of those, 33 have been convicted, including two officers found guilty of murder, according to research from criminologist Phil Stinson, a professor at Bowling Green State University in Ohio who tracks police misconduct and criminal charges.
Pownall is being held without bail. His arraignment has not been scheduled.