Leftist police commissioner to fire cop who shot a 12-year-old – who opened fire on him and other police first
PHILADELPHIA, PA – A police officer in Philadelphia has been suspended pending termination after he opened fire on a 12-year-old…who shot at him and other officers first.
The Commissioner of the Philadelphia Police Department alleges the soon-to-be terminated officer violated use of force policies.
Yesterday, the Philadelphia police chief announced that the officer who shot TJ had been suspended and would be fired but declined to identify the officer citing potential threats to his safety.https://t.co/DHLaHSeMwo
— Rebecca Kavanagh (@DrRJKavanagh) March 9, 2022
The incident occurred on March 1st when plainclothes officers with the Philadelphia Police Department saw a 17 and 12-year-old standing on a street sidewalk.
Police allege that the 17-year-old was wanted for questioning in a criminal case which prompted them to turn on their emergency lights and attempt to make contact.
The Philadelphia Police Department reported that as the officers neared the two, 12-year-old Thomas Siderio allegedly opened fire on the police vehicle, injuring one of the officers from debris caused by the round penetrating a window.
Both officers jumped out of the police vehicle and each returned fire as the two began to flee on foot.
The officer that faces termination, identified only as Officer #1, gave chase as the other officer took a position of cover. During the foot pursuit, Officer #1 fired two additional times, striking Siderio in his back.
The Philadelphia Police Department has not released any details as to whether Siderio had the gun on him at the time Officer #1 shot him during the foot pursuit.
However, they did report that they recovered a stolen .9mm handgun at the scene, which is presumed to be the one that Siderio used to shoot at officers.
The police officer who shot and killed 12-year-old in South Philly last week will be fired. He violated the department’s use of force directives and will be let go following a 30-day suspension set to begin Friday, Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said. https://t.co/bwxUOUG7Ha
— PhillyVoice (@thephillyvoice) March 9, 2022
On March 8th, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw spoke to reporters about her decision to terminate Officer #1:
“I have made the decision to utilize Commissioner’s Direct Action to suspend Officer #1 with the intent to dismiss the officer at the end of 30 days due to violations of our use of force directive.
Due to our use of force directive, or the collective bargaining agreement between the city and the FOP [Fraternal Order of Police], the soonest I can serve this action will be 72 hours after communicating my intent to the FOP. So, therefore, the soonest the 30 days can begin is this Friday afternoon.”
While not specifically going into the details of the officer-involved shooting, the Commissioner claims the evidence she has reviewed shows that Officer #1 violated the department’s use of force policy. She said:
“Based off of the evidence that I reviewed, it was clear that the use of force policy was violated. I will tell you that all use of force has to be proportionate to the resistance they’re [officers] trying to overcome. I will also tell you that our policy clearly states that excessive force will not be tolerated.”
#BREAKING | The police officer who fatally shot 12-year-old Thomas Siderio in the back in South Philadelphia last week will be fired, Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said Tuesday afternoon. https://t.co/1bGpoXgpMG
— CBS Philly (@CBSPhilly) March 8, 2022
While it is unclear why Commissioner Outlaw believes that Officer #1’s use of force was against their policy, considering he and other officers had been shot at, it could be due to reports that Siderio was not armed at the time he was killed.
Fox News reported they have sources who had seen some of the surveillance video taken at the time of the shooting which showed the unarmed Siderio fleeing before he was shot in the back.
Commissioner Outlaw said:
“It’s just a sickening and saddening situation all around. By the grace of God, our officers were not shot in the head. So, there’s a miracle there. It’s tragic that a 12-year-old had access to a gun.
“It’s tragic that we have trigger pullers as young as 12. It’s tragic the circumstances that even lead our young people out there in the first place. And it’s tragic that we had one of our own again, go against everything who we say we are.”
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