21 Feb 2015

Lawyer: Video shows that a Philly man was running - not reaching into his car for a gun, as the official account said - when he was fatally shot by a police officer.

BRANDON TATE-BROWN was running - not reaching into his car for a gun - when he was fatally shot by a Philadelphia police officer in December, a lawyer representing Tate-Brown's family told the Daily News last night.
Attorney Brian Mildenberg said he and Tanya Brown-Dickerson on Thursday viewed surveillance footage of Tate-Brown's encounter with two patrol cops during a traffic stop on Frankford Avenue near Magee in Mayfair on Dec. 15.
The footage, recorded by four different cameras at nearby businesses, is imperfect - grainy images that are sometimes obstructed or washed out by the police cruiser's flashing domelights.

But what's clear, Mildenberg said, is that Tate-Brown's shooting didn't mirror police accounts of the incident.
The Police Department has repeatedly said Tate-Brown had knocked one officer to the ground after a violent struggle, and was fatally wounded by the other officer as he reached into the front passenger side of his 2014 Dodge Charger for a stolen, loaded handgun that was near the center console.
Mildenberg confirmed that Tate-Brown is shown fighting with the officers, a battle that stretched from one side of Frankford Avenue to another.
But the attorney said Tate-Brown's final movements played out differently than many think.
"From the video, the moment he was shot, he was running away from the officer, across Frankford Avenue," Mildenberg said.

"He was behind his vehicle, near the trunk of the vehicle - not near any doors - when he was shot and dropped down."
Mildenberg said he and Brown-Dickerson want the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the case, which is still being reviewed locally by District Attorney Seth Williams.
Mildenberg said he also wants the Police Department to release the surveillance footage to the public, along with witness statements, police radio chatter and any other records about the shooting.
"If you're running across Frankford Avenue, obviously that's not complying with the police officer, and we're not saying that's OK," he said.
"But police aren't licensed to shoot every person that runs from them."

Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey said last night that the "quality of the tapes are not very good" and were filmed at a distance that did not offer much clarity.
"The investigation did not rely solely on the tape," he said. "You have the officers' statements, and statements from four independent eyewitnesses who actually observed the incident as it took place."
Ramsey said he won't release those statements, or the videos, to the public. He has also declined to release the names of the officers, out of concern they could face retaliation of some kind.
"Believe me, I understand the loss of life, and the tragedy that goes along with it, but we also have to be very mindful to let the investigation take place," he said.
"This isn't trial by media, and it's not trial by public opinion. This has to be based on facts."

Earlier this week, Ramsey apologized to Brown-Dickerson for not notifying her weeks ago when the two officers who were involved in the shooting returned to street duty, having been cleared of any departmental violations.
He also arranged for Brown-Dickerson to view the footage at the Internal Affairs Division's headquarters in Northeast Philadelphia, something she had called for publicly for the last two months.

Brown-Dickerson did not feel up to commenting yesterday, her lawyer said, but earlier this week, she told the Daily News: "Show us the proof now. They said once the investigation is up, I would get proof. Then show me. Show me the footage. Until I see that, it's not over."
"We did let them see the tape. That's what was being asked, and we did see to that," Ramsey said. "We have nothing to hide."
Mildenberg said Brown-Dickerson "had to leave the room" as she watched the footage.
"It was obviously extremely difficult, as it would be for any mother, to view video of her son's death."

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  1. "He has also declined to release the names of the officers, out of concern they could face retaliation of some kind."
    What do they have to worry about if the evidence corroborates their story?
    "This isn't trial (of the officers) by media, and it's not trial by public opinion. This has to be based on facts."
    How nice they are receiving a trial after depriving their victim of one.

  2. Typical cop these days...indicative of a failed political system.

  3. And the thin blue line draws tighter...to serve and protect. Themselves.

  4. So, another cop murders an innocent and then lies about it. What a surprise.The entire police selection process is broken. They only hire those with just-barely-above-average IQ's and so not being too bright to start with when they commit crimes and lie about it they figure you are just as dumb as they are and will believe the BS.

    US Court Says it’s Okay for Police Departments to Refuse to Hire Someone
    who is Too Smart.


    And then if that isn't a big enough insult the "brass" has the temerity to try to cover it up.But then most of them came from the same selection process ...

  5. cops lying, and murdering? I'm shocked.... This kind of thing happens EVERY 8 hours in the USA.

  6. Keeping the identities of police or any other government employee secret when they abuse the people can only embolden them to keep doing it.

  7. All these cops need to be lynched by the public.Kill ALL of them!

  8. What gave this petty employee the right to declare secret any material? A million pages a week are classified in USA for no other reason than hiding fools and the foolish lives they live. Only criminality needs secrecy.