The fatal Philadelphia police shooting of Mr. David Jones, a 30-year-old black man who was fleeing Officer Ryan Pownhall, a white man said to be in his mid-30s whose been with the department here for 12 years, gave the police commissioner pause. But for myself and others in the justice community, the narrative and optics – a 15th District cop shooting a black man in the back while he runs away – overwhelms us with a sense of familiarity and worry.
“He could have had a thousand guns. If he was fleeing, there was no reason to shoot him in the back,” asserts Mr. Khalif, who hinted that a protest could be forthcoming.
“Fuck the pause. The officer should be suspended with the intent to dismiss,” said Mr. Khalif, who’s demanding the unedited footage of the shooting be released to the public.
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