Ex-Philadelphia cop charged with murder: NPR


In March, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw decided to fire the plainclothes officer who shot a runaway 12-year-old. The officer, Edsaul Mendoza, now faces murder charges.

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Ex-Philadelphia cop charged with murder: NPR

In March, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw decided to fire the plainclothes officer who shot a runaway 12-year-old. The officer, Edsaul Mendoza, now faces murder charges.

Matt Rourke/AP

Former Philadelphia police officer Edsaul Mendoza knew 12-year-old Thomas “TJ” Siderio was unarmed when he shot him in the back and killed him, the district attorney said. Philadelphia, Larry Krasner, in announcing murder charges against Mendoza on Monday.

Police said Siderio shot at a car carrying four officers before fleeing on March 1 – but Krasner said Mendoza, who was pursuing Siderio on foot, knew the boy had thrown his gun before shooting him. Siderio was on the ground at the time, Krasner said.

“It is certain that Thomas Siderio, at the time he was shot, had stopped running and was possibly surrendering,” Krasner said.

“It is certain that Thomas Siderio, at the time he was shot, was essentially face down on the pavement, that he was in a position which is akin to a kind of pump. Turning towards the place where the The officer was pursuing him, possibly turning to look at the pursuing officer, when he was shot in the back.

A Taurus 9mm pistol was recovered about 40 feet from Siderio’s body, Krasner said.

Mendoza, who was fired shortly after the incident, is now in police custody and being held without bail, Krasner said when announcing the murder charges. In addition to first degree murder, he is charged with third degree murder, intentional homicide and possession of an instrumentality of crime.

Mendoza also made a “misrepresentation about his location” as he chased and shot Siderio, the prosecutor said, adding that it suggested the former officer knew what he had done was illegal.

New details emerge about incident 2 months ago

Citing findings from a grand jury, never-before-seen video of the encounter and interviews with those present, the district attorney’s office released the most detailed view yet of what investigators believe happened. happened.

Mendoza and three other officers were wearing civilian clothes and riding in an unmarked police car when they came across two minors on horseback bicycles.

On approach, the vehicle’s police lights were not on. Krasner said the timing of the lights being activated and the first shot sounding was nearly simultaneous.

“When the child fired the gun, three officers immediately took cover and Constable Mendoza began what can be called a tactically unsound foot chase of the 12-year-old child. years,” Krasner said.

Mendoza fired his gun three times: once as he began to chase Siderio down the block; again in the middle of the block; and finally at the end of the block, “standing on the sidewalk and relatively close to Thomas Siderio,” Krasner said.

Mendoza fired his second shot as he passed the gun on the ground. The ball didn’t hit Siderio – but the 12-year-old almost simultaneously fell to the ground, Krasner said, either because he fell or dived to the ground. He remained on the ground for about 4 to 6 seconds before being shot, prosecutors said.

Immediately after the shooting, Mendoza told another officer that Siderio threw the gun away and pointed to where it was found next to a sidewalk, Krasner said.

“When Officer Mendoza fired the third fatal shot, he knew that 12-year-old, 5-foot-tall, 111-pound Thomas Siderio no longer had a gun and could not hurt him, but he shot him in the back, nevertheless, it killed him,” Krasner said.

Officers involved in the incident gave different reasons for the initial decision to arrest Siderio and another minor. Two of the officers said they wanted to speak to the couple as part of a weapons investigation. Two others said they were carrying out a traffic check, linked to riding a bicycle the wrong way on the street.


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