A fired Philadelphia police officer surrendered to authorities in what the district attorney said was only the second time in almost two decades that an on-duty Philadelphia cop was charged for killing a suspect.
Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner charged Ryan Pownall, who’s white, on Tuesday with first-degree murder for killing David Jones, an African-American, in June 2017, WPVI-TV reported.
If convicted, the ex-cop faces the death penalty or life in prison without parole for fatally shooting the 32-year-old man in the back.
“Video recovered from the scene shows Jones was unarmed, and he never turned toward Pownall or gestured in a threatening manner during his flight,” Krasner said at a Tuesday news conference, adding that the former officer fired his weapon three times and struck Jones twice.
Pownall pulled over Jones, who was on a dirt bike, for an alleged traffic violation, authorities said. The officer’s gun jammed when he attempted to shoot Jones after a confrontation. Surveillance video showed Jones dropping his gun to the ground and running away. That’s when Pownall opened fire.
Investigators recovered Jones’ gun about 25 feet away from where he was gunned down.
The shooting ignited widespread protests that included a Black Lives Matter demonstration outside of Pownall’s home. These vigorous protests prompted the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police President, John McNesby, to call BLM protesters a “pack of rabid animals” and a “racist hate group determined to instigate violence.”
BLM activists showed up to the news conference Tuesday and welcomed the indictment.
Since January, Krasner’s office has investigated 19 officer-involved shootings, seven involving injury or fatality with three of those civilians killed by on-duty officers, according to WPVI-TV.
Twitter Is Outraged After The French Open Bans Serena's Catsuit: 'You Have To Respect The Game'
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Bernard Giudicelli, the French Tennis Federation chief announced a dress code for the 2019 French Open, which includes outlawing Serena Williams catsuit. Makes perfect sense for a fat, bald, aging man to be making fashion decisions for elite athletes. #FrenchOpen #SerenaWilliams pic.twitter.com/VDQyQmv4ln— Minimal Effort with Jason Sweet (@MinimalEffortJS) August 24, 2018
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The idea that Serena Williams' catsuit signals she doesn't respect the game of tennis is ridiculous for a number reasons, but especially because her catsuit wasn't unprecedented. Anne White wore a catsuit back in 1985 at Wimbledon. pic.twitter.com/ekAzc9k1De— Nadra Nittle (@NadraKareem) August 24, 2018
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During the French Open I saw many White players who were nearly naked, but Bernard Giudicelli decides Serena Williams' catsuit was disrespectful?!?! What would powerful White people do if they didn't spend so much time policing Blackness? He is being disrespectful! pic.twitter.com/dHRBo5vShA— We STILL Can't Breathe (@Fiorentina5) August 24, 2018
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According the French Open organizers, this catsuit that Serena Williams wore this year is 'inappropriate' so they've banned it. Ja no, being black and excellent is tough 🙄— Zweli Mbhele (@TheZweli) August 24, 2018
It literally has her entire body covered. pic.twitter.com/NgplF4hdMf
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"You have to respect the game and the place." 1. Didn't Anne White wear a white catsuit during Wimbledon? 2. If a white woman champion wore the same outfit, would he have said anything? (Yes, I'm going there.) 3. All the women players should boycott until Serena gets an apology.— Julie London Ferguson (@DearBubbie) August 23, 2018
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I don’t get this thing of Serena’s catsuit being deemed inappropriate for the French Open. All the women in professional tennis wear tiny, “revealing” clothes but the catsuit is inappropriate? You absolutely cannot convince me that this is anything other than misogynoir.— Generically Black (@THISisLULE) August 24, 2018
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This is wrong on so many levels. How are we still in an era where a man decides what a woman wears to work?— Tobi Oredein (@IamTobiOredein) August 24, 2018
Coz Serena playing tennis is her job. https://t.co/ZQyA26uXVx
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It's no coincidence that Serena Williams is being dress coded at the same time black kids are being pushed out of school because of their hair. It's not the catsuit or the hair that's the problem. It's the anti-blackness.— Nadra Nittle (@NadraKareem) August 24, 2018
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I would like Serena to show up in this outfit for French Open next year and then remove it revealing a catsuit with a crown emblem. 👑 pic.twitter.com/uYwE9yorYb— LaWanda (@lawanda50) August 23, 2018
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The French Open banning Serena from wearing a catsuit is the epitome of the word HATER. Jealousy is such an ugly trait.— LaChina Robinson (@LaChinaRobinson) August 24, 2018
12. Even Shonda Rhimes Was Not Here For It...
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The game seems quite content to be played no matter what women wear. Perhaps this man should focus on his own fashion choices and respect the GOAT's rights to wear whatever the hell she pleases. #getoffhercourt https://t.co/sS7QcyJp3y— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) August 24, 2018
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