PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Evidence from a fatal Philadelphia police shooting that protesters said paralleled other high-profile killings of black men appears to contradict the official narrative that the victim was reaching into his car for a loaded pistol.
A lawyer for Brandon Tate-Brown’s family said surveillance videos and interview transcripts made public Tuesday showed the original story of last December’s shooting “was a complete and utter lie.”
Police described Tate-Brown reaching for the weapon in their initial statements on the shooting.
A prosecutor repeated the claim in March narrative when he cleared Officers Nicholas Carrelli and Heng Dang of criminal wrongdoing.
Carrelli told a different story to internal affairs investigators a few days later.
Carrelli said he opened fire as the 26-year-old ran toward the passenger side of the car but before he reached inside.