Three Pennsylvania police officers have been charged with reckless endangerment and both voluntary and involuntary manslaughter after they opened fire at a high school football game to stop an altercation and killed an eight year old girl.
The victim, Sharon Hill resident Fanta Bility, was at a high school football game when officers opened fire in an attempt to stop an in-progress gunfight between two local teenagers, Angelo “AJ” Ford, 16, also of Sharon Hill and Hasein Strand, 18, of Collingdale.
When the teens began firing at each other, officers fired 25 shots, injuring three and fatally shooting Fanta Bility. Ford and Strand were previously charged with Fanta’s murder, until further review of the case showed it was one of the officers who actually shot the child. One of the injured was Fanta’s sister, twelve year old Momasu Bility.
Attorneys for Officers Devon Smith, Sean Dolan and Brian Devaney say the officers are innocent, and were simply carrying out their duty. Critics have been vocal about the mistaken charges against Ford and Strand, and the incident has sparked protests in the area.
ARTICLE: LAURA SPIVAK
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