Posted on 13 February 2015 by Mike Lyons
The 20-year-old pizza deliveryman who was shot several times last April by plain-clothes cops who thought he was trying to run them over near 51st and Willows in the Cedar Park neighborhood is suing the city.
The officers reportedly approached Philippe Holland, who had just finished a delivery, on the sidewalk with their guns drawn. They were searching for a suspect in an earlier shooting. Holland contends that 18th District officers Mitchell Farrell and Kevin Hanvey approached him as he was getting into his car and that he thought they were robbers. Farrell and Hanvey opened fire as he tried to drive away. Holland was struck in the head, neck and leg.
Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey apologized to Holland soon after the shooting. West Philly residents raised money for Holland’s medical expenses and more than 100 signed a petition asking that the results of the investigation be made public. It was hoped that the shooting might prompt more transparency in police shootings, which spiked in 2012 and prompted Ramsey to request a federal review of the department.
One result has been the posting of some information from officer-involved shootings online.
Here is what the posting on that site says about the Holland case:
04/22/14 On Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at approximately 9:56 P.M., two on-duty officers in an unmarked vehicle and in civilian attire heard gunshots in the area of 51st street and Baltimore Avenue. While surveying the area, the officers observed a male walking south on 51st street toward Willows Avenue, with his hands inside his pockets. The officers identified themselves as police officers and ordered the male to stop. The offender opened and entered the front passenger door of a Ford Taurus that was parked in the 5100 block of Willows Avenue. The offender positioned himself in the driver’s seat and drove the vehicle initially in reverse, and then forward toward the officers. In response, both officers discharged their firearms, striking the offender. The offender was transported to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for treatment. There were no other injuries as a result of this incident. No weapon was recovered.
– Mike Lyons
Posted on 09 January 2015 by WestPhillyLocal.com
A 26-year-old man was shot and killed in front of a residence on the 5600 block of Baltimore Avenue on Thursday night, according to police. The shooting was reported at around 9 p.m. The victim was found on the front porch, a few houses down from where he lived, with gunshot wounds to his head and chest. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead 15 minutes later.
Police say there is one suspect, a male, who was last seen heading eastbound on Baltimore Avenue. The description is vague.
Posted on 06 October 2014 by WestPhillyLocal.com
Police are investigating a shooting outside of Cousin Danny’s Exotic Haven & Lounge at 52nd and Delancey, which left one person dead and two wounded. The shooting happened shortly after midnight on Sunday. One of the victims, a 25-year-old man, was shot multiple times and was taken to the hospital in critical condition. He died of his wounds several hours later. The second victim, a 47-year-old man, was shot in both legs and was listed in stable condition on Sunday. The man told police that he was walking on the 5200 block of Delancey when he heard the gunshots and was struck twice. He was able to walk after being shot and flagged down police nearby.
The third victim, a 24-year-old man, was found at Mercy Hospital where he walked after being shot once in his right leg.
Currently, the details of what led to the shooting are not available as the investigation continues.
Posted on 04 August 2014 by Mike Lyons
Police say a 39-year-old man was shot and killed on Monday afternoon outside a food market at 53rd and Delancey.
GunCrisis.org and ABC6 are reporting that the man was shot several times in the back at about 4:15 p.m. and was pronounced dead at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
UPDATE: Reportedly, the shooting was captured on surveillance video. Philly.com provides description of the suspect as a man wearing an orange t-shirt and blue jeans. The suspect fled in a gold-colored minivan north on 53rd St after the shooting.
Posted on 09 July 2014 by Mike Lyons
The Department of Justice and the Police Advisory Commission will hold a public forum tomorrow (Thursday, July 10) at City Hall to talk about officer-involved shootings. The forum comes three months after two undercover police fired 14 shots at pizza delivery driver Philippe Holland, striking him in the head, neck and leg.
Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey asked the Justice Department’s Community Oriented Police Services (COPS) office to look at the PPD’s training, policies and tactics related to officer-involved shootings. The COPS program is also examining the department’s transparency and investigative policies.
“Our goal is to use the review process as a framework for detailed public discussions around the use of deadly force by Philadelphia Police officers,” said Police Advisory Commission (PAC) Kelvyn Anderson.
We reported on the program in more detail following a public meeting with police last month related to the shooting of Holland.
Holland had finished his last delivery of the night on April 22 and was walking back to his car when the officers approached him during the investigation of a recent shooting in the area. Holland, who may have believed he was being robbed, ran to his car and drove toward the officers. They opened fire. Holland was in critical condition for several days.
Tomorrow’s meeting will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the City Council chambers on the 4th floor of City Hall. The PAC will also accept public comment on police-involved shootings from the last 18 months.
Posted on 06 July 2014 by WestPhillyLocal.com
An altercation between two men at a local bar spilled out onto the sidewalk and ended in a shooting on Saturday night, according to police.
The fight started at Queen of Sheba and ended outside on 45th Street near Baltimore with one man shooting the other. The shooting was reported around 11:20 p.m., according to police. After the shooting both men fled the scene on foot through the driveway of the 500 block of South Melville Street, with one man chasing the other.
UPDATE: Police say the gunman fired 11 shots. The driveway and surrounding area was searched for a potential gunshot victim, but no one was found. Police say they also checked all area hospitals with no result. No other injuries were reported.
Police have identified the shooter and are currently searching for him (they won’t release his name). The victim is described as a black male who was speaking with an African accent. He was wearing a plaid shirt, tan pants, and had no shoes on.