Channel 6 ABC TV News reports that a judge dismissed all charges against Philadelphia Police Officer Mark Dial (seen in the above photo in the center).
PHILADEPHIA (WPVI) - A judge dismissed all charges, including a murder count, against a Philadelphia police officer who shot and killed a driver who had a knife, agreeing with defense lawyers who said the officer could have feared for his life.
The municipal judge ruled after a courtroom packed with police and relatives of Eddie Irizarry watched about 20 minutes of harrowing video of the brief traffic stop in the Kensington section of the city that led to the death of 27-year-old.
Note: The mayor put out a message that his thoughts are with the Irzarry's family as they attempt to seek justice, meaning that he and the DA have already concluded that officer is guilty.
This is why cops are retiring and quitting the PD.
Irzarry was driving erratically and turned the wrong way down a one-way street, which is why he was approached. And he had a knife by his side when approached by P/O Dial.
There is more to the story than a quick video clip.
The mayor and the DA should go out on ride-alongs down the city’s mean streets with cops, as I have many times over the years I've been covering the crime beat.
And further they should be made to approach the car window of a drunk, high or mentally ill gun or knife-totting person. They might develop a different point-of-view.
The DA is recharging Dial, so we all should reserve judgement until the DA’s recharging and a court finally decides Dial's fate.