In the last decade alone, there have been a reported 435 shootings by Philadelphia police officers, with 103 civilians killed. And across the country, many police shootings have been captured on video by witnesses, sparking highly publicized protests and police firings and suspensions. In some cases, they have also resulted in lawsuits. One such case involved the 2014 shooting in West Philadelphia by plainclothes police officers of an innocent college student working as a food deliveryman to earn money to pay his tuition. Philippe Holland suffered bullet wounds to his leg and face.
Victim’s lawyer: “Something good came of something bad”
More and more, headlines across the country have been filled with news of police officers shooting innocent civilians, events that are often followed by lengthy investigations and public protests.
The incident was caught on video. On June 7, 2011, a Chicago police officer fired three shots into the back of a man as he lay bleeding on a roadway. It turned out that the shooting, according to news reports, was the third by the officer in six months and the second that ended in death. The City Council’s finance committee recommended a $4.1 million settlement in a subsequent civil rights lawsuit that was expected to be approved.