Philly Cop Charged With Attempted Murder of Son

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When Dorion Young’s son walked away from him at the end of a holiday argument about the use of the car, the Philadelphia police officer raised his pistol and fired two shots at him. One went through his shoe. The other hit him in the back.

That’s according to Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, who announced Young’s arrest today at a press conference. The incident happened inside Young’s home on September 5th, Labor Day, in the Holme Circle section of Northeast Philadelphia. He was off duty.

“If you are a Philadelphia police officer, elected official or private citizen, you cannot use your gun to try to end an argument,” Williams said in prepared remarks during a press conference at the DA’s office. “Everyone, no matter who you are, no matter what you job is, no matter if you are rich or poor, will be held accountable for their actions. While this is a terrible, I repeat, terrible tragedy, there’s no excuse for what happened that day. Dorion Young will be held responsible for having shot his son.” Read more »

D.A.’s Office to Release Files on Police Shootings

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District Attorney Seth Williams on Thursday morning outlined a handful of new steps his office is taking to assure the public that investigations into police shootings are conducted fairly.

The new protocol — which has already drawn the ire of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 5 — will require an on-duty prosecutor from the office’s Special Investigations Unit to head to the scene of all police shootings, then review paperwork and and speak to police officials. In the event of a fatal shooting, the prosecutor will additionally contact the victim’s family and invite them to the D.A.’s Office to discuss how the ensuing investigation will unfold. Read more »

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