Tanya Brown-Dickerson greets supporters after a press conference at Dilworth Park.
[Update 1:05 p.m.] The documents identify publicly — for the first time — the two officers who were involved in the shooting: Nicholas Carrelli and Heng Dang. Commissioner Charles Ramsey had previously declined to identify the duo, saying he feared for their safety.
Both testified they stopped Tate-Brown’s car for running without headlights. It was during the stop, Carrelli told investigators, “I noticed the butt of a gun between the center console and front passenger seat. I think told the male to ‘Do me a favor, step out of the car.’”
Next Carrelli said:
The struggle reached its conclusion, Carrelli said, when Tate-Brown broke away “and started running towards the car.”
“I didn’t chase after him because I wanted to create some space and draw my weapon,” he told investigators. “As he getting (sic) to the car, he runs around the trunk, and after he gets to the other side of the trunk, but before he gets to the roof of the car, that is when I discharged my weapon one time. The male drops to the ground.”
Carrelli was asked what he was thinking when he fired at Tate-Brown.
“What was going through my mind was that he was going to get to the passenger side and get to the gun. I wanted to discharge before I lost sight of him because I feared he would be able to get the gun before I would be able to protect myself.”
More to come.
[Original 12:24] Investigative files in the Brandon Tate-Brown case were released to the public today by order of Mayor Michael Nutter.
The files — made available on a public Dropbox link — include five videos and two written reports, one examining DNA evidence in the case, the other recounting redacted testimony from the incident that took Tate-Brown’s life.
“Good,” said Brian Mildenberg, the attorney for Tate-Brown’s mother, Tanya Brown-Dickerson, when told of the document release. He is suing the city on her behalf, alleging that Tate-Brown’s death at the hands of Philadelphia Police constitutes a civil rights violation. Read more »