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Philadelphian Jeffrey Dennis, 36, was gunned down during a violent confrontation with police that quickly escalated into a deadly encounter.

Police and the city’s District Attorney’s Office are investigating Dennis’ shooting, which was captured on surveillance footage, said Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross, according to ABC-affiliate WPVI. Dennis, a father of three, was killed after police tried to serve a warrant during a drug probe, authorities said. Six undercover officers surrounded Dennis’ vehicle and ordered him to get out of the car. After a confrontation, one of the officers shot and killed the man.

The deadly encounter was the third fatal police shooting in three weeks in that area, according to WPVI.

Dennis, who had no prior convictions, worked as a maintenance worker for Tastykake and was preparing for marriage before the shooting cut his life short, said civil rights attorney Lee Merritt, who is representing the man’s family.

“This is, unfortunately, becoming a more common pattern of an unarmed black male in a situation that could have easily been de-escalated,” Merritt said, also calling the killing “murder” on social media. “Drugs and guns were found at an address associated with him, but there’s been no testimony, no evidence, no statements whatsoever that a weapon or drugs were found on his person.”

The unidentified officer who took Dennis’ life was placed on administrative leave, a common practice in police-involved shootings.

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Heartbreaking: Father Violently Gunned Down By Police Was Unarmed And Newly Engaged was originally published on newsone.com

18 thoughts on “Heartbreaking: Father Violently Gunned Down By Police Was Unarmed And Newly Engaged

  1. Jonathan Lightfoot on said:

    Why was pepper spray or a stun gun not used 1st as non lethal force. It’s like these corrupt law enforcement officers have killing on their minds before anything else. I’m afraid sensitivity training won’t help these particular type of officers.

    • Dyzhane on said:

      They don’t Need sensitivity training to not kill White Folks. Majority of them are Armed and they bring them in without shoot to kill. That’s Racist Officers in the force that are looking for a reason to kill Blacks no matter what! Really Sad, Disgusting, and They Need to be FIRED AND CHARGED WITH MURDER ETC.

  2. It’s never going to end, Trump has given them carte blanche to carry on his orders. And now he’s spreading lies about blacks in S. Africa killing white farmers. I believe Ormarosa about Trump wanting a race war. He knows white supremacists, white radicals, and white militias are very well armed compared to black and brown America.

    • J. A-M on said:

      Why keep blaming Trump? These type of police murders have happened for decades.

      The problem is law enforcement system is obsolete and needs to be overhauled.

      And, secondly folks need to be careful about the company they keep. A father of three should not be around people with guns and drugs. Goodness!

      • J. A-M on said:

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        These type of police murders have happened for decades.

        The problem is law enforcement system is obsolete and needs to be overhauled.

        And, secondly folks need to be careful about the company they keep. A father of three should not be around people with guns and drugs. Goodness!

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