May 16, 2022

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An American police officer has been charged with murder for shooting a 12-year-old boy in the back

Etsal Mendoza, 26, an officer who was fired from the police in April, was arrested on Sunday and remanded in custody for the death of 12-year-old Thomas Ciderio in the vicinity of the historic northeastern city of Philadelphia in early March. USA between Washington and New York.

Philadelphia Attorney General Larry Krosner has been charged with “premeditated murder.”

During a press conference, officials described the circumstances under which the boy died.

Police Officer Mendoza, dressed in civilian clothes, along with three other colleagues are on a surveillance mission in their unmarked car parked in the Philadelphia district on March 1, which has led to an increase in crime in many US cities.

Police who saw Thomas Ciderio and another 17-year-old decide to drive around the block. Authorities say a 12-year-old boy opened fire on their car while they were operating their flashlight.

Police then chased the two boys on foot, and one of the officers opened fire without aiming, then Mr. Mendoza fired three shots at Thomas Siderio.

But according to the prosecutor, he said he had video footage of “when officer Mendoza fired the third dangerous shot” the young man had already dropped his weapon.

Near the victim, policeman denounced “Thomas Ciderio – 12 years old, five meters tall and weighing fifty kilos – knew he had no weapon and could no longer injure him. But he shot him in the back.” Mr. Krosner.

The New York Times reported that a police association had “expressed confidence in the judiciary to protect the constitutional rights of this officer to a fair trial.”

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