About a dozen protesters confronted law enforcement Sunday at a police union fund-raiser for a Philadelphia police officer who was suspended with the intent to dismiss, for fatally shooting, aka murdering, a man running away from a traffic stop.
Facing a heavy police presence outside the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5’s office on Caroline Road in Northeast Philadelphia, the protesters showered police with profanity and called for the prosecution of Officer Ryan Pownall, who fatally shot David Jones on June, 8, reported The Philly Inquirer.
“It’s a disgrace you’re having a party for a murderer,” Asa Khalif, a Black Lives Matter national coordinator, shouted at the police through a bullhorn. The police stood their ground.
About 20 bike cops along with other officers set up barricades about a quarter-mile from the union hall, restricting vehicle access to the ticketed event.
FOP president John McNesby declined to comment Sunday.
Police objected to the release of Pownall’s name by the police administration, because they did not want anyone to know who the murderer cop was.
Pownall’s shooting of Jones caused immediate outrage because was murdered for driving a dirt bike on city streets, something that would normally be a citation if the officer had been reasonable.
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)