On Monday, August 14, 2023, a Philadelphia, USA, police officer fatally shot 27-year-old Eddie Irizarry in his own vehicle during a traffic stop.
According to the initial police statement, two officers saw a man driving erratically and, when he stopped in a parking space, approached him. Moments later, one of the officers shot Irizarry, fatally wounding him. The police officer changed his statement several times, claiming first that Irizarry “lunged” at him with a gun, then that he had a knife. However, a video provided to Irizarry’s family by an eyewitness shows that he did not get out of the car and did not have a weapon in his hands.
The attorney for Eddie Irizarry’s family is trying to obtain the officer’s body camera footage, which is crucial evidence in the excessive force and unjustified shooting case. Eddie Irizarry’s grief-stricken mother is demanding a fair investigation and charges against the police officer who fatally shot her son.
MASS MEDIA ABOUT THE CASE:
The aunt of a man killed by an officer in Philadelphia says the family is “upset” after police changed their original version of events.
The Initiative Group has asked US President Joseph Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland for clarification on the current case. The Initiative Group considers it important to fight police brutality and can provide legal and informational assistance to the family of Eddie Irizarry if necessary.