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Family Files Suit Against Philadelphia PD Over Shooting Death of Unarmed Man

By Cherri Gregg

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Lawyers representing the estate of a man who was shot and killed one year ago today by police in North Philadelphia have announced the filing of a lawsuit against the Philadelphia Police Department.

The man’s family and the NAACP are calling for a federal investigation into the department’s use of deadly force against unarmed civilians.

“Over 50 shots were fired,” notes Philadelphia attorney Paul Hetznecker, who says 24-year-old Jamil Moses was an unarmed passenger in a stolen Chevy Impala that was stopped by police near the corner of 23rd and Susquehanna last year.

Hetznecker says police boxed in the car, then drew their guns, shooting driver Frederick Bell 12 times and killing Moses.

“Police acted far beyond the scope of their authority and their power,” Hetznecker claims.  “They used excessive force in a situation where it was a car stop with two unarmed individuals.  This should never have been the result.”

Both Bell and Moses are said to have lengthy rap sheets, a fact that Hetznecker says is irrelevant to their case:

“I have a tremendous concern with police essentially trying to justify their actions after the fact by claiming that the lengthy police record somehow devalues the life of Jamil Moses.  I think that is a pretty outrageous position to take.”

Jerry Mondesire, president of the Philadelphia branch of the NAACP, says police efforts to thwart crime has led to serious abuses.

“We’re going to file a formal request with the US attorney to ask for a full federal investigation into the killing of Mr. Moses, as well as several of the other shootings that have resulted in death,” Mondesire said today.

Moses’ mother says her son, a father of three, will be sorely missed.

“He had a big heart and he loved his family,” Carolyn Moses said with tears in her eyes. “My heart is broke.”

A Philadelphia police spokesman declined to comment on the case in light of the pending litigation.



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  • Laura

    This makes me sick. He was a criminal and no one seems to want to acknowledge it. Had he not been in a stolen car, he would not have been shot. The NAACP is racist and a joke.


    C’mon Miss Moses “He had a big heart and he loved his family,” Carolyn Moses said with tears in her eyes. “My heart is broke.Where were you at when he was getting arrested Miss Moses, he had a lenghty police record at 24 years old.Sounds like you trying to get paid to me mom.

  • Hater

    Momma Moses obviously didn’t give a rat’s azz about lil Jamil while he was terrorizing the city. Now she wants to “get paid”. F**k her and the NAACP!

  • Georges

    I’m glad someone misses this criminal, I won’t, the police did the world and that car owner a favor. It would only have been a matter of time before one or both of these idiots shot someone. The police might have made a mistake but who knows what they would have tried upon further trying to apprehend these two criminals, should they further risk their lives after the chase trying to arrest these two knuckleheads? They stole, they ran, they got caught and they’re lifelong criminals, end of story, right? Nooo, here comes the NAACP, headline grabbing Mondesire and some a-hole lawyer to save the day!

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