DELAWARE COUNTY, Pa. (CBS) — Social justice groups protested in Delaware County Thursday afternoon. They’re calling for action in the death of 8-year-old Fanta Bility.
Both Delco Resists and U.D.T.J. say the Sharon Hill officers who opened fire in August 2021 should be held responsible.READ MORE: Embiid's Double-Double Helps 76ers Hold Off Spurs, 115-109
On Aug. 27, 2021, shots rang out after the Academy Park-Pennsybury football game. Witnesses said 18-year-old Hasein Strand and 16-year-old Angelo “AJ” Ford fired at each other outside of the game. Four officers were at the game helping people exit. When they heard the shots, they opened fire.
An investigation revealed law enforcement fire killed Fanta. A grand jury is looking into possible charges against the police officers involved.
In November, District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer announced Ford and Strand, 18, faced first-degree murder charges in the child’s death.READ MORE: Philadelphia Police: Suspect Arrested After Double Shooting Inside Frankford Market Leaves 2 Men Critically Injured
The protesters had a message for Sharon Hill Police and Stollsteimer.
“We will never forget the tragedy that occurred that night, here in our own backyard in Delaware County and moving forward we need to be sure this never happens to another family,” a protester said.
The rally coincided with a preliminary hearing for Ford. Strand has not been apprehended.MORE NEWS: Family, Friends Hold Vigil For Woman Killed In North Philadelphia Hit-And-Run
The community in Delaware County has been vocal before about this topic since the beginning, saying there can’t be justice until the officers involved are charged. Fanta’s family is suing the police department, calling the behavior of officers “reckless.”