Philadelphia, PA — A 19-year-old man is in critical condition suffering gunshot wounds inflicted on him by his father — a Philadelphia cop. In spite of the officer admitting that he fired the weapon, no charges have been filed against him — for obvious reasons.
Monday afternoon, at approximately 6:30 pm, police responded to multiple calls about shots fired at a northeast Philadelphia residence; home of the unnamed police officer. Police say the officer got into an argument with his son, which then escalated into a physical altercation. During the altercation, the officer brandished a gun and fired, striking his son in the torso.
According to police, there were four people inside the home.
On Tuesday morning, Police Commissioner Richard Ross said in a statement to ABC6 News, that the shot was ‘accidental or inadvertent.’ This claim was made in spite of any evidence as the officer involved has not been interviewed by internal affairs.
“Apparently, they got into some type of a scuffle, argument or something. The off-duty (sic) accidentally or inadvertently discharged his weapon,” claimed Ross.
To assert from the get go that the officer’s decision to fire his gun at his son was accidental, speaks to the nature of the thin blue line of protection. This cop admitted to shooting his own son, hasn’t been questioned yet, but here’s the commissioner immediately claiming it was an accident.
The commissioner’s claim of an accidental discharge, or an inadvertent stray round would likely hold more water — had the cop not shot him twice.
That’s right. According to police, the officer’s gun was fired twice, striking the 19-year-old man in the torso.
The officer is enjoying special treatment and was not even interviewed by internal affairs. Instead, according to ABC6, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office will decide whether the officer will be charged. Must be nice.
As for the other two occupants of the home during the shooting, including the officer’s other son, they have not been afforded the same convenience. Both of them have been held for questioning.
Had the man inside the home not been employed as a Philadelphia police officer, you can rest assured that he would be in jail, or, at the very least, he would’ve been questioned.
However, this man did have a badge which granted him the privilege of police circling the wagons and protecting him.
Shockingly enough, this is not an isolated incident. Last year Palm Beach police officer Shatara K. Shatara was afforded the same blue privilege after he too killed his own son.
On Christmas Eve, Shatara killed his son Khamis, 21, during a domestic dispute. Ironically, Khamis was aspiring to be a cop. However, he was apparently mentally ill.
For 9-months, and without ever facing a single charge, Shatara enjoyed a paid vacation, only to be quietly placed back on regular duty last September.
Nothing exposes the tendency of police to quickly escalate to deadly violence quite like police officers shooting their own children.