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3 Philadelphia-area cops fired after killing 8-year-old girl at high school football game

(The AEGIS Alliance) – 3 Philadelphia suburban area cops got fired on Thursday evening, only a couple of days following them facing manslaughter charges for the police shooting death of an 8-year-old girl back in August of 2021.

Sharon Hill police officers named Devon Smith, Sean Dolan, and also Brian Devaney got fired as the result of a 6-1 vote coming from the City Council, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

From left, Brian Devaney, Sean Dolan, and Devon Smith were fired from the Sharon Hill police department on Thursday night. (AP)

The 3 cops faced manslaughter charges on Tuesday for the fatal police shooting death of Fanta Bility that had been strolling out of a high school football game when the 3 cops began firing gunshots.

Neither the 3 cops nor their lawyers went to Thursday evening’s hearing.

Fanta had been walking out of an August 27 game held at Academy Park High School, only 6 miles west of Philadelphia’s downtown area, when a number of gunshots were heard. Smith, Dolan, as well as Devaney, had been outside the game for their crowd control duty, and also 2 of the shots entered into their direction.

In reaction, the 3 cops combined to discharge 25 rounds of gunfire toward a passing automobile and right into a group of folks leaving the game, Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer said. Their bullets hit 4 individuals with Fanta dying from the gunfire, and wounding 3 more, including her sister.

Smith, Dolan, and Devaney are all facing manslaughter charges, involuntary manslaughter, as well as reckless endangerment. The first gunshots didn’t come from the automobile or even near the stadium, detectives discovered.

Protesters demonstrate calling for police accountability in the death of 8-year-old Fanta Bility. (Matt Rourke/AP)

41-year-old Devaney worked for the department since 2005; Smith, 34, had been employed in 2015, and age 25 Dolan had been a part-time cop that was hired on in July.

Fanta’s family members have additionally submitted a civil rights lawsuit in federal court against the 3 cops as well as the Sharon Hill area.

Two teens that had been one block over from the stadium, are actually facing charges for the shooting that alarmed the police officers. Hasein Strand, currently 19, gave a guilty plea to unlawful ownership of a gun and aggravated assault charges for him injuring of a child bystander in the course of the gunfight. The other teen male suspect that’s 16 is charged with trying to murder Strand.

Jeffrey Childers – The AEGIS Alliance – This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

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