07-07-2012, 07:18 PM #1
PA - Lawrence Allen, 19, shot & paralyzed by off-duty Philly cop, 17 Nov 2008
After nearly four years of investigation, two former Philadelphia police officers were charged Friday in the fatal off-duty shooting of a West Oak Lane teenager trying to play "peacemaker" in a dispute over a stolen pizza, District Attorney Seth Williams announced.
Chauncey Ellison Sr., 39, a former sergeant assigned to the 22d District, was charged with voluntary manslaughter for shooting Lawrence Allen, 19, once in the back in November 2008 outside of Allen's home on the 1900 block of Renovo Street.
Ellison and his then-girlfriend, Robin Fortune, 44, also an officer in the 22d District at the time, had encountered Allen while searching for a 16-year-old who had punched Ellison's son, 14, and stole his pizza.
Allen was not involved in the robbery and was trying to calm the situation down, even offering to pay for the pizza, Williams said.
Ellison shot Allen after a brief argument, Williams said, and the bullet severed Allen's spinal cord, leaving the father of three a paraplegic.
Allen spent the rest of his life in hospitals, fighting medical complications stemming from the shooting. He died in February 2009........
Rosie Rosado, 24, the mother of Allen's three children, said she broke into tears when she got the call Friday morning from the District Attorney's Office.
"I'm grateful to Seth Williams," she said, "for looking at this case as long as he has."
She said she regarded this as "a little taste of justice."
She said she has seen Allen's face every day in the faces of their three small children, the youngest of whom she was carrying when Allen was killed (shot)...........
Williams, who took office in 2010 promising to take a fresh look at controversial police-shooting investigations like Allen's, said the charges against the former cops delivered a clear message.
"We will prosecute you for your crimes, no matter who you are, no matter what job title you may have," he said during an afternoon news conference.
"This young man was shot over a pizza by someone who was supposed to protect and serve our community," Williams said. "Words cannot adequately describe how tragic that is."
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11-19-2015, 11:19 AM #2
From January 2014:
Saying they acted "in a reckless and shameless way," a Philadelphia judge sentenced two ex-Philadelphia police officers to 11 1/2 to 23 months in prison Friday for an off-duty showdown over a stolen pizza that ended in the fatal shooting of a West Oak Lane man...
On Nov. 26, a jury deadlocked on the manslaughter and conspiracy counts, convicted the pair for reckless endangerment, and acquitted Ellison - who had claimed self-defense - of gun and conspiracy counts.
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