Judge drops murder charge against Philadelphia police officer who shot driver during traffic stop
A judge on Tuesday dismissed all charges, including murder, against the Philadelphia police officer who had been accused of wrongfully killing a motorist last month.
Insufficient evidence leads to dismissal of charges
The video was played in court Tuesday, but Philadelphia Municipal Judge Wendy Pew ruled there was not enough evidence to go to trial, bringing an emotional reaction from Irizarry’s loved ones in court.
Defense argues self-defense
The defense argued that Dial believed Irizarry had a gun and could be seen backing away from the vehicle as he opened fire. The video showed that Irizarry had been holding a knife in his right hand, supporting the defense’s claim of self-defense.
Prosecutors vow to appeal
Despite the dismissal of charges, prosecutors have vowed to appeal the ruling and bring charges against Dial again. The District Attorney’s Office disagrees with the decision and will seek to reinstate all criminal charges, including murder.