Police shoot innocent pizza delivery man because he wore a hoodie and held his hands in the pocketsBy Mason White 12:45 PM April 29, 2014
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(Scroll down for video) Police officers shot and critically wounded an innocent pizza delivery man because they were afraid of him, police in Pennsylvania said.
The victim, who is in critical condition, remains in a hospital several days after being shot by the two police officers in Philadelphia.
According to the initial police investigation, the victim may have thought that the shooters were fake cops. The police officers told investigators that they believed the young man was about to run them down his Ford Taurus.
20-year-old Philippe Holland, was delivering pizza for the Slices and More Pizzeria and Grill, when the incident occurred. Holland was delivering pizza near 51st Street and Willows Avenue, just before 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday night.
At the same time, the two officers, who were not in uniform, came to the area after hearing gunshots. “The saw this man walking with a hoodie. He had his hands in his pockets and then they ordered him to stop. At that point, Holland returned to his car and began to drive away. That is when the officers fired their weapons,” a spokesperson for the Philadelphia Police Department said.
Holland was shot in the leg, neck and head. The officers have been taken off the street pending the outcome of the investigation.