Man Stopped In Car Linked To A Homicide Rams Police Cars And Tries To Kill Multiple Officers Before Being Shot Dead
Philadelphia police say Dennis Plowden, 25, was fatally shot by a plainclothes officer Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. on 16th Street and Nedro Avenue.
Plowden was observed driving a vehicle wanted in connection to a homicide and was pulled over by police at 16th Street and Nedro Avenue. A female was in the passenger seat of the vehicle Plowden was driving.
Plowden then rammed a police car, "contacting the officer," before he began ramming several other parked vehicles in an attempt to escape police. Plowden's reckless attempt to evade officers caused extensive damage to vehicles and was threatening the lives of the officers and the public on scene.
Police said Plowden then exited and attempted to run away from officers, ignoring all verbal commands to show his hands.
Plowden made a poor decision to abruptly move his hands to his waistband, making a "furtive" movement, contrary to multiple verbal commands issued by police. One officer was then forced to protect himself and fired one shot striking Plowden in the head, killing him.
In an exclusive interview with NBC 10, Plowden's wife was reported as saying, "Why did you shoot this man in his head?" asked his wife, Tania Bond. "He was unarmed. He was not dangerous."
According to NBC 10 multiple witnesses came forward and stated they heard police officers giving Plowden verbal commands before he was shot and killed.
Some news outlets irresponsibly highlighting irrelevant elements of this incident in order to misrepresent it with an inflammatory and false tone. Some media sources are reporting and suggesting that the police shot an "unarmed black father of two" in order to twist the actual facts and circumstances that led up to Plowden's death.
The actual facts reveal that Plowden made a series of conscious decisions including him intentionally ramming cars, striking an officer in order to evade his lawful arrest/detention. Plowden placed multiple lives in life-threatening danger including his life, his female passenger, the public, and all the officers on location.
The fact that Plowden did not have a gun does not negate the fact that he was using a deadly weapon (his vehicle) in an attempt to kill police officers by running them over. It also does not negate the fact that Plowden reached for his waistband after having been given specific verbal commands by police not to do that, as corroborated by witnesses who came forward in the area.
Plowden's wife's comments are just mind-shockingly absurd. She actually wants everyone to overlook all of the life-threatening risks he posed to the public and police officers on location when she said, "He was unarmed. He was not dangerous."
The fact that some media outlets are misrepresenting and altering the facts of the incident in their headlines in order to push the false narrative of "unarmed black man shot by police" isn't surprising, but it's still wrong and irresponsible.
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