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Police officer to be fired for fatally shooting 12-year-old

The police officer who shot and killed 12-year-old Thomas Siderio is being suspended with intent to dismiss, PPD Commissioner Outlaw announced.

  • It’s unclear if Siderio tossed his gun before getting shot in the back, but police aren’t supposed to shoot fleeing suspects. The union arbitration process means the suspended officer is likely to get his job back.

There’s no body cam footage from the incident, since the officers were undercover. Siderio’s father is suing all four officers involved, CBS3 reports.

Philly resident tells the story of his wife’s escape from Kyiv

Sean Moir lives in East Falls, but his heart is in Ukraine. His wife has been stuck in Kyiv, caring for her ailing mother as war erupted around them.

  • After initially resisting the push to flee because of her mom’s frail health, fighting got bad enough that Valentyna Levytsky and her brother decided to go for it and drive out.

Moir was in touch with them as they traveled, Jordan Levy reports, taking a circuitous route to avoid the fighting and make it to relative safety in Lviv.

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Weekly brief on gun violence prevention (with PCGVR)

We publish this report each week in partnership with the Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting at the Community College of Philadelphia. 

By the numbers in Philadelphia

  • 43: Shooting victims recorded last week, vs. 43 the week prior [Open Data Philly]
  • 152: Shooting victims in February, down from 189 in January [@pcgvr]
  • 375: Shooting victims this year, 3% ahead of last year [PCGVR]
  • 98: Year-to-date homicides, 10% ahead of last year [Philly Police]
  • 627: Gunpoint robberies, 56% ahead of last year [PPD Google Drive]
  • 574: Aggravated assaults with a gun, 13% below last year [PPD Google Drive]

MAYOR WATCH

No public events on the schedule for Philly’s 99th mayor today.

ON THE CALENDAR

🍸 Billy Penn event: Join us for pub trivia about the city you love. Our monthly Philly Quizzo night is back at Jose Pistola’s in Center City. Free RSVP, happy hour specials, and prizes for the top score. See you there. (6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 23)

📷 The Our House Culture Center in Northwest Philly hosts “Femme Noire,” a live music and happy hour reception showcasing works by six Black women photographers. Tickets are $10-$15. (4 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 11)

🍁 Learn how to make your own syrup at the Cobbs Creek Maple Sugaring Festival, with tree tapping tours, sap boiling lessons, candy making and pancake tasting. (11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 12)

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