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Ex-cop convicted of manslaughter of unarmed Black man

A former Philadelphia police officer who shot and killed an unarmed Black man in 2017 after a high-speed chase was convicted Wednesday of voluntary manslaughter, however discovered not responsible on the extra critical cost of third-degree homicide.

Eric Ruch Jr., a 34-year-old white man, testified that he feared for his life when he thought he noticed Dennis Plowden Jr., 25, increase a gun on Dec, 27, 2017, in response to the Philadelphia Inquirer. However no weapon was discovered.

As an alternative, Ruch “shot a surrendering unarmed man within the head,” prosecutor Vincent Corrigan mentioned in closing statements, and his fellow officers “instructed lies to attempt to assist a good friend beat a homicide cost.”

Ruch started chasing Plowden after presumably figuring out his white Hyundai as a automotive tied to a homicide investigation, in response to officers. The automotive chase spanned three blocks at greater than 75 miles per hour earlier than Plowden crashed into three parked automobiles, bought out of his car, walked a number of steps and sat down, seemingly dazed, in response to the Inquirer.

Responding officers, together with Ruch’s companion, Anthony Comitalo, testified that Plowden reached towards his pocket simply earlier than Ruch fired the deadly shot into his head. Not one of the officers had been sporting physique cameras on the time.

Prosecutors mentioned that Plowden’s left hand was masking his face when Ruch fired, seemingly an act of submission and surrender.

No gun was discovered on the scene.

Final 12 months, Plowden’s widow, Tania Bond, gained a $1.2 million wrongful dying settlement from the town of Philadelphia.

Ruch is the primary Philadelphia police officer to go to trial on a homicide case in nearly 40 years. Two others, in opposition to former officers Ryan Pownall and Edsaul Mendoza, are nonetheless pending.

He faces as much as 25 years in jail at his Nov. 17 sentencing.

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