Philadelphia police officer who shot Eddie Irizarry is charged with murder

September 9, 2023

A Philadelphia police officer is now facing murder charges after he shot and killed a man who was sitting in his car. 

The police officer, according to ABC News, is 27-year-old Mark Dial. Dial is a five-year veteran of the Philadelphia Police Department.

In addition to being charged with murder, the outlet reports that Dial has been charged with voluntary manslaughter, aggravated assault, simple assault, reckless endangerment of another person, and official oppression.

Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner revealed the charges in a press conference that he held on Friday. And, in addition to the charges, Krasner also released the unedited body camera footage from the incident.

What happened?

The incident in question took place on Aug. 14, 2023. The victim is 27-year-old Eddie Irizarry.

Initially, it was claimed that officers shot at Irizarry after he refused to comply with "multiple commands" that they gave him to drop a knife. Initial reports even claim that Irizarry "lunged at" the officers, prompting the shooting. But, these initial reports were quickly retracted, and, now, the body camera footage confirms that they were, at least partially, false.

What the newly released footage shows is Dial approaching Irizarry as he is sitting in his car with his windows rolled up.

The New York Post reports:

The 22 minutes of footage show Dial shouting at Irizarry, who remained in his vehicle in the Kensington neighborhood of North Philadelphia. “Show me your hands, I will f****** shoot you,” he can be heard yelling at Irizarry, before he fires six shots through the window at nearly point-blank range.

Then, the video shows the aftermath of the shooting, including Dial and another officer pulling Irizarry out of his car, loading him into their patrol car, and rushing him to a nearby hospital, where he would die from the gunshots.

The other side of the story

Krasner stated on Friday that "these videos speak for themselves," referring to the body camera footage.

But, as the reader might suspect, there does appear to be more to this story.

Here's what one of Dial's attorneys said on Friday, in response to the charges:

To charge officer Mark Dial with murder is abhorrent. The undisputed facts of the case are that an individual made an illegal turn right in front of police officers, took off at a high rate of speed, and then tried to evade officers by going down a one-way street the wrong way, tried to hide from them, and, when police officers ordered him to show his hands, he instead produced a weapon and pointed it at an armed police officer.

Dial was arraigned on Friday. He was released after posting 10% of his bail, which was set at $500,000.

Next up will be a preliminary hearing, which is scheduled for Sept. 26.

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