In Philadelphia, protesters took to the streets after a judge dismissed all charges, including first-degree murder, against former police officer Mark Dial in the August killing of Eddie Irizarry. Dial fatally shot Irizarry at near point-blank range as he sat in his car after being pulled over. Prosecutors have vowed to appeal the ruling. Irizarry was reportedly suffering from mental health challenges at the time. His family expressed outrage following the ruling. This is his aunt speaking to The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Zoraida Garcia: “The way I feel, the way the family feel, is everybody’s upset because of the decision that this judge made today. You know, she said we didn’t have — the DA didn’t have enough evidence towards. Though how much more evidence do you need if the evidence was there? All the videos was there. The whole city have all the videos. So, for you to sit here and say it was not enough evidence, then that was wrong. You know, it proved today that a police officer can kill somebody and get away with murder.”