12/11/2012

Civil case over fatal shooting by officer continues

The civil-rights case represents a coda of sorts to one of the more divisive cases involving city police

By John P. Martin
The Philadelphia Inquirer

PHILADELPHIA — A federal jury ended its first day of deliberations Monday without resolving a claim that the City of Philadelphia ignored signs that Officer Frank Tepper was a reckless and dangerous policeman before he fatally shot a 21-year-old man outside his Port Richmond home in 2009.

After listening to closing arguments and deliberating three hours, the panel sent a question late in the day to U.S. District Judge Legrome D. Davis. The judge didn't disclose the nature of the question but told the jury he and the lawyers would answer it when they return Tuesday.

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