3 Pennsylvania Officers Fired for Death of 8-Year-Old Fanta Bility

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Three Pennsylvania officers have been fired after they were charged in connection to the murder of 8-year-old Fanta Bility.

WARNING: This story contains discussions of a shooting involving police officers. 

Three Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania, police officers are out of a job after being charged in connection to the shooting death of 8-year-old Fanta Bility, per CNN

Following the death of Fanta, officers Devon Smith, Sean Dolan and Brian Devaney have each been charged with one case of voluntary manslaughter, one count of involuntary manslaughter and 10 counts of reckless endangerment, BNC previously reported

Last August, the little girl was killed while standing outside a football game with her family. 

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Officers were dispatched after Angelo “AJ” Ford and Hasein Strand opened fire outside a high school football game. The three men, who were watching the football game’s exit, opened fire on a vehicle that was going along the street between the officers and the stadium, as well as people leaving the event. 

As the teens were leaving, the officers fired four shots, one of which hit Fanta. They also struck a car driven by two girls who were uninvolved and on their way to a football game. 

Strand pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and illegal firearm possession. He received a sentence of 32-64 months in prison and is being placed under court supervision until 2030. Ford is still charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and having a firearm. 

Family attorney Bruce Castor Jr. previously said he wants the focus of the investigation to be placed on the officers, calling the decision to fire them “the right call,” NBC News reported

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“The one thing they didn’t understand is why those other two shooter were charged in Fanta’s death. It didn’t make a lot of sense to them,” he said of the family, per Fox 29 News. “But frankly, it takes a lot of courage to realize you’re going down a blind alley and back yourself out of it and decide to go the right way. And I think that’s what’s happening here.” 

If you or someone you know is struggling from trauma triggered by shootings involving police officers, resources are available here.

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