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DA Krasner Statement on Investigation of PPD Shooting of Thomas Siderio

PHILADELPHIA (March 8, 2022) – District Attorney Larry Krasner on Tuesday issued the following statement on the ongoing investigation of the shooting death of Thomas Siderio, 12, who was killed by Philadelphia Police on March 1, 2022, in the Girard Estates section of the city:

“All incidents involving law enforcement that result in the death of a civilian are investigated by Philadelphia Police as well as by the District Attorney’s Office Special Investigations Unit, which also investigates and prosecutes official misconduct and corruption. The death of a child is always a tragedy, and in this instance, a factually complex and deeply troubling one based on preliminary investigative information.

“As prosecutors, we have a duty to seek justice by following the facts and law, wherever they lead us. Philadelphians are owed a comprehensive and transparent accounting of all activity surrounding the circumstances of young Thomas Siderio’s death and an unbiased and thorough investigation. When it is appropriate for us to do so, we will disclose findings of our currently active investigation and decision on whether or not to pursue any criminal charges.”

CONTACT:  Jane Roh, 215-686-8711, Jane.Roh@phila.gov

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