February 26, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
IN RE: BRANDON TATE-BROWN, deceased
MEDICAL EXAMINER RECORDS: CLICK HERE.
Today, our investigation has uncovered new police inconsistencies in the Police shooting death of Brandon-Tate Brown.
- PHILADELPHIA MEDICAL EXAMINER RECORDS: DETAILS PROVIDED TO MEDICAL EXAMINER ON DATE OF SHOOTING DIFFERENT FROM CURRENT OFFICIAL POLICE ACCOUNT OF INCIDENT
- POLICE TOLD A DIFFERENT STORY TO MEDICAL EXAMINER CONCERNING THE DEATH OF BRANDON TATE-BROWN
- NO MENTION OF HEADLIGHTS AS REASON FOR STOP
- ALLEGED GUN NOT SEEN UNTIL AFTER TATE-BROWN ASKED TO EXIT VEHICLE
- POLICE CLAIMED GUN ONLY SEEN BY ONE OFFICER, WELL INTO THE VEHICLE STOP, NOT BY THE OFFICERS UPON APPROACHING THE VEHICLE
- VIDEO OF THE SHOOTING VIEWED BY TANYA DICKERSON AND BRIAN MILDENBERG, ESQ. AT POLICE INTERNAL AFFAIRS, CONFIRMS POLICE DID NOT SEE GUN IMMEDIATELY; ON VIDEO, POLICE ARE SEEN INTERACTING WITH TATE-BROWN WITH NO STRUGGLE FOR SEVERAL MINUTES.
- ACCORDING TO ACCOUNT TOLD TO MEDICAL EXAMINER, HE WAS ASKED TO EXIT VEHICLE BECAUSE LICENSE PLATES DID NOT INITIALLY MATCH INQUIRY, NOT BECAUSE POLICE SAW A GUN.
- FIVE HOURS AFTER THE INCIDENT, POLICE STILL HAD “NOTHING IN WRITING” AND WERE STILL “INTERVIEWING” THE OFFICERS INVOLVED.
- DETAILS AND DOCUMENTS ATTACHED BELOW:
Mildenberg Law Firm, P.C. has obtained documents from the official Medical Examiner’s Report of Death Investigation in the case of Brandon Tate-Brown, who was shot in the head from behind by a Philadelphia Police Officer during a traffic stop on December 15, 2014.
These documents show that the contemporaneous details provided to the Medical Examiner by police as part of the Examiner’s official investigation into the death are different and inconsistent with the details currently forming the Police Department’s official account of the incident. These documents, and subsequent changes to the factual claims by the Police Department, raise questions as to the accuracy and integrity of the police investigation. As a result, Tanya Dickerson, the mother of Brandon Tate-Brown, continues to respectfully demand that all evidence, videos, and police interviews relating to this case be immediately released for investigation and review.
INCIDENT STARTED AS ‘STANDARD CAR STOP’
According to the Medical Examiner’s Report, the incident began at approximately 2:40 a.m. At approximately 3:29 a.m., the Medical Examiner’s office received a telephone call from Detective Scally, of the Philadelphia Police Homicide Unit, to report that Brandon Tate-Brown was shot by police. At that time, the Detective stated, according to the Medical Examiner’s records, that the “incident started out as a standard car stop,” and provided “no further details.”
MORE THAN FIVE HOURS AFTER THE INCIDENT, POLICE TOLD MEDICAL EXAMINER THEY WERE STILL INTERVIEWING OFFICERS AND HAD NOTHING TO PROVIDE IN WRITING
At 5:46 a.m., the Medical Examiner called Homicide and spoke with Detective Hagan, and “requested copies of the police interviews for the job be faxed to the MEO once they are complete.”
At 7:54 a.m., the Medical Examiner again called Homicide and learned that, more than five (5) hours after the incident, “[t]hey are still in the process of interviewing the officers and don’t have anything in writing.”
POLICE TOLD MEDICAL EXAMINER LICENSE PLATES WERE THE ISSUE; NO MENTION OF HEADLIGHTS OUT IN EXAMINER’S REPORT
POLICE STATE THAT THEY DID NOT SEE A GUN UNTIL AFTER PULLING BRANDON-TATE BROWN OVER, SPEAKING WITH HIM, RUNNING HIS PLATES, AND THEN ASKING HIM TO STEP OUT OF THE CAR
At 7:54 a.m., although Homicide indicated they had “nothing in writing,” the Medical Examiner was advised by Homicide that:
[W]hat they know so far is that the incident started as a car stop. The decedent said he was renting the car from a specific company. When the police ran the plates, the plate came back to a different rental car company. They ask the decedent to step out of the car, and the second officer notices a gun between the console and the seat. He tells the other officer. The decedent starts to fight with the officer. Both officers end up struggling with the decedent from the street onto the sidewalk. The decedent get [sic] free of both of them and goes for the open car door where the gun was seen. One officer shoots the decedent once in the head. There will not be any other official report until later.
Philadelphia Medical Examiner Report, Case No. 14-05016, Brandon Tate-Brown, deceased (emphasis added).
In the Medical Examiner’s investigation, there was no mention by police that the reason for the car stop was that Brandon Tate-Brown’s headlights were not turned on.
OFFICIAL POLICE STATEMENT ISSUED LATER THAT DAY DIFFERS FROM CONTEMPORANEOUS ACCOUNT TOLD TO MEDICAL EXAMINER; NO MENTION OF LICENSE PLATE PROBLEMS
Later, at 10:13 a.m., the Police Department, acting through Lt. John Stanford, Office of Media Relations, sent out an official press release notifying the media of the details of the incident, stating as follows:
Monday morning December 15, 2014, at approximately 2:45am, 15th District officers working in full police uniform, operating a marked police vehicle, observed a White Dodge Charger with a Florida tag driving without headlights. The officers stopped this vehicle for investigation as a result of that traffic violation. Upon approaching the vehicle the officers observed a handgun in the center console area of the vehicle. The officers asked the male to exit the vehicle and upon exiting a struggled ensued between the male and the officers. The male forced his way back to his vehicle and attempted to retrieve the gun when one of the officers discharged his weapon striking the male once in the head….
Id. (emphasis added).
CURRENT OFFICIAL ACCOUNT POSTED ON POLICE WEBSITE PROVIDES YET A THIRD INCONSISTENT VERSION OF THE SHOOTING; POLICE NOW ALSO CLAIM THAT BRANDON TATE-BROWN “REACHED FOR HIS WAISTBAND,” A NEVER-BEFORE HEARD CLAIM
Still later, the Police Department posted an official description of the incident to the Philadelphia Police website page indexing officer involved shootings at https://www.phillypolice.com/ois/. In that description, the Police Department states as follows:
On Monday, December 15, 2014, at approximately 2:40 A.M., uniformed officers, in a marked police vehicle, stopped a vehicle for traffic violations (headlights were not on) in the 6600 block of Frankford Avenue. The vehicle was occupied by one male. Upon approaching the vehicle, one of the officers observed a firearm inside the vehicle. The officers instructed the male operator of the vehicle to exit the vehicle. As the male exited the vehicle, a struggle ensued between the male and the officers. At one point, the offender reached for his waistband, after which he broke free from the officers. The offender ran to the passenger side of his vehicle and was reaching for the weapon in the vehicle, when one of the officers discharged his weapon, striking the offender.
- At 7:54 a.m., Police told the Medical Examiner that, when they stopped him, Brandon stated he was renting car from a rental agency, but that when they ran his plates, the car came back to a different rental car agency. Apparently, this was the original reason for asking Brandon to step out of the vehicle, not because the officers saw a gun as they approached the vehicle, contrary to what police would later tell the public and media. The Medical Examiner’s records also do not indicate that the reason for the stop was driving without headlights.
- At 7:54 a.m., Police told the Medical Examiner that after the plates did not come back matching the rental agency name, they asked Brandon Tate-Brown to step out of vehicle, and only then did one of the officers “notice a gun between the console and the seat” at which point that officer told the other officer. The police claim that Brandon then started to fight with the police officers. It is important to note that the details concerning the checking of license plates conforms to the video of the incident viewed by Tanya Dickerson and Brian Mildenberg, Esquire. In the video, the police officers are seen interacting with Brandon Tate-Brown after pulling him over for several minutes without struggle. This was apparently the time when they were asking him questions and running his license plate. It was only after this several minutes of interaction did any struggle begin. If the police saw the gun “upon approaching the vehicle,” there would not have been several minutes of police interacting with and speaking with Brandon Tate-Brown. The story that they saw the gun when they approached the vehicle, which is being told to the public as the official story, just does not hold up.
- In yet a third version of the story, currently published on the Philadelphia Police Department website, additional details were added, including that Brandon “reached for his waistband,” a tale that was never before heard, which appears to the Tate-Brown family to be an additional embellishment to convince the public that the officers were justified.
MEDICAL EXAMINER RECORDS: CLICK HERE.
- DOCUMENTS FROM MEDICAL EXAMINER’S REPORT
- OFFICIAL POLICE STATEMENT OF 12/15/2014
- POLICE WEBSITE MATERIALS AND STATEMENT CONCERNING THE INCIDENT, PRESENTLY POSTED ON OFFICIAL PHILADELPHIA POLICE OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING WEBSITE INDEX
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