The case is causing a stir, the only people charged in the death of little Fanta Bility, an 8-year-old girl, are the two teenagers who provoked the police intervention.
Officers shoot but miss and kill 8-year-old girl
Fanta Bility was mistakenly shot and killed by police when she was only eight years old. According to prosecutors, the police officers, who were aiming at the wrong target, are not to blame for her death.
This is the new case that is causing controversy in the United States, where the only people accused of the death of little Fanta Bility are the two teenagers, aged 16 and 18, who triggered the police action.
The case dates back to August 27, when officers were called to the outskirts of Philadelphia for a shooting that was taking place outside a local sports field, where a youth soccer game was being played.
When they arrived at the scene, the officers began firing at a car that they mistakenly believed to be the source of the gunfire, but inside was the family of the boy, who was shot and killed.
Investigation of the case
Now, nearly three months after the fatal shooting, prosecutors have acknowledged that it was police gunfire that struck Fanta and three other injured bystanders, but have determined that the two teens are solely responsible because they “initiated the events leading up to the fatal shooting.”
The two teens were charged with first-degree murder, while the three officers involved in the death of the girl, the daughter of African immigrants, were not prosecuted and can continue to work normally.
This decision has sparked outrage in the community and anger among the family, who fear that the police are trying to evade their responsibilities. The Bility family has also filed a lawsuit against the town of Sharon Hill and the local police department.
The charges are based on the legal theory that the two teens caused Fanta’s death by their actions of killing each other.