Sunday, August 8, 2010

The Most Hated Cops - Philadelphia's Finest reports on the late-coming but not unexpected development in the George Marko case.

For 2 1/2 years, friends and relatives of George Marko and Abebe Isaac have wondered how it would all play out.

Marko, a veteran Philadelphia police officer, was on duty shortly after midnight on New Year's Day in 2008, when he responded to a report of gunfire in East Germantown. He wound up firing 11 shots into a rowhouse after a suspect, Dontate Mitchell, ran inside.

Isaac, 33, was an unarmed man inside that house. He was wounded five times and died a week later. Three other people who were inside, including a 9-year-old boy, also were wounded.

What's your opinion? Does Officer Marko sound like the kind of policeman who can responsibly decide how and when to use his gun? Do you think the District Attorney sometimes delays these kinds of decisions as a strategy? What do you think Internal Affairs will do?

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  1. Not enough details in this article. Was the officer shooting at random spots in the house? Did he have shelter were he could've waited the incident out until back-up or swat arrived? Where were the kid and unarmed man in closeness to the suspect? Too many questions.

  2. Too many questions for what, Michaelg? I'd say, "11 shots into a rowhouse after a suspect, Dontate Mitchell, ran inside" is pretty clear, especially since some of those shots hit three people.