Aug 27, 2021, 12:00 PM
Sharon Hill, PA 19079, USA
"Fanta Bility, an 8 year old Black girl, was with her family at a Friday night high school football game in Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania on August 27, 2021. On leaving the game, there was a shootout that had occurred nearby between multiple Black teenage boys and Sharon police officers were searching for the car they had thought was owned by one of the boys involved in the shooting. Officers fired dozens of shots at a car moving through a crowd after gunfire broke out near the football field, with one of the shots killing Fanta. While the prosecution had initially charged the teenage boys with murder, these charges for the teenagers were dropped when a subsequent investigation concluded that the shots that killed Fanta were from the police officers. The police officers were initially charged with manslaughter. The three officers involved were fired from the Sharon Hill Borough Police Department a few days after charges were recommended. As of November 11, 2022, the three former police officers who were charged with killing Fanta Bility, pleaded guilty on November 10th, 2022 to ten counts each of reckless endangerment (as part of the plea deals, the more serious charges of manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter against the three former Sharon Hill Borough officers were dropped). They will remain free on bail while awaiting their sentencing hearing scheduled for January"