Philadelphia to pay $4.4 million to delivery worker shot by police in 2014


E.P. Milligan

The city of Philadelphia has agreed to pay $4.4 million to Phillippe Holland, a 20-year-old college student who police seriously wounded in 2014 while he was attempting to deliver takeout food.

Two plainclothes officers fired into Holland’s Ford Taurus 14 times, striking him in the head and body. Then-Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey announced shortly after the shooting that officers Mitchell Farrell and Kevin Hanvey had shot at the wrong man.

The settlement is the largest to be paid out for a police shooting in Philadelphia’s history, according to the city’s Law Department records. On Friday, the mayor’s office callously dismissed the shooting as the result of “an unfortunate, regrettable series of events.”

Though the city has awarded Holland a record settlement, the incident has radically altered the young man’s life. He still has bullet fragments in his brain that doctors were unable to remove. He has been left with a permanent seizure disorder and his face is disfigured with a scar from the bullet wound.

Holland was delivering a cheeseburger to a house in West Philadelphia on April 22, 2014, when Farrell and Hanvey responded to reports of gunshots in the area.

The young man gave a chilling recount of events in a court deposition. He said that when he saw plainclothes officers Farrell and Hanvey approach him, he thought he was about to be robbed—not an uncommon occurrence for food delivery workers, which are easy targets. He slipped into his car through the passenger door when one officer shined a light into his car and Holland saw a gun in the other’s hand.

Farrell and Hanvey, who were not in uniform, never identified…

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