Grandmother of unarmed man shot by Philadelphia police: ‘They didn’t have to do a kill shot’

Dennis Plowden Jr. (left), with his mother Chinita McCoy in a 2016 family photo. Plowden was shot by police Dec. 27, 2017, at Nedro Avenue and Opal Street in East Germantown, and died the next morning, Dec. 28, 2017. Family members of Dennis Plowden Jr. say they are angry and upset that he was fatally shot by police this week as he was on his way to visit his mother in East Germantown to bring her Christmas gifts.

“He was unarmed,” his grandmother, Stacy McCoy, said Friday in the living room of her West Oak Lane home. “They shot him like a godd—ed dog.”

Plowden, 25, was shot by a plainclothes police officer on the sidewalk of Opal Street near Nedro Avenue Wednesday night. He was pronounced dead at Einstein Medical Center the next morning.

Police said that about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday , plainclothes police officers in two unmarked vehicles stopped Plowden, who was driving a white Hyundai sedan with a Pennsylvania license plate that was being sought in connection with a Kensington homicide earlier this month. At least one of the unmarked vehicles had its police lights activated, police said.

But after Plowden stopped his car at 16th Street and Nedro […]

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