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Report: No Charges in Pa. Shooting

September 30, 2000

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Police officers will not be charged for shooting a carjacking suspect, but an investigation will continue into his televised beating, newspapers reported Saturday.

Police fired nearly 50 rounds at Thomas Jones, 30, who was chased on foot and in cars after he was spotted driving a stolen car on July 12. Jones eventually jumped into an empty police cruiser and drove off before being stopped by police.

A television news helicopter videotaped police officers kicking and punching Jones during the arrest, images that were broadcast around the nation. He was hospitalized for more than three weeks with five gunshot wounds to his arm and stomach.

The city district attorney will not prosecute any officers on criminal charges in Jones’ shooting, Saturday’s editions of The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News reported. Both cited unnamed sources within the police department.

Officers could still face criminal charges for the beating of Jones. Those who shot him could also face disciplinary sanctions from the department for violating its firearms policy.

Jones is being held on $1 million bail, awaiting a preliminary hearing Nov. 2 on more than 70 criminal charges, including eight purse snatchings and two carjackings.

A district attorney spokeswoman refused to comment on the police statements, saying the investigation into the entire Jones matter was continuing.

The shooting, chase and arrest is being investigated by Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham, the city Police Department, the FBI and the federal Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.

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