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FBI and Philadelphia Police Storm Suspect’s Home Killing One

Reports indicate that police knew a gun battle was likely when they thundered into a home in East Mount Airy on Monday to arrest two armed suspects. Authorities knew the two men they targeted for arrest, 21-year-old Tevin Hammond and 19-year-old Justin Mackie, had no plans of surrendering without first resisting. Did the FBI and local police plan a pre-dawn raid to catch the two suspects asleep? Did they coordinate efforts to at least attempt to apprehend these two men non-violently? It does not appear to be the case from published media reports, and now one of those men, Hammond, is dead. Any defense lawyer can sense that something doesn’t feel right here.

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Guilty Before Innocence in Arrests

Authorities do a very difficult job and I do not diminish their rights to protect themselves and the community at large. However, when two armed men who already wanted in connection with multiple homicides informs the police through back channels that will not surrender; does it make sense to attempt to apprehend them in broad daylight? Forcing a violent confrontation is how communities become to fear law enforcement even more than those in their midst who might do them harm.

Police, along with the FBI, went into that home looking for a fight and they got one. The problem here isn’t that the authorities were attempting to do their jobs, its how these professionals chose to go about getting it done. I’m not familiar with this case, nor do I have detailed evidence of their reported crimes, but it appears at first blush as though arresting these two young men may have been a secondary objective.

The Right to a Trial of One’s Peers

Justin Mackie, just 19 years old, remains critically injured after the confrontation with authorities. If the young man recovers, he’ll have the same rights as anyone else accused of a crime in the United States. We should observe these rights, and do our very best to see that they’re preserved and upheld throughout the process. These laws and regulations are what separates our criminal justice system from that of other countries where prosecutors can appeal convictions multiple times in attempts to obtain a conviction.

If Mackie recovers, we may also learn more in-depth details about what happened in that house, including if authorities storming the property like the beaches of Normandy followed proper procedure in dealing out lethal force. Hammond no longer has a voice to tell his side of the story, so it’s up to Mackie to give us the details on just what happened. I know if I were accused of a crime, I’d at least want to be given the opportunity to surrender before the police opened fire.

If you, or someone close to you, are facing criminal charges, the clock is ticking to obtain the most aggressive legal defense possible. Contact our law offices today to speak with members of our experienced criminal defense team in Pennsylvania today. We can take calls around the clock, and make jailhouse visits if you can’t make it to one of our multiple office locations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

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Commonwealth v. "H" (DUI case)

Client was charged with three separate DUI cases calling for mandatory minimum imprisonment of 90 days on each case. Client was advised to seek immediate intensive alcohol counseling. Client was sentenced to 1 year of house arrest after serving 3 days in the county prison.

CASE DISMISSED

Commonwealth v. "C" (Felony drug/Firearms case)

Client was charged with felony Delivery of drugs and illegal gun possession and was facing a mandatory 3-6 year prison sentence in the State prison system. Client was sentenced to one year of house arrest.

CASE DISMISSED

Commonwealth v. "S"

Client was charged with simple assault, domestic. After a hearing where evidence and testimony was presented, the entire case was dismissed by Judge Leonard Brown.

CASE DISMISSED

State of New Jersey v. "H"

Charges for young man charged with second degree aggravated assault were downgraded to third degree and he was accepted into the County Pretrial Intervention program with charges to be dismissed and record expunged after one year of misconduct free behavior.

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As former prosecutors, we have a balanced and in-depth understanding of the criminal justice system and how the prosecution prepares cases. In addition, we have long-standing experience dealing with local police departments, prosecutors and judges throughout southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

At Young, Marr and Associates, when we say “experience matters,” we mean it. Our lawyers, which include two former prosecutors and a former senior deputy district attorney bring more than three decades of criminal law experience, handling more than 10,000 criminal cases. It is precisely that experience that allows us to achieve outstanding results for our clients facing DUI, traffic, felony and misdemeanor charges in state, federal and juvenile courts.

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