Delaware officers cleared in fatal shooting of Lymond Moses

The New Castle County police officers who shot and killed 30-year-old Lymond Moses in early January have been cleared in the shooting, though an outside review of the incident concluded that Moses’ death “could have been avoided if better policing tactics were employed.”

In a report published Monday by the Delaware Department of Justice, the agency’s Division of Civil Rights and Public Trust unit and law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius found that Patrolman Roberto Ieradi and Cpl. Robert Ellis were justified in shooting Moses as he appeared to drive toward them on the morning of Jan. 13.

Morgan Lewis wrote that “there is credible evidence that the two officers who fired their weapon reasonably believed that doing so was necessary to protect either themselves or others against death or serious physical injury” – the legal standard under Delaware law.

Attorney Renee Leverette (left) consoles Amanda Spence, the widow of Lymond Moses, as his family holds a press conference outside the New Castle County public safety building after the body camera video of his shooting by police was released publicly Tuesday, March 16, 2021.

While the report continues a pattern of Delaware officers being cleared in use-of-force incidents, its recommendations for changes to police training and policy are unique. The review by an outside firm, as well as a policing expert who was called in at the request of Attorney General Kathy Jennings, is also atypical.

BACKGROUND:  New Castle County releases body cam footage of fatal police shooting

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