An ugly new detail has come to light in the aftermath of a Wednesday shooting in Philadelphia that left six police officers wounded.
District Attorney Larry Krasner, in charge of prosecuting cop shooters in the city, appears to have a troubling background of anti-police rhetoric.
According to a statement from United States Attorney William McSwain, chants of “f— the police” and “no good cops in a racist system” broke out at the Philadelphia DA’s election victory party in 2017.
McSwain decried the “culture of disrespect for law enforcement” that is “promoted and championed” by Krasner.
“I am fed up with it,” McSwain said.
The U.S. attorney accused Krasner of calling “police and prosecutors corrupt and racist, even ‘war criminals’ that he compares to Nazis.”
Those are worrisome claims — especially against a man who will presumably be the one to prosecute Maurice Hill, the suspect in Wednesday’s shooting.
McSwain emphasized how harmful vilifying law enforcement can be.
“This vile rhetoric puts our police in danger,” he said. “It disgraces the Office of the District Attorney. And it harms the good people in the City of Philadelphia and rewards the wicked.”
Krasner has said that Hill could face a variety of charges.
“It’s pretty obvious there should be charges of attempted murder. It’s pretty obvious there should be charges of aggravated assault in the first degree. It is pretty obvious that there are some pretty serious firearms charges, including the fact that he was a felon before he was handling this weapon,” Krasner said, according to CNN.
“I will say, there will be a lot of charges,” he continued.
“These are more than enough charges so that Mr. Maurice Hill may never exit jail.”
Despite Krasner’s strong words, however, McSwain expressed in a news conference his skepticism that the DA would prosecute the case competently.
The U.S. Attorney told reporters that his office would provide “some adult supervision” in the case, Politico reported.
While Krasner cannot be held accountable for the words of his supporters, his history is nevertheless worrisome. While the DA’s words suggest he’ll build a strong case against Hill, his actions will determine if McSwain’s fears were justified.
The Western Journal reached out to the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office for comment but did not hear back in time for publication of this article. We will update the piece if and when we do.
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