Friday, August 16, 2019

D.A. Got Stiffed The Night Six Cops Were Shot

By Ralph Cipriano

During the nonstop media coverage of the shooting of six Philly cops, one public official was never out of range of the TV cameras -- District Attorney Larry Krasner.

He was there on camera with the mayor, he was there on camera with the police commissioner, he was there on camera talking with cops on the street. Which is kind of amazing considering that Progressive Larry is pretty much uniformly despised by the men and women in blue. The local chapter of the FOP has even paid for billboards advertising for a new D.A.

But Krasner has chutzpah, and loves the limelight. So on Thursday night, while the bullets were flying, Krasner even tried to visit the six wounded officers at the two hospitals were they were being treated, with little success.

"When he arrived at Temple [University Hospital] I informed him that he was not welcome," FOP President John McNesby wrote in an email about Krasner. "The officers did not wish to see him."

Three wounded officers were treated at Temple and released. The other three wounded officers were treated at Einstein Medical Center, and also released.

Krasner also tried to visit the wounded officers at Einstein.

"I wasn't there," McNesby said. "One [wounded officer] denied him access. The other two were caught off guard and blew him off with brief answers."

"He was there for the cameras," McNesby said dismissively about Krasner.

A spokesman for Krasner did not return a request for comment. When asked at a press conference whether he was barred from visiting the wounded officers at the hospital, Krasner denied it.

McNesby also was outspoken about the upcoming prosecution of the suspect, Maurice Hill, 36, a career criminal with a dozen arrests on his rap sheet, including six convictions for illegal possession of guns, drug dealing and aggravated assault.

"I hope the U.S. Attorney takes the case," McNesby said.

He was referring to U.S. Attorney William McSwain's promise at a press conference that his office would provide "adult supervision" for Krasner, and that the feds were closely monitoring Progressive Larry's handling of the case.

Krasner wasn't in office while Hill was being repeatedly arrested, and tried in the courts, and most recently put on one round of probation after another. But at his press conference, McSwain said that the police shootings were precipitated by "a new culture of disrespect for law enforcement," a culture that was "promoted and championed by D.A. Larry Krasner and I am fed up with it."

It started, McSwain said, with chants of "F-- the police" and No Good Cops In A Racist System" that was chanted at Krasner's victory party. And for the past year and a half, the U.S. Attorney said, it has continued as the D.A. has repeatedly slandered police and prosecutors as corrupt, racist, and war criminals.

"This vile rhetoric puts our police in danger and disgraces the office of the district attorney," McSwain said. He ripped the D.A. for promoting "diversionary programs for serious gun offenses, routine downgrading of charges for violent crimes," and for not enforcing "entire sections of the criminal code."

The feds are conducting a separate investigation of the cop shootings, McSwain said; "We are considering all options at our disposal."

In response, Krasner described McSwain's comments as "a familiar bit of opportunistic politics" by a U.S. Attorney appointed by President Donald Trump, and the D.A. added, "I will not dignify it with a detailed response."


  1. A great post Ralph. Thought Krasner had guts to show up at Temple Hospital. As sad as the day was, it was humorous seeing Krasner in the live shots outside Temple all alone - no one wanted to speak to him

  2. "Noting that McSwain is an appointee of the Trump" doesn't address the fact that a thug with 16 priors was on the street where he predictably broke the EXISTING laws (and many others) again. It is absurd to continuously parrot national [DNC] talking points w/ calls by Krasner and Kenney for new gun laws when our poorly-elected DA doesn't enforce the myriad of laws he has at his disposal.

    1. How did Maurice Hill get guns the previous times he was convicted of illegal gun possession and how did he get the illegal gun he used for these shootings?

      The article says Krasner was not DA for those previous convictions so was it weak gun laws or weak judges who gave Hill light sentences?

      It was reported that Hill was also convicted of perjury but only got a 7 year suspended sentence. That seems absurd given the millions and years the PA Attorney General spent to try and convict Curley, Schultz and Spanier of perjury.

  3. I hope that your pipeline for " great Police Revelations" will feed you the most incendiary truth regarding the Commissioner Ross Scandal and Resignation.

    It is the perfect time for Kenney and Krasner to burn like the crispy critters of North Philly they prefer to protect and serve while their no go zones and drug flea markets continue to proliferate.

    This might be a deflection before Kenney is indicted for his corrupt practices.


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