PHILADELPHIA, PA – Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner has joined prosecutors in Boston and San Francisco to create “truth, justice, and reconciliation commissions” designed to find flaws in each city’s criminal justice system, explain how those flaws have hurt residents, and provide potential remedies.
According to The Inquirer, Krasner held a Zoom news conference Wednesday afternoon and said the justice system currently has “too few tools” to address years of problematic or illegal conduct by police and prosecutors, resulting in a disproportionate impact on communities of color.
Speaking alongside San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin and Rachael Rollins, the district attorney for Suffolk County, Massachusetts, which includes Boston, Krasner said:
“The bottom line is that something has to be rebuilt when it comes to justice for black and brown people.”
Krasner said he hopes the commissions in his city and others can help guide the way. The news conference also featured remarks from controversial author/activist Shaun King and civil rights attorney Lee Merritt, who helped develop the idea for the commissions.
People desperately need a forum to have their voices heard & their harms redressed. Prosecutors have a critical role in helping communities find space to address past wrongs in new & unused ways, whether it is through exonerations, restorative justice or truth & reconciliation. https://t.co/mMxk2fWO7C
— DA Larry Krasner (@DA_LarryKrasner) July 1, 2020
“THIS SYSTEM IS NOT BROKEN.
“It’s functioning exactly the way those who designed and built it intended it to function. So we must tear it down and build something new.
“ANNOUNCING: The Truth, Justice, & Reconciliation Commission. http://TJRC.org
“3 Pilot Cities. TODAY.”
Yet, on June 22, King tweeted a message that was not in the spirit of reconciliation.
Yes, I think the statues of the white European they claim is Jesus should also come down.
They are a form of white supremacy.
Always have been.
In the Bible, when the family of Jesus wanted to hide, and blend in, guess where they went?
Tear them down.
— Shaun King (@shaunking) June 22, 2020
“Yes, I think the statues of the white European they claim is Jesus should also come down.
“They are a form of white supremacy.
“Always have been.
“In the Bible, when the family of Jesus wanted to hide, and blend in, guess where they went?
“Tear them down.”
King conveniently did not mention that Jesus preached in the Sermon on the Mount, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God” (Matthew 5:9), nor did he reference Jesus administering to sinners and society’s outcasts in his time.
Merritt also has controversies attached to his name. The attorney has made it his mission to fight police misconduct and racial violence for those he calls society’s “throwaways,” but sometimes it gets embarrassing.
Dear Congressional Lawmakers,
Some cops kill because they’re racist.
Some cops kill because they’re evil.
Some cops kill for the thrill.
You can’t train it out of them.
Society must be protected from them.
— S. Lee Merritt, Esq. (@MeritLaw) June 24, 2020
In May, Merritt publicly accused a Texas state trooper of sexually assaulting Sherita Dixon-Cole — only to find out the female “victim” had fabricated the story of the assault, according to The Dallas Morning News.
ABC News showed the body-camera footage that the Texas Department of Public Safety released. The video contradicts Dixon-Cole’s allegations.
The Texas Department of Public Safety also released an excoriating statement regarding this case:
“Following the arrest, spurious and false accusations related to this traffic stop were made against the Texas trooper. The video shows absolutely no evidence to support the egregious and unsubstantiated accusations against the trooper during the DWI arrest of the suspect. The department is appalled that anyone would make such a despicable, slanderous and false accusation against a peace officer who willingly risks his life every day to protect and serve the public.”
Merritt acknowledged his client lied:
“It is deeply troubling when innocent parties are falsely accused and I am truly sorry for any trouble these claims may have caused Officer Hubbard and his family. I take full responsibility for amplifying these claims to the point of national concern.”
However, according to ABC News, Merritt also stated:
“Our calls for professionalism and adherence to protocol, however should not be misconstrued as a rush to judgment. To the contrary, our goal in presenting claims of misconduct is to arrive as quickly and as accurately as possible to the truth.”
In case you all had forgotten, S. Lee(zebag) Merritt was lawyer for liar Sherita Dixon-Cole, who falsely accused TX state trooper Daniel Hubbard of sexual assault. Merritt apologized when bodycam exposed lie. NO consequences. Shaun King spread the hoax.https://t.co/hBiizAsBBX https://t.co/k7A0klSAAR
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) June 16, 2020
Critics say Merritt is divisive, exaggerates details and moves too quickly to portray police officers as cold-blooded killers. Charley Wilkison, executive director of Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas, spoke to The Dallas Morning News about Merritt:
“He’s developed a cottage industry out of hating the police and that’s just unfortunate. When you have somebody just making up stories about the police — and everything a police officer does is not only suspect but criminal or barbaric or murderous — then it drives down the credibility for the good people out there trying hard to create some reform.”
Krasner told The Inquirer that the commission would be led mostly by community members, whom he said he would reach out and listen to over the next few months. He said his office had begun researching similar panels conducted around the world, including in South Africa, where the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in the 1990’s examined human rights violations under apartheid.
Krasner, who faces reelection next year, was “hesitant” to predict what the commission might accomplish or when, saying community input would be key in determining outcomes — whether it be policy recommendations, analysis of harmful practices or an examination of specific cases, according The Inquirer.
“This is not, ‘The elected guy tells everyone what to do.’”
Oh but isn’t it?
Here’s more on Larry Krasner.
Another day, another Larry Krasner story. If you’re not familiar with Krasner, he is one of the new generation of district attorneys across the United States who would be better served doing something like real estate law. Sorry, that is actually an insult to real estate attorneys.
Krasner is basically a puppet, one of a number of hack DA’s who had their campaigns financed by socialist billionaire George Soros. And Krasner is a direct threat to the public safety of Philadelphia.
As stated, Krasner, along with San Francisco DA Chesa Boudin, Suffolk County (Boston) DA Rachael Rollins, and numerous others were DA’s that Soros backed. Soros is hell-bent on turning the criminal justice system on its head in the United States and he is being aided and abetted in that mission by these big city district attorneys.
They are soft on crime, best friends of prison inmates, and the enemy of police officers and criminal justice proponents nationwide. However, Krasner is probably the worst, and that’s saying something.
On March 13, 2020 Sgt. James O’Connor (he was posthumously promoted to the rank of sergeant) was shot and killed during a SWAT team operation to arrest a homicide suspect. Sgt. O’Connor’s death is solely and squarely the responsibility of two people—Hassan Elliot, the shooter—and Larry Krasner, the district attorney.
— teamhtc (@technoappgeek) March 18, 2020
Elliot should have never been out on the streets. Despite a lengthy, violent criminal history, Elliot was continually released from jail and basically given a slap on the wrist by Krasner’s office. Every time Elliot was arrested, he treated the offense like a borderline parking ticket, and cut Elliot loose, free to commit another crime.
In 2017, Elliot was arrested for illegal firearms possession. Almost immediately after Krasner took office in 2018, the case was settled for time served. Krasner’s predecessor detained Elliot, however, he was released the next day by Krasner.
One year later, he was caught with a large amount of cocaine, which was packaged for distribution. As a probation violation, Elliot should have been jailed. However, Krasner released him from custody.
That day, March 1, 2019, Elliot killed someone. Krasner actually filed a murder warrant. The day after Elliot failed to appear for his cocaine case trial, which would have allowed him to be detained solely on that charge, Krasner dropped the cocaine charge altogether. Elliot remained a fugitive until he murdered Sgt. O’Connor.
LATEST: Authorities have charged Hassan Elliott with the murder of Philadelphia Police Officer James O’Connor, who was posthumously promoted to sergeant. https://t.co/oRLJhkl4Pa
— KYW Newsradio (@KYWNewsradio) March 19, 2020
This type of hands off, soft-on-crime approach is nothing out of the ordinary for Krasner. Since taking office in 2018, he has dropped 37 percent of illegal firearms cases, a 52 percent increase over his predecessor. He received guilty verdicts in 21 percent fewer cases. Drug cases? He has dropped 44 percent of cases, compared to his predecessor, who dropped 20 percent.
A full two-thirds of felony cases in front of Krasner are either dropped or lost by his office, while more than 60 percent of shooting cases have resulted in a dismissal under Krasner—a 50 percent increase over the previous four years.
Since Krasner took office, he has used public safety as some type of half-assed social experiment. Under his watch, homicides are up 11 percent, aggravated assaults (shootings) with a firearm, 19 percent.
This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. Criminals have no fear in Philadelphia because they know that Krasner is on their side. How frustrating it must be for the fine men and women of the Philadelphia Police Department to put their lives on the line every day and night, only to have this dirtbag putting criminals back on the street.
Krasner has apparently called “law and order” prosecutors “war criminals,” sued the Philadelphia Police Department 75 times, and at his election night rally, the familiar chant “Fuck the police” was heard loud and clear.
To add insult to injury, Krasner’s office is letting the appeal of convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal move forward. Prior to Krasner getting elected, the Philadelphia DA’s office had appealed Abu Jamal’s appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
While Krasner initially blocked the appeal, he gave into his radical roots and withdrew that block, giving Abu-Jamal, even though he was witnessed pulling the trigger of the gun that killed Officer Daniel Faulkner in 1982. Hollywood leftists and other social justice warriors have made Abu-Jamal’s case a cause for so-called criminal justice reformers.
When Krasner tried to go to the hospital to pay a visit to Sgt. O’Connor’s family after he was murdered, police officers from the Philadelphia PD blocked his way and denied him entry into the emergency room.
Radical Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner physically blocked by Philadelphia Police Officers from entering hospital where one of their own was taken after being shot & killed while executing a warrant. https://t.co/pnfbBuAXhO
— Rob O'Donnell (@odonnell_r) March 13, 2020
They knew that Krasner was just there as a publicity stunt and trying to buy some positive press. They knew that Krasner didn’t have their back, and that the blame for his death lay solely on Krasner’s reckless criminal first policies.
Krasner, along with the other “reform-minded” prosecutors mentioned earlier who pollute prosecutors offices nationwide have turned on the green light for criminals and the sad part is they know it. Crime is rising in these cities as criminals are released into the communities.
And now, with the coronavirus threat, virtue-signaling “criminal justice” officials nationwide are using that as a call to release even more prisoners from jail out of “humanitarian concerns.”
This is like a perfect storm in the justice system. Soft-on-crime DA’s, law enforcement tied up with a pandemic, in addition to their members being possibly infected and releasing thousands of criminals onto the streets. It’s a recipe for disaster.
It is sickening to see what people like Krasner, Rollins, Boudin and others are doing to the criminal justice system. How many more civilians, and how many more police officers must lose their lives until people realize that this is not going to work long-term?
Hopefully when these people come up for re-election, people can be put in place that put the rule of law first and not their misguided idea of “reform.” “Reform” is getting people killed.
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Glenn Beck is a polarizing figure. You either love him or you hate him. One thing that Glenn Beck is not – is stupid.
Many years ago, Beck identified George Soros as a man to keep our eyes on. From pushing the “global warming” hoax to dumping hundreds of millions of dollars into getting progressive Democrats elected nationally, Soros has had his hands in everything. One area that has flown under the radar is Soros’ attempt to turn the criminal justice system on its head.
As far back as 2016, Soros was investing his rather sizable fortune into getting prosecutors, district attorneys, and attorneys general elected that share his progressive anti-police, pro-criminal agenda.
That year, Soros dumped millions of dollars into more than a dozen district attorney campaigns nationwide. That total actually surpassed the total moneys spent on the 2016 presidential race except for but a handful of rival super-donors, according to a story in Politico.
For example, Peter Weir, the District Attorney for Jefferson and Galpin Counties, Colorado had over $1.3 million spent against him in ads which were purchased using Soros’ money. In the case of Weir, he was able to overcome Soros’ deep pockets.
Soros has been targeting these races nationally, where he funds political action committees that pour huge sums of cash, often times at the last minute, to elect candidates that share his political and social justice agenda, in particular those which oppose incarceration.
We are now seeing Democratic presidential candidates such as Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren suggesting a virtual elimination of incarceration as a means of criminal justice. One could assume that Soros’ money may be driving that as well.
Indeed across the United States, Chesa Boudin in San Francisco, Larry Krasner in Philadelphia,
and Rachael Rollins in Suffolk County (Boston) were all beneficiaries of Soros’ cash. All three of these District Attorneys have thrown down with criminals, in some cases refusing to prosecute so-called “minor” crimes such as shoplifting and low-level drug offenses. And all three have drawn outrage from law enforcement authorities, as well as crime victims for their soft-on-crime approach to criminal justice.
Recently, Boudin “suspended” the prosecution of a suspect who assaulted two San Francisco police officers, who subsequently had to use deadly physical force on the suspect. While the suspect survived, Boudin actually intimated that the officer(s) could face “criminal prosecution” for using force against a suspect who was assaulting one of them with a dangerous/deadly weapon. The move outraged the officers of the SFPD, who slammed Boudin for suspending prosecution of the suspect.
Boudin also recently announced the elimination of cash bail, saying that whether defendants remain incarcerated will be based on the risk to public safety instead of how much money they can collect to pay bail.
“For years I’ve been fighting to end this discriminatory and unsafe approach to pretrial detention,” Boudin said in a statement. “From this point forward, pretrial detention will be based on public safety, not on wealth.”
In the past, district attorney elections were somewhat insignificant elections which were more focused on personal qualifications and were financed locally. While DA’s could set local policy, they were bound to follow state law or ballot initiative.
DA Weir, who was nearly the victim of Soros cash, says that Soros has now identified local district attorney’s offices as an area where he can have the legislative process bypassed, where he can get candidates elected that support Soros’ political agenda and social views. These candidates basically agree, albeit tacitly, not to enforce laws with which they personally disagree.
Currently, there is a candidate for district attorney in San Diego County, California whom Soros is backing. This candidate has promised “not to enforce what we call the quality of life offenses” with which she disagrees.
In Florida, Soros funded District Attorney Aramais Ayala has said that she would refuse to seek the death penalty for any case prosecuted by her office.
The governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, promptly had all pending death penalty cases removed from her office, a move which was upheld by the Florida Supreme Court, which said that Ayala’s decision “does not reflect an exercise of prosecutorial discretion, it embodies, at best, a misunderstanding of Florida law.”
This folks, is why we say, “elections have consequences.”
In yet another area where Soros’ grubby fingerprints are all over it, district attorneys are purging their offices. While some DDA’s enjoy protection either by civil service or collective bargaining units, there are jurisdictions where that protection does not exist. In those locations, Soros funded DA’s are “changing the culture” in their offices and more so, sending messages to remaining DDA’s that their jobs are basically subject to the political whims of the newly elected DA.
For example, in Philadelphia, Soros’ puppet Larry Krasner fired 31 DDA’s in his first week in office; nearly one-third of those terminated were in the homicide unit and included a prosecutor who was supposed to begin a murder trial the following Monday. When he asked to remain to complete the trial, he was refused.
In Houston, Soros’ financed Kim Ogg fired 37 veteran prosecutors in order to pursue a “culture change” in the office. Ironically, Ogg had attacked Soros for supporting her primary opponent before she apparently realized her “mistake” and accepted over half a million dollars from him in the general election. Funny how a little bit of money can have that effect on someone.
The aforementioned Chesa Boudin in San Francisco fired seven prosecuting attorneys just two days into his tenure. Boudin noted the “progressive policies” he campaigned on in terminating the attorneys.
“I had to make difficult staffing decisions [Friday] in order to put in place a management team that will help me accomplish the work I committed to do for San Francisco,” Boudin said in a statement.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported that some of the attorneys would be pursing legal action against Boudin.
Of course, all of these social justice warriors are anti- “mass incarceration.” However, if one zeroes in on California and examines the composition of the prison population, there is an interesting comparison. In 2008, 71% of state prison inmates in California were serving time for a violent, serious or sexual offense; fast forward to 2016, 91% of state prison inmates in the state were serving time for violent, serious or sexual offenses.
Call us skeptics, but honestly, where is there room in the above number to release a significant number of “non-violent” inmates when 91% of the inmates in California alone are locked up for violent offenses?
Peter Weir summed it up brilliantly when speaking of Soros’ attempt to buy the criminal justice system.
“To see some east coast billionaire who has no idea of local interests acceding to a radical reform agenda at the expense of our democratic process is incredibly dangerous.”
Amen, Mr. Weir.
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