Suspect who murdered man eating Thanksgiving dinner walks after D.A. gives him sweetheart deal

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By Ralph Cipriano – originally published here.

 
NORRISTOWN, PA – The gun-toting teenage criminal accused of firing the stray shot that killed a man who was eating Thanksgiving dinner with his family in Norristown should have been in prison.
 
That’s because the suspect, Kevon Clarke, 19, of Norristown, with a lengthy rap sheet, was previously arrested on May 26th, and charged with carrying an unlicensed firearm, plus carrying firearms in public. 
 
Only 13 days earlier, Clarke had been convicted of possessing a firearm in juvenile court.
But after his May 26th arrest, on Nov. 3rd, in a guilty plea that was negotiated in record speed, the D.A.’s office under Larry Krasner gave Clarke a sentence of six to 23 months in the county jail, plus three years probation.
 
The deal amounted to a fake sentence, because as part of the negotiated plea bargain, D.A.’s office offered Clarke immediate parole, even though he had served less than his minimum sentence of six months after he pleaded guilty to a gun crime.
 
Clarke could have been sentenced to one to two years in state prison because he was a repeat offender.
But thanks to the sweetheart deal arranged by the D.A.’s office under Krasner, on Nov. 3rd, Clarke got to walk immediately. 
 
A veteran prosecutor who reviewed Clarke’s court records said that a suspect going from arrest to a negotiated guilty plea in little over five months was incredibly fast; only one out of a hundred gun cases in the D.A.’s office, the veteran prosecutor estimated, are handled that quickly. 
 
In negotiating the sweetheart deal with Clarke, the district attorney’s office under Krasner also ignored three recent arrests that violated the terms of Clarke’s juvenile supervision based on a previous May 2019 gun arrest. 
 
If the D.A.’s office had done its job and prosecuted Clarke for violating the terms of his supervision as a juvenile, the veteran prosecutor said, instead of letting Clarke walk, he would have been in prison on Thanksgiving.
 
And he would have had to stay there all the way until Christmas, 2023. 
 
“Instead of seeking justice or protecting the community,” said the veteran prosecutor who sought anonymity, the focus in the D.A.’s office under Krasner in this case was, “how quickly can we get this guy out of jail; that’s the only motivation in how they resolved this case.”
 
As far as the veteran prosecutor was concerned, giving a sweetheart deal to an armed and dangerous criminal like Clarke was just plain “ridiculous.”
 
Clarke’s case was similar to the case just last month of another armed and dangerous teenager.
 
Police had previously arrested Latif Williams, 17, on Aug. 14th for an armed carjacking but the D.A.’s office under Krasner withdrew the case, dropping a total of eight charges against the suspect.
 
It was the fourth time in a row that Williams had been arrested over a three-year period, only to have the D.A. drop the charges.
 
On Nov. 28th, according to police, Williams attempted to carjack another victim. But according to police, Samuel Collington, a 21-year-old Temple University student, fought back, so Williams allegedly shot Collington twice in the chest. He died a half hour later. 
 
Despite his youthful age, Clarke is another veteran criminal with a rap sheet that features eight arrests, the first of which happened in 2016, when he was 15, for simple assault. 
 
On Dec. 13th, Clarke was arrested by the U.S. Marshall’s Fugitive Task Force after they found him hiding out on Whitby Avenue in Southwest Philadelphia. He was charged with first-degree murder, third degree murder, reckless endangerment, plus two gun charges.
 
On Thanksgiving Day, police said, Clarke, his girlfriend and two friends were kicked out of another Thanksgiving celebration in Norristown. According to the Inquirer, the host of the party accused Clarke’s girlfriend of stealing liquor bottles from their home. 
 
The girlfriend was supposed to return the liquor. But when the girlfriend’s cousin arrived at Clarke’s home to pick up the booze, Clarke came outside brandishing a gun. The cousin decided to flee. As she drove off, she heard multiple shots. 
 
According to police, one of those shots ripped though a kitchen window and struck Edilberto Miguel Pelaez Moctezuma,  25, in the torso as was sitting at the table eating Thanksgiving dinner with his family.
 
The victim was flown to Penn Presbyterian, where he was pronounced dead. 
 
According to reporter Steve Keeley of Fox 29, detectives subsequently found seven .40 caliber shell casings, six 9 mm shell casings, and one live round in the vicinity of the crime scene.
 
When he was arrested On May 26th as an adult, Clarke was still under supervision for his crimes as a juvenile. 
 
As a juvenile, he was arrested on Sept. 19, 2017 and charged with terroristic threats and aggravated assault, in addition to other charges, but the D.A.’s office withdrew the case, and dropped all 13 charges against him.
 
On May 8, 2019, police arrested Clarke and charged him with carrying unlicensed firearms, carrying firearms in public, possession of a firearm by a minor, and conspiracy.
 
On May 12, 2021, Clarke was found an to be an adjudicated delinquent, the equivalent of a guilty plea, on the charge of possession of a firearm by a minor. Under terms of the agreement, the D.A.’s office withdrdew all the other charges. 
 
Court records show that Clarke had an inability to stay out of trouble. On four occasions from May 12, 2017 until July 11, 2019, Clarke was taken off of a GPS and had to be placed back in custody.
 
On July 10, 2019, police arrested Clarke again for carrying unlicensed firearms, possession of a firearm by a minor, carrying firearms in public, and conspiracy. But on Aug. 22, 2019, all the charges against Clarke were withdrawn by the D.A.’s office.
 
On July 16, 2020, Clarke was arrested again in Montgomery County for disorderly conduct, and public drunkenness; on July 27, 2020, he pleaded guilty to both charges.
 
On Jan 14, 2021, police arrested Clarke again and charged him with indecent assault, but on Sept, 8, 2021, the D.A.’s office under Krasner dropped the charge. 
 
The D.A.’s office gave Clarke immediate parole on Nov. 3rd. Just 22 days later on Thanksgiving Day, Clarke was accused of murdering Edilberto Miguel Pelaez Moctezuma.
 
“They don’t care about public safety,” the veteran prosecutor said about the D.A.’s office under Larry Krasner. 
 
“They only care about emptying the jails.” 

‘Enough already’: Sig Sauer announces major backing of national ‘re-fund the police’ campaign

Editor note: For those looking for a quick link to get in the fight and support the cause, click here.

NEWINGTON, NH – Law Enforcement Today is pleased to share that Sig Sauer, highly respected and immensely popular leader in the firearms industry, has joined us as a corporate sponsor in our campaign to “Re-Fund the Police.”

As a Law Enforcement Today reader, you know that we have put forth a campaign to back the blue and support re-funding efforts, while calling attention to both the adverse effects of defunding the police, and the positive effects that our dedicated protectors in law enforcement create every single day.

In this campaign, we put out a call for individual and corporate sponsors to join us in this mission.

Sig Sauer, with its honorable and lengthy history of supporting law enforcement, answered that call with a generous donation, standing with us and with our brothers and sisters in blue.

From its humble beginnings as a German gun company in 1751 and a Swiss wagon factory in 1853 who merged in 1875 to its current status as a firearms industry leader, Sig Sauer has remained synonymous with expert, state-of-the art craftsmanship and reliability. 

Sig Sauer has also cultivated a close working relationship with law enforcement over the decades of its existence, marrying its expertise with the needs of those who serve.

As the Sig Sauer website states:

“It is the largest member of a worldwide business group of firearms manufacturers that includes J.P. Sauer & Sohn and Blaser, Gmbh. in Germany.

This global network of companies gives SIG SAUER a world-class firearms knowledge base, unparalleled design expertise, and extensive manufacturing capacity, enabling the company to respond quickly and effectively to changing market conditions and the needs of its military, law enforcement, and commercial markets worldwide.”

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Sig Sauer Academy. Photo courtesy of Sig Sauer.

In addition to state-of-the art equipment such as firearms, ammunition, optics, suppressors, and air guns, Sig also provides top-of-the line training for law enforcement officers and others.

Sig Sauer Academy, located in Epping, NH, offers firearms and tactics training to everyone from first-time gun owners to the most elite levels of law enforcement and military.  This facility “features state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor ranges, tactical training areas, urban environments, a shoot house, a maritime training area, and a force-on-force village.”

We recently sat down with Tom Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive VP of Commercial Sales, to learn more about Sig Sauer’s decision to back our campaign to “Re-fund the Police.”

Taylor told us:

“The minute we heard the concept, it resonated with us here at Sig Sauer, because it’s so disgusting to us, the whole “defund the police” mentality….

“The police were already shorthanded, there’s never enough training, there’s never enough equipment, there’s never enough people, there’s never enough resources.  

“And then you throw at them this ‘defund the police’ mess, to put it politely.” 

He added:

“It just disgusts us, when we see specific incidents of police agencies like Austin, who have gone so all-in to this concept of taking resources away from an operation that is already underfunded. 

“Who is going to help save lives when they’re needed?  It’s harder and harder to get police officers where they’re needed, on time, because of a lack of resources….

“You hear the 911 calls where people are calling in the middle of a riot in Atlanta, and they say, we’re really sorry but there are no police officers to send to your aid right now.  

“It’s disgusting.”

Taylor explained further that raising money is itself important, but the plans to raise awareness and share the truth with the public are equally significant.

He continued:

“I think it’s important to educate the public that there’s a problem….

“No matter how much money we raise in this effort, it’s also very important that we let the world know that the police need resources and they need money.”

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Sig Sauer Academy. Photo courtesy of Sig Sauer.

Taylor added that a further advantage to educating the public would be to improve the reputation of law enforcement as a career.

He told us:

“We also need to try to re-engage young people to be police officers, because that used to be such a noble and admirable thing, and now it’s becoming so difficult to be a police officer, and to have young people aspire to be in law enforcement.

“We want to communicate to the world that it’s ok to be a cop.”

Taylor expanded further upon Sig Sauer’s ties with law enforcement, saying:

“It’s in our DNA…. We work closely [at Sig Sauer Academy] with military and law enforcement…. 

“It’s a big part of who our Academy personnel are; they are all current or former military and cops… and so they are such thought leaders for our company for both training and equipment and importantly, mindset. 

“When we are developing a new product, we go talk to them.”

He added:

“Our CEO [Ron Cohen] served in the Israeli military for five years, and our dedication to supporting law enforcement and military runs so deep in this company…. The moment I mentioned the ‘refunding the police’ concept to our CEO, he immediately wanted to support this cause.”

Taylor concluded:

“We absolutely want to let the world know how much we support the thousands of police agencies and hundreds of thousands of officers who carry our products, and those who don’t….

“It doesn’t matter what product they use, they need our support.

“We are doing this because we have so much respect for our police officers, and it is very disappointing that a part of our society allowed something called ‘defund the police’ to become part of our culture, truly sad.”

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Sig Sauer Academy. Photo courtesy of Sig Sauer.

In addition to its generous financial support, Sig Sauer will also be throwing its own marketing efforts behind the “Re-Fund the Police” campaign, amplifying the message on their social networks.

To learn more about Sig Sauer products and training, visit Sig Sauer at their website, SigSauer.com.  

You can also follow Sig Sauer on their Facebook page, their Twitter feed, their Instagram account, and their LinkedIn account.

Law Enforcement Today is immensely grateful for Sig Sauer’s strong stand to support all those who protect and serve, and we look forward to working together with Sig to “Re-Fund Our Police” and expand public understanding of the the daily good deeds of our protectors in blue, as well as the adverse effects of defunding the police.

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“Re-Fund the Police”: Law Enforcement Today launches nationwide campaign for Americans to back the blue

 

Editor note: In 2020, we saw a nationwide push to “defund the police”.  While we all stood here shaking our heads wondering if these people were serious… they cut billions of dollars in funding for police officers.  And as a result, crime has skyrocketed – all while the same politicians who said “you don’t need guns, the government will protect you” continued their attacks on both our police officers and our Second Amendment rights.

And that’s exactly why we’re launching this national crowdfunding campaign as part of our efforts to help “re-fund the police”.

For those looking for a quick link to get in the fight and support the cause, click here.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA – You back the Blue.  You support the police.  You quietly buy an officer a cup of coffee at your local coffeehouse.  You bring homemade cookies to your local police station.  You make it a point to thank an officer when you see one out in public.  

You watch the news, aghast to see crowds of anti-police protesters and rioters committing acts of violence and massive property damage.  You pray daily for the Blue family.

And yet, you may feel quite alone.

Politicians and the mainstream news media would have you think that police support is at an all-time low.

Some of you may have found it necessary to take down your Thin Blue Line flags from your house, or to scrape off the Thin Blue Line sticker from your vehicles, due to the potential for violent retaliation by those who hate the police.

Yes, it is the loudest voices that are the ugliest.  They revile and attack those who back the Blue.  They call, “Defund the Police!” at every turn, fueled by the lie that police officers are racists who are out to kill.

But you are actually in excellent company in your support of the blue family.

According to a Gallup poll, 85% of Americans support law enforcement.  That means supporters of the Thin Blue Line are 285 million strong.

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85% of Americans support Law Enforcement

That would be 285 million who, like you, refuse join in the calls to defund the police.

And that means you are in the company of those who have logic and reason on their side.

After all, we at Law Enforcement Today bring you stories daily of exploding crime in police-defunded areas such as Austin, Portland,  New York City, or Los Angeles.

Homicide rates since defunding are up 58% in Atlanta, up 533% in Portland, and up 37% in Philadelphia.

Shootings in post-defunded New York City are up 64%, and they are up 51% in Los Angeles and up 18% in Chicago.

In addition, you have also followed our disturbing and often tragic stories of attacks on police officers in the era of police defunding.

Felonious attacks on police are on the rise, as documented by the FBI’s Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) Data Collection.  

According to LEOKA:

“The 50 law enforcement officers feloniously killed in the first 8 months of 2021 represent a 51.5 percent increase compared to the 33 officers killed during the same period in 2020.”

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370 officers gave their lives in the line of duty in 2020

Also thanks to defunding, police departments across the country now lack training, resources, and equipment.  Ironically, calls for additional training in cultural awareness, de-escalation, and use of force often have to go unheeded due to the lack of financial resources.

Another irony is that the push to do away with less-lethal options such as Tasers and tear gas will simply lead to more fatal police shootings.

These alarming stories and statistics indicate beyond a doubt that defunding the police is absolutely the wrong move for this great country.  You know this, yet you and 285 million other voices are all too often silenced by social pressures as well as physical threats of violence.  

You are even told, “Silence is violence,” when it comes to refusing to stand against law enforcement.

Your voice matters, and you need to be heard.

As Law Enforcement Today National Spokesman Kyle Reyes points out:

“Americans have stood by in disbelief as this ‘defund the police’ movement has spread across America and ravaged our communities.  

“We’ve watched our cities burn, our officers be attacked and violence skyrocket.  

“It’s time to come out of the twilight zone.  It’s time to fight back.”

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Law Enforcement Today, the nation’s largest police-owned media outlet, has developed a way to make your voice heard and oppose those who would seek to remove funding from those who protect and serve.

It’s called the “Re-Fund the Police” campaign.

Reyes explains:

“We wanted to make the “Re-fund the Police” campaign something that everyone- whether you can spare $1 or $1 million – can be a part of.

“People will donate to politicians all day long in hopes that person will get elected and possibly make a difference.

“We are asking for people to come forward and support those who make a difference and save lives every single day.”

Through your generous donations, Law Enforcement today will direct a media and advertising blitz to rally other Americans who, like you, are done with attacks on law enforcement, both physical and financial.  

Here’s what the funds go towards:

  1. We’ve assembled a “strike team” of researchers and reporters who will delve deeply into the devastating impact that defunding the police has on communities and families.  They’re going after not just the “leaders” in Congress who are pushing to defund the police… but they’re exposing everyone from the local politicians and city councils who are behind it.  They’re also tracing the money of exactly who is funding this “defund the police” movement.
  2.  We will focus on publicizing all the negative effects of defunding police while expressing support for our brothers and sisters in blue.  The advertising blitz will be a show of support for police officers all across America.
 

In addition, we will be sending a team of reporters into our communities to share positive stories of law enforcement, stories which are consistently ignored by the mainstream media.

As a thank-you for your generosity in standing strong for the blue family, we are offering access codes for Law Enforcement Today’s Wounded Officer documentary and Border Crisis documentary.  In addition, we offer additional perks such as stickers and Thin Blue Line face masks or yard signs.

Donors are also able to honor or memorialize a member of the blue family.

For those who cannot afford to contribute, we invite you to be a part of a nationwide chain of prayer warriors.  

You can join our prayer chain along with other supporters who are willing to pray for our brothers and sisters in blue.  

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We support those who protect and serve.

Also, when you sign up for our newsletter, we will keep you informed on how we are continuing to back the Blue, and bring you the stories the mainstream media will not touch.

Now to small businesses who are sick and tired of watching our cities burn as the “defund the police” movement spreads.

For business donors, we are pleased to offer a unique opportunity to make a difference in police departments across the country.

Reyes explains:

“We wanted to make sure small businesses could get in the fight, so we are rolling out the ‘adopt a police department’ program.”

Your business donation will be used to cover stories in the community of your choice, and expose those who are attempting to defund the police.  Those stories, if you choose, will also include a thank you to your business and a link back to your business website.  

In addition, your generous business donation will go toward advertising campaigns that highlight the negative effects of demonizing and defunding the police.

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We’ve got your 6.

This will give you the opportunity to show to millions of Americans that, unlike “woke” anti-police organizations, you support and appreciate law enforcement.

Reyes points out:

“Corporate America rallied around the Black Lives Matter movement, donating hundreds of millions of dollars to a campaign that brought widespread looting and destruction in our cities.  

“This is an opportunity for businesses to show America that law and order and keeping people safe still means something to them.”

Please join your voice with Law Enforcement Today in this campaign to support all those who protect and serve us.

We invite you to visit the Re-Fund the Police website for further information.

If you have questions, or you want to start your own fundraising team, feel free to email us at [email protected]

It’s time to get in the fight.

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