Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner was blasted by William McSwain, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, for creating the conditions for Wednesday night’s attack on police by a career criminal that wounded six officers. According to reports, Krasner was backed for D.A. in 2017 by George Soros who donated nearly $1.7 million via a PAC, compared to about $200,000 raised by Krasner’s campaign. On April 28, 2017, Soros wrote a check for $1.45 million to the Philadelphia Justice & Public Safety PAC in support of Krasner. Krasner won and was sworn in January 1, 2018.
McSwain was nominated by President Trump in December 2017 and he was confirmed by the Senate on a voice vote in March 2018. McSwain was sworn in on April 6, 2018.
Video of an emotional McSwain at press conference Thursday afternoon reading a statement on the attack on police:
Text of McSwain’s statement:
Statement by United States Attorney William M. McSwain on the Shooting of Six Philadelphia Police Officers
What I witnessed last night was true heroism by the Philadelphia police. But the crisis was precipitated by a stunning disrespect for law enforcement – a disrespect so flagrant and so reckless that the suspect immediately opened fire on every single officer within shooting distance. Only by the grace of God did they survive.
Where does such disrespect come from?
There is a new culture of disrespect for law enforcement in this City that is promoted and championed by District Attorney Larry Krasner – and I am fed up with it.
It started with chants at the DA’s victory party – chants of “F*** the police” and “No good cops in a racist system.”
We’ve now endured over a year and a half of the worst kinds of slander against law enforcement – the DA routinely calls police and prosecutors corrupt and racist, even “war criminals” that he compares to Nazis.
This vile rhetoric puts our police in danger. It disgraces the Office of the District Attorney. And it harms the good people in the City of Philadelphia and rewards the wicked.
The alleged shooter last night, Maurice Hill, is a previously convicted felon with a long rap sheet. We have plenty of criminal laws in this City – but what we don’t have is robust enforcement by the District Attorney. Instead, among other things, we have diversionary programs for gun offenses, the routine downgrading of charges for violent crime, and entire sections of the criminal code that are ignored.
The criminal laws in this City – and especially the existing gun laws and drug laws – should be aggressively enforced in order to protect the public and the police. My Office is doing all that we can. We have prosecuted 70% more violent crime cases this year than we did last year, in response to the District Attorney’s lawlessness. But it is now time for the District Attorney and his enablers to stop making excuses for criminals. It is time for accountability. It is time to support law enforcement and to put the good people of this City first.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office, in conjunction with the Philadelphia police and our federal partners, is investigating the horrible events of last night and we are considering all options at our disposal. We will do everything that we can to support our brothers and sisters in the Philadelphia Police Department and ensure justice is done.
To the officers involved last night – those who were wounded and those who rushed to defend them – and to their families, I say thank you. The whole City thanks you. We owe you more than we can ever repay.
A June 2019 Fox News interview with McSwain talking about Krasner’s ties to Soros and the soaring crime rate in Philadelphia was posted Wednesday night.
US Atty William McSwain on Philadelphia crime rate after a Soros-backed DA won: “Homicides and shootings have skyrocketed, worst kinds of violent crime have gone up…mid-level crimes have also gone up but they aren’t being reported…DA has said he's not going to prosecute them” pic.twitter.com/S1a3pZyqaN
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) August 15, 2019
The Los Angeles Times in 2018 reported on Soros’ involvement in backing progressive DAs in California and across the nation with millions of dollars in funding.
…Wealthy donors are spending millions of dollars to back would-be prosecutors who want to reduce incarceration, crack down on police misconduct and revamp a bail system they contend unfairly imprisons poor people before trial.
The effort is part of a years-long campaign by liberal groups to reshape the nation’s criminal justice system. New York billionaire George Soros headlines a consortium of private funders, the American Civil Liberties Union and other social justice groups and Democratic activists targeting four of the 56 district attorney positions up for election on June 5. Five other California candidates are receiving lesser support.
The cash infusion in the nonpartisan elections turns underdog challengers into contenders for one of the most powerful positions in local justice systems, roiling conventional law-and-order politics…
…Soros, whose spending as of this week in California topped $2.7 million, is the most visible part of the national movement to sway county prosecutor races. Since 2014, he has spent more than $16 million in 17 county races in other states. His favored candidates won in 13.