Newly Elected Philadelphia District Attorney Promises Criminal Justice Reform
Article from Reason by Ed Krayewski.
A digital billboard truck with bright LED “Congratulations to Larry Krasner: Philadelphia’s New District Attorney” signs on its sides was waiting at the William Way LGBT Community Center, where the Democratic District Attorney nominee was holding his election watch party, before polls had closed.
Within an hour of polls closing, however, preliminary results had made it clear Krasner was running away with the election in this overwhelmingly Democratic city.
I asked Krasner if he had a message for the Fraternal Order of Police or McNesby. He says it’s the same message he has for all members of law enforcement and for people not in law enforcement as well: “You’re going to be treated fairly, you’re going to be treated in an even-handed way, and you’re also going to be [held] accountable, and if that’s not good enough for you, maybe you should examine your own version of fair.”
During his victory speech, Krasner asked the audience to call out what they believed the election provided a mandate for. The answers came: justice, equal rights, ending mass incarceration, cash bail. “This is the problem with equality, right?” Krasner joked.
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