If only the ordinary Americans victimized by the crime spree enabled by police defunding Democrats enjoyed the same privilege.
Five suspects were arrested on Wednesday in connection with “an armed carjacking incident” earlier in the day involving Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon (D-Pa.), authorities said.
The Philadelphia Police Department (PPD) told The Hill in a statement earlier Wednesday that the suspects in the carjacking, which took place around 2:45 p.m. while Scanlon was leaving a meeting in her district, were two Black men between 20 and 30 years old.
I’m shocked. As no doubt you are too.
“I am relieved that Congresswoman Scanlon was not physically injured, and my thoughts are with her during this difficult time,” said Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw. “The PPD will continue to provide any support needed in this case and will work diligently alongside our federal partners to assist in bringing those responsible to justice.”
That’s right. The feds are on the case.
United States Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams announced that Josiah Brown, 19, of Wilmington, DE, was arrested and charged by Criminal Complaint on charges of carjacking and carrying and using a firearm during a crime of violence in connection with an armed carjacking that occurred in Franklin D. Roosevelt Park in South Philadelphia yesterday afternoon. The defendant made his initial appearance in federal magistrate court in Philadelphia this afternoon and is currently detained.
“The investigation into this incident is in its very initial stages, and we are continuing to investigate and evaluate charging decisions,” said U.S. Attorney Williams. “Armed carjacking is a serious federal crime. There have been a rash of violent crimes like this recently, and while there were national security implications to this particular incident, we are always working collaboratively with our local partners to evaluate if cases should be taken federally. Working together means more resources, more tools, more intelligence. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: If you pick up a gun and use it to commit a crime, together, we will come after you. And we are very good at what we do.”
Armed carjacking is everywhere. 13-year-olds are doing it in major cities.
If only ordinary Americans who were carjacked by the beneficiaries of criminal justice reform got state, city, and federal law enforcement to come down on them the way that a police defunding Democrat did.
Notably, Scanlon hasn’t echoed any of her nonsense about police defunding in response to this crackdown. There have been Democrat pro-crime politicians who were robbed and went on insisting that they hadn’t changed their views. Scanlon is a moral coward who joined the mob.
Critics note Scanlon has embraced the anti-law-enforcement rhetoric and Black Lives Matter policies they believe are contributing to the city’s current crime wave.
“The best way to deter crime is for the word to go out that criminals will be arrested, violent offenders given high bail, followed by aggressive prosecutions by competent and ethical prosecutors whose primary motivation is achieving justice for victims,” former Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce L. Castor Jr. told Delaware Valley Journal. ‘Treating the criminals as victims is stupid. Our nation’s prosecutors who think that way need to stop or get replaced by the voters.”
Scanlon is a political ally of progressive District Attorney Larry Krasner, best known for insisting Philadelphia doesn’t have “a crisis of crime,” even as the city is breaking records for murder and experiencing a surge in violence.
Far from a critic of Krasner’s law enforcement approach, Scanlon has been an outspoken advocate of the Black Lives Matter movement and the premise that policing and the justice system are inherently racist. She has been a regular attendee of BLM rallies across the region where speakers denounced law enforcement as racist and urged defunding the police.
In a statement she released after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted for the murder of George Floyd, Scanlon wrote, “I remain committed to confronting the harsh truths about law enforcement practices in our country that have allowed police violence against communities of color, especially Black individuals, to persist for far too long. If we truly believe Black Lives Matter, we must change law enforcement in the United States.”
Unless the “police violence against communities of color” is necessary to go after my carjackers.