Philadelphia's top prosecutor has warned that federal law enforcement officers will be charged criminally if they unlawfully assault or arrest somebody in the city. (July 21)
LARRY KRASNER: The stark difference between what's coming out of the president's mouth and what's happening on the streets in Philadelphia, we have not had anything that could be described as, you know, burglaries, criminal trespasses, what some people would call looting, we haven't had anything like that for weeks. We have had peaceful protests, almost 100% peaceful protests here for weeks.
So when he's talking about taking over cities and he's talking about cities being out of control, he is lying about the city of Philadelphia, which is nothing new. He has no regard for the truth. He has no regard for facts. If they choose to follow the law, then we'll all get along famously. And if they choose not to follow the law, then they will discover that there are laws in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania that can be used to prosecute them.
It is certainly my hope that their behavior will be entirely legal. But based on what I saw in Portland, it is my opinion that some of that behavior looks like criminal conduct.
But the most concerning behavior that we have seen in Portland might provide a clue as to what could be coming. You know, when you cause serious bodily injury, fracturing someone's skull, and if that is done in what, in my opinion, is a manner that is not legally justified, then you could be charged with aggravated assault, a first degree felony. You could be potentially charged with aggravated assault, second degree felony. You might be charged with attempted murder depending upon all of the circumstances that apply.
I'm just stating something pretty basic, which is when you wear a uniform, you're supposed to come correct. That means you follow the Constitution. You follow the laws. And we're not going to put up with American law enforcement, federal agencies behaving like they're Putin's private police. That's not happening here.