Democratic candidates for Philly DA discuss police shootings and stop and frisk

BY CHRIS BRENNAN – THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

The seven Democrats seeking to become Philadelphia’s next district attorney spent Thursday evening talking about regulating and prosecuting the city’s police officers.

Three of them, speaking in a forum aired live on WHYY-FM and WURD 900-AM and cosponsored by the Philadelphia chapter of the NAACP, were asked if they would prosecute cops for illegal on-duty shootings.

Civil Rights lawyer Larry Krasner, who has spent decades filing lawsuits against the city in police misconduct cases, said too many prosecutors are “too cozy” and too politically ambitious to pursue those cases. Krasner vowed to do just that.

“I agree there are a ton of great cops in this city,” Krasner said. “And you know what they hate? They hate bad cops.”

... In a lighting round of questions, the candidates split on the question of whether they would seek the death penalty in murder cases. In 2015, Gov. Wolf declared a moratorium for the death penalty, which has been used three times in Pennsylvania since 1978.

Tariq El-Shabazz, who until February was the first assistant to District Attorney Seth Williams, said the death penalty does nothing to help the city. Krasner and Negrin also said they would not seek death penalty sentences.

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