FOP president resumes war of words with Krasner over gun violence after meeting with Trump

Mike Dougherty
December 07, 2019 - 9:20 am
Philadelphia FOP President John McNesby

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philly Fraternal Order of Police President John McNesby met with President Trump Friday, and launched a verbal attack against District Attorney Larry Krasner when he returned from Washington, D.C., blaming progressive district attorneys such as Krasner for an uptick in shootings.

This is just the latest skirmish in the war of words between McNesby and Krasner.

McNesby and police leaders from other cities met with President Trump to talk about an uptick in gun violence. Philadelphia, Baltimore, Chicago, Houston, and Dallas were some of the cities he cited.

He told CBS 3 Eyewitness News that 110 kids have been shot in Philly in 2019, which he finds simply unacceptable. As for who he blamed for the violence, both here and elsewhere, McNesby pointed the finger at progressive district attorneys.

"D.A.s that are single-handedly ruining cities, major cities," he explained. "Philadelphia obviously is number one."

McNesby then zeroed in on Krasner. "He doesn't talk about victims," he said of the D.A. He doesn't talk about the kids that were shot, the number of guns on the street. Nothing."

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Krasner said McNesby and the police lack accountability and Krasner is "honored to once again to be attacked by President Trump, the most criminal U.S. president of my lifetime, and to hear it from one of his local megaphones, John McNesby. As usual in Trumpworld, the attacks are fact-free. Sorry, guys. History is not on your side.” He invited the president to Philadelphia to have a robust conversation on criminal justice and policing.

McNesby believes the dialogue needs to be at the local level and he said he tried to set up meetings with Krasner's office. "Unfortunately, there's been absolutely zero dialogue with the DA's office and I don't think they really want it," he said.

McNesby shared that President Trump will soon announce a federal plan to help cities like Philly curb gun violence, but details were not provided.