Civil Rights Lawyer Larry Krasner Enters Crowded Philly D.A. Race

Krasner, who joins six others challenging incumbent Seth Williams, is known for specializing in criminal defense and police brutality matters.

Larry Krasner via Youtube.

Larry Krasner via Youtube.

Civil rights lawyer Lawrence Krasner has joined the race for Philadelphia District Attorney, becoming one of five Democrats (and one Republican) looking to oust incumbent Seth Williams. 

Krasner, 56, announced his candidacy while surrounded by activists and organizers yesterday evening in Center City, vowing to push for decarceration, fair law enforcement treatment toward minority and poor communities and the abolition of the death penalty.

Krasner, who specializes in criminal defense and police brutality matters, graduated from Stanford Law School in 1987 and worked as a public defender in Philadelphia for about six years before opening his private practice, Krasner & Long, LLC.

He’s largely known for representing activists, including members of the Occupy Philly and Black Lives Matter movements, as well as Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy, who was accused of assaulting an off-duty police officer in February 2016.

Williams, who’s seen a number of recent controversies, faces a tough race. He’s up against Krasner and four other Democrats, including former city managing director Rich Negrin, lawyer and real estate developer Michael Untermeyer, former federal prosecutor Joe Khan and former Municipal Court Judge Teresa Carr Deni. Republican Beth Grossman also entered the race last month.

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