Black Lives Matter PA Calls on DA Seth Williams to Resign
Black Lives Matter Pennsylvania protesters took to the streets outside indicted Philly District Attorney Seth Williams’s Center City office this morning.
Demonstrators gathered near City Hall at 8:45 a.m., shutting down a lane of traffic in the process.
The organization joins several others – like Philly’s Fraternal Order of Police union – in calling on Williams to resign less than a week after he was indicted on 23 corruption charges, including wire fraud, extortion, the use of interstate facilities to promote bribery and honest services fraud.
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“Take a Kodak moment,” Asa Khalif of Black Lives Matter Pennsylvania told NBC10. “This is probably the only time you’ll see Black Lives Matter and the FOP in total agreement.”
Williams is accused of accepting gifts in exchange for his willingness to take official action as well as misusing about $20,000 that was meant to pay for his mother’s care in a local nursing home. A number of officials, including Mayor Jim Kenney and all eight DA candidates vying to take Williams’s spot, have also called on the DA to step down.
“At a time when our citizens’ trust in government is at an all-time low, it is disheartening to see yet another elected official give the public a reason not to trust us,” Kenney said in a statement last week. “That this comes at the heard of our justice system is even more troubling. We must all greatly raise the bar for our behavior and show the citizens of Philadelphia that we are capable of carrying out our most basic responsibilities as elected officials, upholding the law.”
This story and headline have been updated to specify the name of the group leading the protest.
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