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Philly FOP President Blasts DA Krasner in Letter to Police Cadets

The always outspoken John McNesby says Krasner deliberately endangered the lives of recruits.


John McNesby (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek) and Larry Krasner (Photo courtesy of the Krasner campaign).

It’s no secret that John McNesby isn’t the biggest fan of District Attorney Larry Krasner.

The brash leader of Philadelphia’s Fraternal Order of Police union freely labeled the progressive Democrat as “anti-law enforcement” during his campaign and even once referred to Krasner supporters as “the parasites of the city.” A truce was reportedly brokered between the two sparring officials last spring, but it now seems a chill has once again descended over the relationship following Krasner’s address to cadets at the police academy earlier this week.

“On Wednesday, District Attorney Krasner spoke by invitation to a group of cadets at an event organized by the Guardian Civic League, an organization of African-American police officers,” DAO spokesman Ben Waxman said in a release. “During that event, he laid out several hypothetical scenarios where the DA’s office would charge or not charge officers based on the facts and the law. As part of those examples, he talked about the use of force in different situations … The purpose of the event was to assist young officers in avoiding problems during their careers.”

Apparently taking exception to the DA’s speech, McNesby penned a scathing letter that trashed Krasner and advised all recruits to completely disregard his “ridiculous and dangerous” remarks.

Waxman took to Twitter to offer an official response from the district attorney’s office, in which he called the contents of McNesby’s letter “a total fabrication.”

You can check out a video of Krasner’s speech and hear for yourself below: