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DA Krasner Statement on Prosecution of Former Police Officers Charged with Assault of Young Man With Autism

PHILADELPHIA (February 22, 2022) – District Attorney Larry Krasner issued the following statement on the dismissal by a Municipal Court judge of a case involving two off-duty Philadelphia Police officers alleged to have chased and assaulted a young man in August of 2021:  

We are seeing a disturbing pattern of criminal cases against police officers getting charges against them thrown out by judges during the preliminary hearing phase, only to be re-instated on appeal. The law applies equally to everyone. Philadelphians should ask why some judges are finding no accountability at a preliminary hearing for police when they commit the same crimes that get everyone else held over for trial.   

“My office will consider all possible avenues for seeking justice in this matter, and to hold accountable the individuals who chased, terrorized, and assaulted a young and innocent man with Asperger syndrome on the night of August 19, 2021.”

CONTACT:  

Jane Roh, 215-686-8711, [email protected]

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The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office is the largest prosecutor’s office in Pennsylvania, and one of the largest in the nation. It serves the more than 1.5 million residents of the City and County of Philadelphia, employing 600 lawyers, detectives, and support staff. The District Attorney’s Office is responsible for the prosecution of approximately 40,000 criminal cases annually.