The president of Philadelphia’s police union on Wednesday decried the protests sweeping cities across the country after grand juries in Missouri and New York state cleared white officers who killed unarmed black suspects.
“We have to guard against a growing trend in this country to replace due process and the legal system with media-fueled mob rule and sensationalism,” said John McNesby, president of the Philadelphia FOP.
“When our officers are confronted by a convicted, violent felon who should not be out of prison – who is in possession of a stolen, loaded firearm – what else do you want us to do?” he asked. “We’re not going to call a timeout. We’re not going to call a news hotline.”
He spoke in disgust about protesters who want to “stir up trouble.”
“Ask yourself a question,” he said. “Where were the protesters at any of the almost daily shootings and killings in Philadelphia?”
Just a few days ago, he said, a 13-year-old was shot in Wissinoming.
“No protesters at the location,” he said.