Hallelujah: The Pennsylvania state House of Representative has impeached woke Philly DA Larry Krasner. Krasner still faces a trial in the Senate,but the impeachment itself is an important blow struck for public safety.
It’s also one more sign of rising anger across the nation over prosecutors who don’t even pretend to want to fight crime.
Philly is in the midst of a crime crisis. It had 499 murders in 2020, 562 homicides in 2021 — a grim record — and 2022 is on pace to be even worse.The ugly numbers represent a staggering 57% increase over the same period pre-pandemic.
Krasner’s soft-on-crime policies are the driving force. Murders have gone up every year Krasner has been in office.Other offenses — like shootings and carjackings — are also skyrocketing.He’s gone so far as to create a special unit to make sure that 18- to 25-year-old offenders (i.e. one of the main age groups committing crimes) will get lenient treatment, not prison or other criminal punishments.
Wrong. The House is well within its rights to fight back against a DA who refuses to do his job. (And it’s rich fora Soros-backed radical like Krasner to appeal to the sanctity of democracy: A billionaire greased his way into office.)
He’s clearly scared. And he should be. Across the country, the popular tide is turning against DAs who side with crooks against law-abiding citizens. From the successful recall effort that booted San Francisco’s Chesa Boudin to the sadly defeated one mounted against LA’s George Gascón,the public is getting sick and tired of when prosecutors act to destroy public safety in the name of “equity.”
And no shock: One analysis puts more than 40% of all murders nationwide in places overseen by Soros-backed DAs.Albany’s own DA David Soares — who first won office long ago office with Soros backing — has had enough of the slaughter and joined with the fiercest critics of New York’s disastrous criminal-justice reforms.
There’s an effort among Democrats nationwide to point to the midterms as a vindication of their terrible policies. No: They faced a GOP encumbered by Donald Trump, not an electorate enthusiastically behind them (as witness the red typhoon that hit New York).
Until crime goes down, the public will not rest. Krasner and his ilk need to correct course or face the consequences.