Philadelphia police union chief chastises DA for not charging LeSean McCoy

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The Bills running back dodged charges last week for allegedly punching and attacking two off-duty police officers with three other men.
The Bills running back dodged charges last week for allegedly punching and attacking two off-duty police officers with three other men.

The head of Philadelphia’s police union has been critical of District Attorney R. Seth Williams' investigation into a February nightclub fight involving Bills running back LeSean McCoy and several off-duty police officers.

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When the district attorney's office announced Monday it had found insufficient evidence to charge McCoy for his alleged role in the incident, John McNesby, president of Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5, had a few choice words.

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"Apparently assaults are prosecuted everywhere except in Philadelphia, particularly when the victims are police officers," McNesby wrote in a letter to union members. "In late March, a Trump campaign manager was charged for apparently grabbing a reporter by the arm in Florida. In New Jersey as (sic) arrest was made for a video recording of an assault on a teenagers (sic).

"Yet, in Philadelphia, a vicious assault on off-duty police officers by a rich athlete and his friends goes completely unpunished. Serious and permanent injuries were inflicted on these officers as a result of a brutal assault captured on film, but a season-ticket hunting District Attorney refuses to do his sworn job and prosecute the attackers.

"Please keep this in mind this summer when the carnival surrounding the National Democratic Convention pulls into town," the letter continued. "You might want to give the motley collection of prosecutors a wide berth since you will NOT be supported by the District Attorney if you are assaulted or injured, even when the crime is recorded on film. You can bet he and his friends will go after YOU though, if you are lucky enough to win the fight.

"Why aren't there any Civilian Review Boards looking into this outrage. (sic) For the police in Philadelphia, justice delayed is justice denied."

The incident, a portion of which was caught on camera, took place at the Recess Lounge in Philadelphia at approximately 2:45 a.m. on Feb. 7. Per the police report, Tamarcus Porter, a member of McCoy's group, confronted a group of three off-duty officers and grabbed a champagne bottle from their table.

A skirmish resulted, and two of the officers were injured. One suffered a laceration to his right eye, a broken nose, broken ribs and a sprained thumb; the other received eight stitches over his left eye and was treated for a possible skull fracture. 

Neither officer called 911 to report the incident and transported themselves to separate hospitals for treatment.

Williams said Monday his office's nine-week investigation, which included 44 interviews with 27 people, determined "it is clear that a physical altercation took place, (but) there is insufficient credible evidence to determine which of the participants was the initial aggressor or whether some participants were acting in self-defense or in the reasonable defense of another."

Neither of the three other men in McCoy's party, nor the officers, will face charges related to the incident.

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