PA GOP launch impeachment effort against progressive Philly DA over rising violent crime

As crime rates rise across the nation, especially in Democrat-controlled urban centers, citizens are increasingly pushing back against far-left progressive district attorneys who have implemented soft-on-criminals leftist justice reform policies, and Republican politicians have begun to take notice.

Three GOP members of the Pennsylvania state House have initiated an impeachment process against progressive Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner in response to surging violent crime in that major city, the New York Post reported.

“We recognize it is an extraordinary measure — but the actions that the DA has taken are extraordinary,” Rep. Josh Kail (R), one of the sponsors of the impeachment effort, told the Post.

Impeachment launched

A news release from Rep. Kail on Monday announced the impeachment initiative against DA Krasner and noted that 220 murders have already occurred in Philadelphia since the start of the year while at least 1,000 individuals have been shot and wounded or killed in gun violence incidents over that same span.

“We did not arrive at this decision lightly or easily. In fact, we are taking this action after we have taken significant steps to pass legislation that addresses violent crime in Philadelphia by ensuring our current laws are enforced,” Kail said in the statement. “We are starting this process now because the unchecked violent crime in Philadelphia has reached a breaking point due to the willful refusal by District Attorney Krasner to enforce existing laws.”

Another of the sponsors, Rep. Torren Ecker (R), outlined Krasner’s “persistent dereliction of duty” in fully enforcing existing criminal statutes in the city and, in the process, making the city less safe for the average non-criminal resident.

“Unfortunately for the people of Philadelphia, and the people of Pennsylvania at large, the problem of violent crime in Philadelphia has reached a point that demands this action be taken,” Ecker said. “Taking this step today and undertaking this process continues what we have been doing and what we need to do to combat violence and crime here in Pennsylvania — ensure the laws already on the books are enforced.”

Following San Francisco

DA Krasner is not alone in facing the wrath of citizens and politicians who are fed up with spiraling violent crime and prosecutors who refuse to effectively deal with known and repeat criminal offenders, as this effort was launched less than a week after voters in heavily Democratic San Francisco, California, successfully recalled and removed far-left progressive District Attorney Chesa Boudin from office.

According to SFGate, it only took 30 minutes after the first batch of results were released last Tuesday for it to be unmistakably clear that Boudin had been recalled, and more thorough results since that election have confirmed that he was recalled by a margin of about 60-40 percent.

That was likely alluded to by the third sponsor of the effort to impeach Krasner, Rep. Tim O’Neal (R), who said, “Across the country, people are standing up to unchecked and uncontrolled violence and lawlessness allowed because of radical politicians in district attorneys’ offices, like Larry Krasner.”

“Just last week, city businesses said they are thinking of relocating because of spikes in crime,” he added with an eye closer to home. “Philadelphia is Pennsylvania’s major economic engine, a tourist attraction, and the birthplace of our freedoms. If unchecked crime is keeping businesses and tourists from visiting and locating in Philadelphia, it impacts Pennsylvania as a whole.”

Of course, the Post noted that Krasner has stood defiant against the nascent impeachment effort against him and, in a recent press conference, accused the Republican lawmakers of having “no legal basis whatsoever” to remove him and seemed to suggest instead that Republicans and voters should simply wait to try and vote him out of office the next time he is up for election.

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