Widow of slain Philadelphia police officer blames progressive DA Larry Krasner policies for her husband’s death

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The widow of a slain Philadelphia officer sent a message to liberal mega-donor George Soros on Thursday after he defended far-left district attorneys and their policies, including those of Pennsylvania District Attorney Larry Krasner, that she accuses of the murder of her husband.

sergeant. james O’Connor, a 23-year veteran of the force, was killed in the line of duty while serving an arrest warrant on March 13, 2020. Prosecutors in the case described the suspected killers as dangerous drug dealers with many rap sheets.

O’Connor’s widow, Terri, told Fox News on Thursday that she believes her husband would still be alive if not for the far-left bail policies of embattled DA Krasner, which allowed these gunmen to return to the streets after multiple arrests.


FILE: Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner speaks to the media after a news conference announcing Danielle Outlaw as the new police commissioner.
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“They had long criminal records for guns, shootings, murders. I could go on and on about that,” she said on “America Reports.” “They got out of jail multiple times because of our district attorney and his lenient policy. If these men were locked up and kept where they’re supposed to be, my husband would still be here today.”

Terri joins other Philadelphia victims crime crisis spiral who strongly criticized Krasner’s far-left politics and called for his ouster. In June, a group of Pennsylvania state officials opened impeachment proceedings against the liberal DA for dereliction of duty.

“We have a DA that won’t prosecute people who steal from stores if it’s under $1,000 and small businesses are closing because people can just walk in, take what they want and they know nothing will happen to them,” she said. .

Terri shared her story in response to an op-ed published this week by The Wall Street Journal, in which liberal billionaire Soros praised the work of progressive district attorneys and dismissed the idea that their policies were to blame for the spikes in crime across the country.


Soros tried to argue that policies implemented by “reformist prosecutors” he donated millions of dollars had been “popular” and “effective”.

FILE – Billionaire philanthropist and activist George Soros

FILE – Billionaire philanthropist and activist George Soros
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But Terri said her grief and that of so many others like her is proof that the current system “isn’t working”.

“It doesn’t work. Who thinks this system of giving people a second, third, fourth chance is working? Our city isn’t safe. It hasn’t been for a while,” he said. she declared. “There are younger victims being shot and killed every day. It’s because they’re being let out over and over and every time that happens you see their arrest records. It’s disgusting how many backgrounds they have. Nothing is being done about it. They’re not being kept behind bars where they deserve to be.”

State charges have been filed against the men who killed O’Connor, as well as federal charges that may include the death penalty.


Terri said the federal intervention in the case has given her more hope that the men who killed her husband will be brought to justice.

“[As far as] Taking that job out of the hands of our district attorney…we’ve already seen him go behind people’s backs and make deals without telling anyone. I’d be sure someone would be out on the street already,” she said, adding, “I’m so grateful they’re all locked up in federal prison right now.”

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