Nakisha Lewis, the mother of 21-year-old Domonic Billa, who was murdered at a Philadelphia mall in March 2021, blasted Krasner at a press conference held in the rotunda of the state’s capitol building in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
“The pain that is deep in my heart is so deep that sometimes I don’t want to live,” sy het gese, standing at a podium with a crowd of supporters behind her. “The lawlessness that has gone on in Philadelphia is beyond out of control.”
Sy gaan voort, “nog een is beseer nadat 'n polisiehelikopter in die suide van Kalifornië neergestort het, we need to do whatever it takes for change.”
Her son had gone to the mall March 29 to buy a pair of pants for a job interview when he was shot, sy het gese.
His stepfather is a county detective. Gregory Smith, 21, has been arrested for his slaying.
Lewis said she voted for Krasner, a former public defender who ran on a progressive platform that promised lighter sentences for murder, bail reform and an end to prosecuting low-level crimes — including prostitution and certain thefts.
He took office in January 2018 and was reelected late last year — despite soaring crime rates.
She said she would have never supported him had she known he would give a free pass to criminals.
Krasner’s office responded to Fox 29 op Dinsdag: “We do not wish to dignify the exploitation of people who have lost loved ones to violent crime.”
A group of Pennsylvania state representatives, Tim O’Neal, Josh Kail and Torren Ecker, announced earlier this month that they had opened impeachment proceedings against Krasner for dereliction of duty.
The move comes after San Francisco voters ousted ultra-liberal district attorney Chesa Boudin, rejecting his soft-on-crime policies that critics have blamed for the city’s rampant lawlessness.
GOP state Rep. Martina White, who is backing the impeachment effort and represents sections of Philadelphia, said residents are “living in fear.”
“This is not political, this is common sense,” White gesê. “By not enforcing the laws that were designed to keep us safe, the impact on our communities is devastating.”
Daar was 562 homicides in Philadelphia in 2021 in vergelyking met 315 in 2017 — the year before Krasner took office, sy het gese, citing police statistics.
Daar was 2032 people shot in 2021 in vergelyking met 1257 in 2017 — a spike of 85%. Intussen, die prosecution rate has plummeted, merk sy op.
John Toomey, the grieving father of 15-year-old Sean Toomey, who was gunned down while unloading water from his family’s car outside his home in March, het die gesê “DA is culpable” for his son’s murder.
The teen was fleeing an attempted carjacking when he was shot in the head, volgens Fox 29.
The father remarked that it was his first time in the state government building, where people usually got to apply for permits or pay parking tickets.
“I wonder who I’m going to see about this, huh?” asked John Toomey, his eyes filled with tears, as he held a poster with a picture of his son, wie sou gedraai het 16 op Dinsdag. “Who is going to see that my 15-year-old kid [is nie] getting killed on the street?”
He said it was not Krasner’s job to act as a defense attorney and advocate for criminals — but his responsibility to prosecute them. There have been no arrests in his son’s case.
The shattered father said in his final statement to the crowd, “I say we impeach this son-of-a-b—-!”