By Peter Gleason
Philly history is littered with examples of tension between the police department and the district attorney’s office.
Cops have one function — arrest alleged law-breakers.
Prosecutors have a distinctly function — bring them to justice.
And the Shady McCoy Old City brawl case has highlighted and exacerbated that tension.
The DA’s office has been silent regarding its plans for McCoy. News of the bar fight he was allegedly involved in broke nine days ago, and that was quickly followed by reports that charges against McCoy were imminent. But there hasn’t been any movement since then, and now CSN is reporting that the delay is due to rising tension between the D.A. and police department
From CSN Philly:
According to law enforcement officials, tension between the District Attorney’s office and PPD has risen over the last few days because of the delay in charging McCoy and three other men for their alleged role in a fight at Recess Lounge in Old City early on the morning of Feb. 7. Sources told CSNPhilly.com that the D.A.’s office is hesitant to issue warrants because it has questions about the conduct of the officers that evening, including that the officers did not call 9-1-1 during the incident and whether they were drinking to excess.
Videos claiming to show the brawl haven’t offered much clarity, either, but this report makes it sound like the off-duty cops may have been instigators as well as victims.
The DA’s office isn’t proceeding like this is a slam-dunk case.