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Philly D.A. on McCoy case: Goal is to get it right, not fast

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams speak during a news conference Wednesday, June 10, 2015, in Philadelphia. Authorities in Philadelphia say a drug probe led to the confiscation of 22 pounds of heroin with a street value of $3.3 million. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) AP

A report on Thursday indicated that the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office was “pushing back” at police recommendations about charging Bills running back LeSean McCoy with a crime for his involvement in a fight with off-duty police officers at a nightclub more than a week ago.

The reason for the push-back is reportedly doubt about the behavior of the officers before, during and after the fight. During an appearance on Philadelphia radio station WIP Friday, Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police president John McNesby accused D.A. Seth Williams of “overthinking” the case.

Williams released a statement defending his handling of the case later on Friday.

“My team and I are continuing to investigate the incident that took place at the Recess Lounge,” Williams said. “Like with all investigations, I don’t comment about what I will or will not do until all of the evidence has been thoroughly reviewed. I understand that people are interested in the outcome of our investigation, but we’re not going to rush because some people are impatient — and to say that I am unwilling to prosecute difficult cases is a little misinformed. … The people of Philadelphia elected me to charge the right people with the right crimes nothing more and nothing less. My only goal is to get it right, not fast. The last thing we need is a rush to judgment.”

McCoy’s attorney said this week that McCoy did nothing wrong, but an official determination on that front remains up in the air at least a little while longer.

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38 Responses to “Philly D.A. on McCoy case: Goal is to get it right, not fast”
  1. babygaga19 says: Feb 19, 2016 12:46 PM

    The goal is to get off-duty cops fully covered up before this goes any farther.

  2. lingsun54 says: Feb 19, 2016 12:47 PM

    Unless it’s a an alleged case of police brutality. Then the goal is to arrest someone as quickly as possible for political gain. Rather than caring about the truth and what really happened.

  3. jonathankrobinson424 says: Feb 19, 2016 12:50 PM

    ….no charges will be filed because it’s looking like the off duty police officers were just as much as fault as McCoy and posse. This is just a good’o bar fight that the cops lost….

  4. touchdownroddywhite says: Feb 19, 2016 12:53 PM

    Of course the president of the local FOP is going to side with the officers. The DA is taking the right approach. It takes two to tango. . .

  5. akaodoyle says: Feb 19, 2016 12:55 PM

    Charge the cops. Do the right thing.

  6. whitewalkerinphilly says: Feb 19, 2016 12:56 PM

    The union president for cops is worried about a DA thinking too much when the DA doesn’t immediately do what he wants.

    You can’t make this up.

  7. mjd08501 says: Feb 19, 2016 12:57 PM

    What a novel concept. Almost seems to make more sense than constantly rushing to judgment over everything then looking dumb when all the facts actually come out.

  8. shaggytoodle says: Feb 19, 2016 12:57 PM

    Thats refreshing to hear… even though the circumstances were different with the Johnny Manziel incident a few weeks ago was breezed over then dismissed until the judge ordered it reopened.

  9. mackcarrington says: Feb 19, 2016 12:57 PM

    I think it’s obvious and transparent that they are trying to frame this case to cover for and protect the police. After all, they are “on the same team”. Basically, whenever you have the police department “investigated” by the DA’s office, it’s like the wolf investigating whether the fox broke into the henhouse.

  10. ctiggs says: Feb 19, 2016 1:02 PM

    The goal is an internal affairs is looking into these cops buying and popping 1k plus bottles.

  11. joeconnorjr says: Feb 19, 2016 1:05 PM

    There could be a lot of explanations for the delay:

    1. Bureaucratic inertia (i.e., tough decisions always take longer than easy decisions);

    2. DA push-back against the police pressure to charge quickly (Really possible).

    3. Plea negotiations with McCoy (not too likely because of the ramifications under the Personal Conduct Policy)

    4. One of McCoy’s buddies lining up to take the fall for McCoy. (Possible).

    5. A presentation to the grand jury so that the grand jury, not the DA, makes the charge/don’t charge decision. (Possible)

    6. Normal investigation (hard to say because we don’t know how many people witnessed this fight and how difficult these witnesses were to locate)

    7. Possible pre-trial diversion for McCoy, like Ray Rice’s pre-trial intervention. (Possible, and the delay would occur because the DA would want to thoroughly investigate McCoy’s background before diverting him).

    8. If there are problems with the stories told by the off-duty cops, the DA may want them to take polygraph examinations (Unlikely, because few cops would agree to take a polygraph, especially if they consider themselves to be victims).

  12. genericcommenter says: Feb 19, 2016 1:08 PM

    I feel bad for police officers who think and try to do a good job for their communities within a culture that discourages it.

  13. flyspe says: Feb 19, 2016 1:10 PM

    I get that it isn’t cool to like cops now but wow. They are allowed to go out like the rest of us and no one in McCoy’s group was injured. So if the Cops didn’t ID themselves, they didn’t have weapons on them, how is this any different then if a car mechanic and his friends were the beat up in the club by McCoy’s group? You’re allowed to get kicked in the head and ribs over a disagreement?

  14. buffalowned says: Feb 19, 2016 1:15 PM

    It was always interesting to me how quick the reports came that the officers wouldn’t be charged. We can watch 20 second clips on tmz and speculate all we want but no one seems to know what really transpired leading up to the physical altercation. Regardless of the outcome, the DA deserves some credit for wanting to get it right and not succumbing to political and media pressure.

  15. joeconnorjr says: Feb 19, 2016 1:17 PM

    So if the Cops didn’t ID themselves, they didn’t have weapons on them, how is this any different then if a car mechanic and his friends were the beat up in the club by McCoy’s group?

    ——————-

    The difference is this: the car mechanic and his buddies lack the clout to bring political pressure on the DA to file charges.

  16. whitewalkerinphilly says: Feb 19, 2016 1:19 PM

    flyspe says:
    Feb 19, 2016 1:10 PM
    I get that it isn’t cool to like cops now but wow. They are allowed to go out like the rest of us and no one in McCoy’s group was injured. So if the Cops didn’t ID themselves, they didn’t have weapons on them, how is this any different then if a car mechanic and his friends were the beat up in the club by McCoy’s group? You’re allowed to get kicked in the head and ribs over a disagreement?
    ___________

    No. Which is why, usually, unless it is blatantly obvious that someone has taken a deadly weapon in, or the fight is absolutely one sided it’s a misdemeanor offense. In this case, Simple Assault, a second degree misdemeanor. This puts it in the same class as bigamy and impersonating a public official.

    For a first time offender, on a class 2 misdemeanor, common punishments are probation, a fine, community service, anger management counseling etc.

    The FOP wants a felony charge.

  17. joeconnorjr says: Feb 19, 2016 1:22 PM

    I feel bad for police officers who think and try to do a good job for their communities within a culture that discourages it.
    —————————

    So do I, but I’m not sure that applies here because these cops were off-duty and enjoying a night on the town.

  18. bleedingfacemask says: Feb 19, 2016 1:26 PM

    “The last thing we need is a rush to judgment.”

    This is the Internet. The only thing we know is how to do is rush to judgement.

  19. ebdug says: Feb 19, 2016 1:47 PM

    “Your Honor, we the jury find the defendant, Lesean McCoy Not Guilty … furthermore, we find the officers involved Guilty of false arrest and themselves Guilty of Assault. We also find the mayor and D,A. Guilty of Malfeasance in Office, and the city of Philadelphia Guilty of Defamation … Oh, and the Eagles suck.”

  20. flyspe says: Feb 19, 2016 1:58 PM

    No. Which is why, usually, unless it is blatantly obvious that someone has taken a deadly weapon in, or the fight is absolutely one sided it’s a misdemeanor offense. In this case, Simple Assault, a second degree misdemeanor. This puts it in the same class as bigamy and impersonating a public official.
    —————

    Or if they deem in this case it was aggravated assault. Since they were allegedly beaten with indifference to their lives while on the ground. I’m not a lawyer and I’m glad the DA is taking his time. I just believe if the off duty cops were rich white guys McCoy would be in jail.

  21. unclebluck says: Feb 19, 2016 2:10 PM

    All I know is if this was just 2 groups of average guys the arraignments would have been completed 2 weeks ago…..

  22. tindeaux says: Feb 19, 2016 2:24 PM

    correction: the goal is to get enough money for everyone, not just me. So please be patient!

  23. 6thsense10 says: Feb 19, 2016 2:29 PM

    Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police president John McNesby accused D.A. Seth Williams of “overthinking” the case.
    ——-
    I hope the next time a police officer is accused of brutality, and this is Philly so there will be a next time, FOP prez McNesby is telling the press and DA to stop overthinking and just charge the officer.

  24. whitewalkerinphilly says: Feb 19, 2016 2:37 PM

    lyspe says:

    Or if they deem in this case it was aggravated assault. Since they were allegedly beaten with indifference to their lives while on the ground. I’m not a lawyer and I’m glad the DA is taking his time. I just believe if the off duty cops were rich white guys McCoy would be in jail.
    —-

    Well, reading the statute it’s “extreme indifference to human life”, or with a deadly weapon, or if they were on duty. The last didn’t happen, the middle requires you to place one I’m McCoy’s hand. The only question is whether punching and kicking someone when that someone was able to give it right back and who drove himself to the hospital in the aftermath showed “extreme indifference to human life”. And whether you can prove that in court.

  25. jrclark1978 says: Feb 19, 2016 3:05 PM

    Ole Seth must be waiting for the NFLs “donation” check to clear. Crazy how long these banks are making us wait for our own money. My bank won’t stop choking my tax refund check for at least another week.

  26. silvernblacksabbath says: Feb 19, 2016 3:06 PM

    Remember ole Roger Goodell during the Ray Rice stuff…. “We’ve got to get it right”. lmao What a phony!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. whiteybulgersson says: Feb 19, 2016 3:18 PM

    This is why I like the Patriots.

    You never hear about a classless Patriot like McCoy.

  28. nhpats says: Feb 19, 2016 3:24 PM

    The DA is concerned because the last name for both officers is “Hatfield”!

  29. jocyn says: Feb 19, 2016 3:31 PM

    No matter what happens involving potential police impropriety in the City of Philadelphia John McNesby ALWAYS says the same thing… the cops were the victims and everything they said or did was above reproach.

    I suspect that there is evidence now indicating that these cops may have been drunk and obnoxious, instigating the fight and then getting their butts kicked. And because they got the worse of it they want the McCoy party to cast as criminals.

  30. jocyn says: Feb 19, 2016 3:33 PM

    whiteybulgersson says:
    Feb 19, 2016 3:18 PM
    This is why I like the Patriots.

    You never hear about a classless Patriot like McCoy.

    **************

    Yup, Aaron Hernandez was a real class act

  31. joeconnorjr says: Feb 19, 2016 4:03 PM

    Maybe the DA is waiting to see if Johnny Manziel has an alibi. If the DA could only get Manziel involved, this would be the perfect storm/circus.

  32. raidernation210 says: Feb 19, 2016 4:46 PM

    funny thing is Hollis Thomas a former eagle and local radio talk show host said 6 different sources are saying McCoy sucker punched the cop and they were beaten and stomped on. They also suffered significant injuries, so for you clueless morons who want to comment and bash the police, you need to get a clue before running your mouth

  33. bonitalocal says: Feb 19, 2016 5:24 PM

    Don’t get me wrong…McCoy is about the biggest doosh out there, BUT…
    IF this whole thing turns out to be the fault of the cops, how is Philly gonna’ sweep it under the rug?
    It has been turned into such a big deal that everyone is going to want to know exactly what happened. Philly can start by thanking their big-mouthed mayor for that!

    I know that I’m interested to find out how cops can blow 5 Grand on Champagne.

  34. TheWizard says: Feb 19, 2016 6:44 PM

    It’s not like McCoy has shown he carries a chip around on his shoulder or anything.

  35. billsfan1 says: Feb 19, 2016 8:06 PM

    You never hear about a classless Patriot like McCoy.

    Guess Aaron Herandez never happened ?

  36. bigbens69taintedlove says: Feb 20, 2016 12:04 AM

    Glad I’m seeing others wondering out loud about patrolman buying bottles in the club. This is Philly. Read about the corrupt narcotic cops. Read about the metro cop that was in charge of investigating her own drug ring over in camden. Half the bookies I know are cops. I trust the head of an FOP as much as a Chipotle burrito.

  37. therealtrenches says: Feb 20, 2016 8:53 AM

    Both parties (cops and celebrity rb) need to be brought up on charges.

    Assault is assault.

  38. controlaltdeletedeletedelete says: Feb 20, 2016 3:18 PM

    The problem the DA has is that the cops started the fight, then didn’t report the “incident” until days later, and also failed to mention that they drove while under the influence to the various hospitals to receive treatment.

    McCoy’s lawyers are going to have a field day with this.

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