Making the case for why Mr. Seth Williams, Philadelphia’s first Black elected District Attorney, should resign from office.
First and foremost, I acknowledge the paucity of Black elected prosecutors in America.
And to that matter, my colleagues, through my communications channels, have acknowledged that the race of elected prosecutors, given the inherently dysfunctional and overworked criminal justice system, is of little consequence, as the job has become about filling a role and upholding a status quo based on racial inequality, not pursuing truth, justice, equality, equity or parity.
It was reasonable, I concede, at one point to adopt a “vote black” mentality, as the scales of justice were so titled towards one community that only an insurgence of black politicos could bring about the appearance of balance.
Now, though, it’s become clear, using Philadelphia as a model, that African-American politicians have no more obligation to preserve and protect Black life from the repugnant system than a highly functioning monkey whose obsessed with his furry rectum.
Ignoring for the moment the roster of Black Philadelphia democrats who’ve disgraced the offices they held with corruption, I’d like to focus my attention on the first Black elected District Attorney of Philadelphia, Mr. Seth Williams, who I now, without question, deem unfit to hold office.
The position I’ve taken is exacerbated by Mr. Williams’ refusal to reopen the criminal investigation into the fatal officer-involved shooting death of Mr. Brandon Tate-Brown, but it’s rooted and influenced in his complete and utter incompetence in the case of Mr. Tomayo McDuffy, a young black man who in 2013 was wrongfully accused of attempted murder based solely on the word of a crazed blind woman with a history of making false accusation and who was only freed due to tireless activism.
So, as you can see, before Mr. Williams was basing his criminal investigation into the shooting death of Mr. Tate-Brown on false statements of police officers, he was attempting to build a criminal investigation against Mr. McDuffy on the false statement of a mentally-ill person and the shoddy work of the Philadelphia police department.
What makes this current political reality so newsworthy is that the same activists – Mr. Greg Brinkley, Mr. Edward Lloyd and Mr. Asa Khalif – that worked to uncover and bolster the evidence that disproved the police’s narrative in the case of Mr. Tate-Brown, are the same gentlemen who uncovered and bolstered evidence that cleared the name of Mr. McDuffy.
Before Mr. Brinkley, Mr. Lloyd and Mr. Khalif were marching in the snow on February 21st, 2015, demanding to know the name of the officer who killed Mr. Tate-Brown on December 15th, 2014, they were protesting in a thunderstorm on August 30th, 2013, demanding that the DA’s office drop the charged against Mr. McDuffy, an aspiring lyricist.
On November 20th, 2014, Mr. Williams’ office dropped the charges against Mr. McDuffy based on the evidence presented by Mr. Brinkley and Mr. Lloyd more than a year prior to that date.
Mr. Brinkley, in June of 2015, at a press conference held in response to the news that Mr. Tate-Brown wasn’t reaching for a gun when he was killed like police originally stated, called for Mr. Williams to resign.
And like me, though his current position is exacerbated by the case of Mr. Tate-Brown, it’s rooted and influenced by the injustice that plagued Mr. McDuffy.
Mr. Williams is now and has been in the past, on the wrong side of history. He has shown with his words and actions that Black lives don’t matter to him or at least not as much as white ones do.
Mr. Williams was insubordinate in 2013 when his bosses, the taxpayers that hired him, demanded that an innocent boy be released due to insufficient evidence and he’s insubordinate now in 2015 when his bosses are demanding that he reopen an investigation due to overwhelming evidence that a crime was committed, even if the crime was just giving a false statement or obstruction of justice.
The repeated insubordination by Mr. Williams, who before being the District Attorney of Philadelphia had never had any experience in public office, proves that he doesn’t comprehend the way government works.
Moreover, Mr. Williams seems incapable of grasping the concept that he serves the public, and that the public are not annoyances that can be forcefully removed by a paramilitary organization disguised as a police department.
Mr. Williams has stained the Office of the District Attorney and the only solution is for him to remove himself or have the people remove him, forcibly.
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