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The Fraternal Order of Transit Police Endorse Beth Grossman for District Attorney of Philadelphia

The Fraternal Order of Transit Police, FOTP Lodge #109 is proud to announce its endorsement of Beth Grossman for District Attorney of Philadelphia.

As law enforcement officers we feel very strongly about who should be the head law enforcement official of the nation’s 5th largest city. Many of our officers not only work in Philadelphia, but live here as well. Beth Grossman has had a 21-year career with the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, serving in a variety of departments and at many different levels of the office. During her time with the Public Nuisance Task Force she addressed public nuisance crimes including drug houses and businesses and quality of life issues.

Beth Grossman will hold everyone accountable for their actions equally and fairly, from public and elected officials to everyday citizens. This is why, putting all personal political opinions and affiliations aside, the FOTP Union’s Executive Board voted unanimously in favor of endorsing Beth Grossman to be the next District Attorney in Philadelphia. We feel she is the best and ONLY option in this election and for the future of our great city.

Beth Grossman for District Attorney!
Fraternal Order of Transit Police

 

 

FOP Lodge #109

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Enough is enough

On January 6, 2017, I announced that I would run as a Republican candidate for District Attorney of Philadelphia in the May primary election.  On that day, in front of what had been my parents’ candy store on Kensington Avenue, I explained that I was running to free Philadelphia from the dangerous corruption of one-party rule. Democracy only works when there is a system that holds everyone accountable for their actions. Elected officials are subject to the checks and balances put forth by the laws we are all beholden to.

 

Nine months later, corruption continues.  This week it was reported that Municipal Court Judge Jimmie Moore resigned and will plead guilty to making false statements in his campaign-finance filings about a $90,000 payment from United States Representative Bob Brady’s campaign. The filing charged that Moore “knowingly falsified, concealed and covered up the payment from the Federal Election Commission.” All of those dealing with corruption issues since I announced my candidacy are Democrats.  Since 2013, Philadelphia has seen far too many investigations, indictments and guilty pleas or convictions of Democratic public officials. This includes judges, State Representatives, a United States Congressman, Pennsylvania’s Attorney General and Philadelphia’s own District Attorney. I switched parties and chose to run as a Republican because I have had enough with one party rule in Philadelphia for over 60 years.

 

No political party is inherently corrupt, as well, no party is excluded from suffering from corruption. When any party is in power for so long, it can result in complacency. The District Attorney’s Office, with its mission to seek justice and fairly and ethically enforce our laws, is the right office to start making a change and holding people accountable, despite party affiliation.  Public corruption must not continue to be tolerated.  If elected District Attorney, I pledge to prosecute political and municipal corruption because I would truly be the District Attorney of all of the people in our city. Philadelphia and its residents deserve nothing less.

 

This corruption can end by electing someone without the backing of the Democratic party machine. By electing someone whose campaign has not been backed by an out-of-town billionaire with an agenda, who knows nothing about the problems and needs of Philadelphia’s neighborhoods.
Philadelphians, we can all make a statement on November 7, 2017. Together we can say: We vote to end the culture of corruption in Philadelphia, enough is enough.

 

 

Restorative Justice: A Chance to Earn a Clean Slate

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Philadelphia, PA- Many of the talking points in this election have revolved around the issue of Criminal Justice Reform. Repeatedly stated are claims that the criminal justice system as a whole is unfair. My opponent has made numerous claims alluding to possible non-enforcement or worse, selective enforcement, of multiple crimes should he be elected. As someone with over two decades of experience as a prosecutor I can personally attest to a strong need to reform, streamline, and modernize the system to make it more user friendly for the victims of crime, suspects, and those paid by taxpayers to administer justice in an efficient and effective manner.

One of the best avenues to be explored in the arena of criminal justice reform is Restorative Justice. Restorative Justice is a framework which has been proposed as an alternative to the current way of thinking about crime and criminal justice. It gives priority to repairing the harm done to victims and communities, while emphasizing offender accountability, where the offender takes responsibility and action to repair harm. Some organizations in Philadelphia, like the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, currently utilize this framework with positive results. For example, 84% of participants in their Restorative Justice Program are not incarcerated again within a year of completing the program.

Instead of simply declaring the enforcement of certain crimes “unfair” and neglecting one’s sworn duty to the public, it is more appropriate for a District Attorney’s Office to explore alternatives which help to make victims whole while initiating a corrections process that doesn’t just punish offenders but gives them an opportunity to turn their lives around, earn a clean slate after demonstrating their rehabilitation, and have the community involved in their re-entry into society.

The National Institutes of Justice defines authentic restorative justice as a continuum that includes underlying principles, basic tenets, general public policies, and specific practices, programs and procedures. In order to accomplish this, the practitioner needs a sound, comprehensive understanding of all the relationships affected by crime and recognize that the criminal justice system must focus on the full circle of injuries, needs and responsibilities of crime victims, the community, government, and offenders.

Therefore, as your District Attorney, I would approach the issue of Criminal Justice Reform by first recognizing that you can’t arrest yourself out of a cycle of crime that is heavily contributed to by a struggling local economy and under-performing education system.

At the same time, it is the sworn duty of the District Attorney to enforce the laws of the land, advocate for the victims of crime, and assure that criminality does not have the opportunity to continue to threaten the safety of our communities.

I take my campaign for District Attorney seriously and have been seeking out best practices nationally to examine how they may be effective in Philadelphia. In doing so, I met with Gen. Sid Baumgarten, the former Deputy Mayor of New York, who helped America’s biggest city address the first major heroin epidemic of the 1970’s. I met with Sid because he sits on the board of New York Therapeutic Communities, and he showed me how their long-term treatment process, coupled with job training, employment, and support for community reentry has a proven 77% success rate based upon a five-year follow-up study in rehabilitating those suffering from addiction who have come in contact with the criminal justice system. In working with our courts, public health, and correctional stakeholders, it is clear we should further explore this alternative to short-term incarceration and lifelong criminal records for those affected by this crisis.

At the same time, I have been lucky to engage policy advisers who have studied law enforcement communities in states like Washington, Florida, Texas and the DC metro areas. By working with courts, instead of simply “doing away” with bail, we can create a surety system similar to many other cities, some larger than Philadelphia, yet with less crime. In those cities suspects can post bail at a small percentage of the total, but are incentivized to return to their court appearances. Furthermore, the use of technology to merge law enforcement databases with courts and corrections is long overdue. Doing so will enable the officers on the street  to monitor conditions of release easily. By using technology and streamlining the processes between law enforcement agencies, the DA’s Office, and the Courts, the arrest-to-trial process can be streamlined, putting more officers on the street instead of spending hours on paperwork or waiting in the halls at the Criminal Justice Center.

I have the experience to know that if you don’t address criminal behavior when it’s still minor; there’s a strong possibility that the offender will graduate to more serious crimes. Any candidate for public office, from District Attorney to Mayor, who feels that laws they don’t agree with should simply be ignored are not only doing a disservice to the taxpayers who entrust them with their public safety, but they are also doing a disservice to those offenders that can be rehabilitated before they possibly commit crimes that are too major to participate in restorative justice efforts.

As District Attorney, I will work closely with state legislators from both the Democratic and Republican parties, as I have maintained strong relationships with both parties, to explore ways to restore someone’s civil rights after they have demonstrated rehabilitation. In looking at Florida’s restoration of Civil Rights and New York’s Certificate of Relief from Civil Disabilities/Certificate of Good Conduct process, and in the over 20 diversion programs currently in use in the Philadelphia DA’s office, there are demonstrated best practices out there to clear one’s record and restore their civil rights after they have paid their debt to society. This satisfies the responsibility to crime victims while also giving offenders an opportunity at a clean slate.

My opponent and his supporters seem to believe that criminal justice reform can be accomplished by simply giving certain crimes a pass, but my years of experience have taught me that crimes cannot be processed as if from a silo. Every crime needs to be addressed individually, in the best interest of the victim, the community, and even the offender. My plan will hold criminals responsible for their crimes, while allowing the 70-100 million Americans living with a criminal record the opportunity to demonstrate their rehabilitation and get a chance at a clean slate without the costly, highly political process associated with applying for expungement.

These ideas come from experience and collaboration with seasoned professionals, not funders seeking to make a social experiment out of public safety. Experience matters, which is why I’m asking for your vote.

Grossman on the Issues: Don’t be Distracted

Every day, I go to every neighborhood of Philadelphia in my campaign for District Attorney. People shake my hand, give me a hug and tell me what’s on their mind. In doing so, I often get questions from people about what they’ve seen or heard in the papers or on the television news. Nine times out of ten, I educate them on the legality of the issue as a good prosecutor should, and which elected or appointed leader has the responsibility of addressing it…and in almost every occasion, the person who asked me walks away a more empowered, informed political consumer.

You see, many of the headlines in both the local and national news is given coverage because it is sensational; which causes local politicians to jump in on the issue for notoriety. My warning to all who read this is: Don’t be distracted.

In almost every national news interview I have had since running, the issue of immigration is brought up. Now, with the President’s decision to send DACA to Congress for an official vote; this issue is the top story in almost every paper and news broadcast in America.  Why? Because it’s polarizing and sensational. Of course nobody, myself included, wants to see families separated or children deported to dangerous places. However, the actions of local politicians nationwide have turned this important issue into a political distraction from many of their actual jobs.

So when I’m asked about DACA or Immigration, I may give my personal view on the issue but inform the person asking about the law and the duties of the office for which I am proud to be running for. Immigration enforcement and policy are federal issues. Therefore, there is no circumstance in where the Philadelphia District Attorney will prosecute a suspect on immigration charges alone. If the bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) were to serve a detainer order on the Philadelphia Police or Sheriff; it would be because ICE was notified that the suspect in question was already in lawful custody for a local matter; which abides by the Constitution. This was always the policy in Philadelphia and the politicians protesting over it are well aware of it.

Regardless, my opponent and his supporter, Council Member Helen Gym was out protesting the President’s DACA decision as they did weeks before over the statue of Mayor Rizzo. While they are well within their rights to lawfully protest any issue they want, all of you should be asking why they aren’t talking about the life-and-death issues that are in their purview.

So when you see any local politician in the news, myself included; please use critical thinking as to whether they are doing their respective jobs in serving you before grandstanding on issues that are not in their responsibility.

So, when you see my opponent marching arm-in-arm with BLM and AntiFa to protest the statue of a mayor who left office 37 years ago; ask why he hasn’t addressed the 207 people who’ve been murdered in Philadelphia this year, the 278 murdered last year or the shocking 907 who were victims last year of the opioid crisis in Philadelphia alone? Maybe it’s because he wants you to concentrate on these polarizing identity issues while ignoring the shocking criminality that will be under his responsibility to address if he were to become Philadelphia’s to law enforcement officer. Why, because his total lack of requisite experience becomes obvious when he tries to weigh in against someone like me who has two decades of the type of work he is running to try and learn about on the job.

When you see Helen Gym marching with my opponent, ask her why almost every one of her appearances involves a polarizing social issue linked to identity politics when we most need our Council for real issues, like a totally underfunded pension system and crumbling infrastructure? I’m not running for a legislative seat, but I’m pretty sure the members of District Council 33, 47, Local 22, FOP 5, and other unions representing municipal employees would like to know why our Council Members are spending the majority of their public influence protesting federal issues and statues while their pension funds are disappearing.

Lastly, ask yourself why the one local Democrat who will actually have a vote on DACA; Rep. Bob Brady, wasn’t at the protest with the Council Member and DA candidate from his own party?

Folks, I am not running for District Attorney to become a politician. I am running because in my 21 years of service to the DA’s Office, I experienced the issues or crime and public safety effecting the citizens of our city first-hand. In this race, we should be talking about our responsibility to the victims of crime and sworn duty to uphold the law and make our city safer. Elected office should be a meritocracy, based on one’s resume and ability to hold the office in question…and not their political affiliation or ability to get millions in outside funding.

Philadelphia: Don’t be distracted.

 

Philly’s DA Office: Improving relationships between communities and police

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Within Philadelphia exists a great deal of criminal justice and public safety concerns. This includes the need to improve relationships between communities and the police.

Recently, in light of the heated protest in front of a police officer’s home and the Support the Blue rally at the FOP, nasty name calling came from both John McNesby and Larry Krasner-supporter Asa Khalif. Let me make clear, I do not condone any name calling from either side.

If elected come November, I seek to run a District Attorney’s Office where all prosecutors, law enforcement personnel and support staff speak to everyone, including the public and to one another, with respect.  All District Attorney’s Office employees will handle themselves professionally and ethically while pursuing justice, ensuring that everyone’s Constitutional rights, including those accused of crime, are upheld, and championing the rights of victims and survivors of crime.

Grossman calling out Soros, BLM and the criminal acts against the rights and justice system of Philly

On August 25, 2017, Philadelphia elementary school teacher John Sheerin was arrested and charged with terroristic threats and harassment against a police officer during a protest at the Frank Rizzo statue on August 16, 2017.  Video shows Sheerin profanely threatening to beat police.

The First Amendment of the United States Constitution states:

Congress shall make no law…or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press,or of the right of the people to peaceably assemble, …

However, crimes should not and cannot be permitted to be cloaked within that Constitutional right; nor can they be committed for the sake of political expediency.  You do not have the right to threaten a police officer or anyone else.  No matter what the agenda of a protest is, whether a District Attorney supports it or denounces such, if a crime is committed against a police officer during the course of a protest by a protestor, then that individual should be charged appropriately

Sheerin, along with Black Lives Matter activist Asa Khalif and others, also attended the August 24, 2017 protest in front of the home of a Philadelphia police officer who is currently under investigation by the Attorney General’s Office for the June line-of-duty shooting of David Jones. I make no comment upon the David Jones shooting; I am not privy to all of the facts and/or evidence.  Nor do I pass judgment on the BLM movement, but I disagree with the tactics used. No one should have to hear profanity loudly spewed in his or her neighborhood.

My opponent is supported by Asa Khalif, who is one of his most vocal supporters and with whom he travels to various events on the campaign trail.  As a criminal defense attorney, my opponent has represented BLM.  I have no bones with any of this.  But it bears thought what my opponent would do if elected District Attorney and a member of BLM threatens and harasses a police officer while protesting. Would he do the appropriate thing and recuse himself because of this conflict of interest?  Will he charge other protestors– whose causes he may support – if they harm and/or threaten a police officer? Will he even charge individuals who physically harm officers during the course of his or her duties?

Having someone angrily call you a motherfucker and pig to your face all the while remaining professional and silent cannot be easy for law enforcement. I support the First Amendment and our right to protest. But I am damn well also support those Philadelphia Police officers who honorably, honestly and lawfully serve Philadelphia every day.  

 

A Candidate’s Thank You Note

I announced my candidacy for District Attorney of Philadelphia on January 6, 2017. Since that time, I discovered something wonderful about the people in the city I love.  Despite the Presidential election, which has created an enormous amount of divisiveness throughout our nation, Philadelphians – in our overwhelmingly Democratic town – have treated me, as a Republican candidate, with nothing but respect.

Leading up to the primary and as the only Republican candidate, I was invited to the same events as the seven(!) Democratic candidates.  I was given the same amount of speaking time, no one booed me and people asked me incredibly insightful questions. Everyone listened and I met wonderful folks from all parties – Democrats, Green, Libertarians and many Independents. Since the primary, I have been treated with the same respect. Even if someone showed an immediate negative reaction to my party affiliation, almost everyone has given me the privilege of his or her time and allowed me to explain my political past and why I switched parties and became a Republican. And, more often than not, he or she let me tell them about my experience as a prosecutor and why I am running for District Attorney of Philadelphia.

As Tip O’Neill wrote – all politics is local.  And some one of the most pressing local issues are public safety and quality of life. And that is the common denominator of most Philadelphians. It matters not whether they live in in Strawberry Mansion, Overbrook, Kensington, South Philly, Frankford, Tacony, Rittenhouse Square – wherever.  Philadelphians want to be safe.  Philadelphia kids should be able to play outside. Philadelphia seniors should be able to go shopping safely. Philadelphia families don’t want their loved ones to fall prey to addiction to heroin, opioids or crack.

Everyone should be able to live in safe neighborhoods – working folks, unemployed, law enforcement, families of those who are incarcerated and returning citizens.

I am not wearing rose-colored glasses.  The public safety and quality of life issues Philadelphians face every day will not disappear overnight. But if elected District Attorney, I would like to treat all Philadelphians with the same respect that has been given to me.  And I will do this by running an ethical and upstanding office; by championing the rights of victims and survivors of crime; and by continuing to work with partners in the criminal justice system to bring more reform to our criminal courts.

Philadelphians – thanks for giving me a listen.  Hope to see you out there on the campaign trail.

Live Interview

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Philadelphia, PA — The Republican nominee for District Attorney of Philadelphia, Beth Grossman will be live tomorrow, Friday, August 25, 2017 for an interview with Money Talk with Melanie Collette.

Beth will be discussing George Soros and his destruction of American cities, as well as the impact on Philly’s election.

Interview from 10-11AM ET.
Listen, Watch and Chat Live at http://www.shrmedia.com

About Beth:
As the election on November 7th approaches, Beth is actively reaching out to as many people as possible to deliver her message. She faces Democratic nominee Larry Krasner, whom she believes if elected, will be a destructive force for the City of Brotherly Love.

Beth will be discussing her campaign and the future of Philadelphia. With 21 ½ years of experience in prosecuting criminals, she believes experience for the office of District Attorney matters.

She has campaigned on the foundation that the security of all people, is more important that the political party of the candidates. Krasner, a Defense Attorney backed by Hungarian billionaire George Soros, has no experience of the same, but instead has consistently defended those suspected of the crimes.

Improving the safety of neighborhoods, fighting for victims of child abuse, robbery and other crimes, are just a few of Grossman’s main goals. By delivering her message to a greater audience, she believes she can reach the hearts of not only Philadelphians, but those around the United States.

On Air Alert

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Philadelphia, PA — The Republican nominee for District Attorney of Philadelphia, Beth Grossman will do a LIVE Skype hit with JD Hayworth Newsmax TV on Friday, September 1, 2017.

Beth will appear live via Skype at 11:30AM ET.
http://www.newsmaxtv.com/Shows/JD-Hayworth-on-NewsmaxTV

About Beth:
As the election on November 7th approaches, Beth is actively reaching out to as many people as possible to deliver her message. She faces Democratic nominee Larry Krasner, whom she believes if elected, will be a destructive force for the City of Brotherly Love.

Beth will be discussing her campaign and the future of Philadelphia. With 21 ½ years of experience in prosecuting criminals, she believes experience for the office of District Attorney matters.

She has campaigned on the foundation that the security of all people, is more important that the political party of the candidates. Krasner, a Defense Attorney backed by Hungarian billionaire George Soros, has no experience of the same, but instead has consistently defended those suspected of the crimes.

Improving the safety of neighborhoods, fighting for victims of child abuse, robbery and other crimes, are just a few of Grossman’s main goals. By delivering her message to a greater audience, she believes she can reach the hearts of not only Philadelphians, but those around the United States.

Rizzo Statue Statement

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Homicides and an Opioid Crisis on the rise but the only thing Helen Gym and Larry Krasner want to see go down is Frank Rizzo’s Statue.

 

PHILADELPHIA, PA– City Councilwoman Helen Gym’s recent tweet created a campaign to remove the statue of Philadelphia Mayor Frank Rizzo (D, 1972-80) from the steps of the Municipal Services Building; in an effort to associate the statue with confederate monuments at the heart of the violent bigoted protest last weekend in Charlottesville, VA, resulting in the senseless deaths of a protester and two state troopers.

 

As a woman who has spent over two decades as a Philadelphia public servant, I feel compelled to voice my displeasure at Councilwoman Gym for fueling a political side show when she should be dedicating her time to addressing the life and death issues facing our city.  While she may have you believe that tearing the Rizzo statue is the most important issue affecting the city now, it is not.  This serves as a disturbing example of political opportunism in lieu of real leadership that Philadelphians deserve.

 

As of last night, there were 195 murders in Philadelphia, up over a 10% from last year. Over 907 people died from the opioid crisis in Philadelphia last year alone. In an interview yesterday, a 10-year old boy spoke about seeing a man shoot up drugs into his neck near McPherson Park. Convenience stores are constantly being robbed.  Almost two dozen public officials elected to serve our city in federal, state and local offices have been charged and/or convicted of corruption within the last four years alone; with more investigations currently ongoing. Yet, with all this serious work to do; Helen Gym is using her salary, staff, and municipal resources on her crusade to remove the statue of a former Mayor whose term ended 37 years ago. More disturbingly, Gym is joined by my opponent, whom she has repeatedly endorsed, who continues to campaign for the position of Philadelphia’s chief law enforcement officer on the back of social movements that would best be served by his running for a legislative office.

 

Philadelphia deserves politicians who don’t seek political capital by going after the legacy of predecessors.  Philadelphia has both good and bad history. It should not be eradicated but used constructively to help us move forward and improve.  We most always strive to be the City of Brotherly Love.  But that can only come with strong leadership that focuses upon the day to day issues of Philadelphia.

 

Philadelphia should elect a District Attorney who works on behalf of those victimized by crime, seeks to improve neighborhoods, enforces our laws fairly and justly and spends her time meeting with community members impacted by crime.  Not one who protests to further an agenda and rhetoric.