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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.

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Statement by Philadelphia District Attorney Candidate Beth Grossman on Mayor’s Endorsement of Opponent

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“I am the candidate with the proven track record for fighting crime
instead of coddling criminals.” – Beth Grossman

Philadelphia District Candidate Beth Grossman issued the following statement today in response to Mayor Jim Kenney’s endorsement of her Democratic opponent:

Mayor Kenney’s endorsement of my opponent demonstrates that for him, November’s election for District Attorney of Philadelphia is about partisan politics over public safety.

So, let’s set the record straight about what is at stake in the upcoming election.

I do not consider myself the “Republican candidate” for District Attorney. Nor do I consider myself the “woman candidate.” Or even the “two-fisted candidate” (as some have rightly described me). I am the experienced candidate… the candidate with the proven track record for fighting crime instead of defending criminals. And above all, I am the people’s candidate. All of which Mayor Kenney conveniently overlooked.

I served for over 21 years as an Assistant District Attorney in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. I have tried almost every kind of case and served in every division in the office. For eight years, I headed up a unit that dealt with public nuisance and quality of life issues in neighborhoods all over Philadelphia. During that time, I attended hundreds of community meetings all over the city, meeting and listening to residents about problems in their neighborhoods and figuring out ways to address these issues.

Unlike my inexperienced, criminal coddling opponent, I am not backed by a European billionaire who has wreaked havoc worldwide. A European billionaire who knows nothing about Philadelphia, its multitude of neighborhoods nor the distinct public safety and quality of life issues affecting each individual neighborhood. He is a disreputable European billionaire who doesn’t care about anything but his own agenda. A European billionaire who purchased the Democratic primary nomination for my opponent. A European billionaire who knows nothing about the good, decent, law-abiding people of Philadelphia – and (like my opponent) could not care less.

I am proud of the fact that I am not endorsed by Philadelphia’s Mayor. A Mayor who imposed the soda tax upon us which has harmed small businesses and caused hardworking Philadelphians their jobs. A Mayor who oversees a city which has had a steady increase in homicides since he took office. A Mayor who has endorsed my opponent who has never prosecuted a criminal case – but has eagerly made his money on the other side.
The role of the District Attorney is to prosecute the criminal laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania fairly, justly and ethically — and to protect everyone’s constitutional rights in the criminal justice system, including those accused of crime. This is the most paramount obligation of any prosecutor. Diversionary programs, drug and alcohol treatment and community service all play an important role in preventing recidivism than straight up incarceration. And we all agree that community policing and building trust between communities and the police must continue to improve.

However, somewhere along the line, the right of Philadelphians to live free from crime and fear in their own neighborhoods has become been given short shrift by our current mayor and his handpicked candidate. Residents who just want to peacefully and productively live their own lives, safely walk their own streets, raise their families and let their kids play outside have been sacrificed by the Mayor and my opponent on the perverse altar of so-called criminal rights above all else. The total safety for all Philadelphians must and should be a priority for any District Attorney. Conducting a grand social justice experiment in coddling criminals at the cost of public safety and quality of life will result in Philadelphia becoming like Baltimore, Chicago and Detroit.

And I will not allow this to happen.

First and foremost, I am a Philadelphian. And I love this city and its people. That’s why I am committed to putting public safety over petty, partisan politics. Crime doesn’t care about party labels or political pandering. And neither do I.

 

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Debate: Anytime and Any Place


Beth Grossman wants debate with Democratic Opponent Larry Krasner in race for District Attorney of Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA.  Beth Grossman, Republican nominee for District Attorney is actively seeking to meet with as many Philadelphians as possible before Election Day on

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017. Beth would like to deliver her message and discuss the issues concerning the city, in debates with her opponent Larry Krasner.

Beth has been campaigning on her 21 years of prosecutorial experience and the need for public safety over politics. She believes the citizens of Philadelphia need to hear what both candidates have to offer and having debates with her opponent is vital in delivering her message.

Anyone who is interested in hosting a debate or a candidates’ forum – such as civic groups, registered community organizations and community development corporations –  are encouraged to contact her campaign.  They may do so through her website at BethGrossman4DA.com.  If her schedule is open, Beth will gladly attend.

“It would be my pleasure and privilege to attend any debate with Larry Krasner” Grossman says.

“I think Mr. Krasner understands that the District Attorney serves all of the people of Philadelphia, and it is the right of the people to hear what their candidates have to offer”

The Grossman campaign says they have reached out to Mr. Krasner in challenging him to a debate, but his campaign insists he is limited on time and is therefore unavailable. It is her hope that this message will encourage him to do his duty as a candidate for such an important government position.  

Response to Larry’s Op Ed

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In his op-ed, my opponent in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s race wrote about the current health care reform and how, among other things, it threatens public safety.

 

The subject of his op-ed is an attempt to deflect his greatest weaknesses as a candidate for Philadelphia District Attorney – his complete lack of prosecutorial experience and well-established personal disdain for the actual functions of the District Attorney’s Office. Namely, prosecuting those accused of crime, advocating for victims of crime, and serving as Philadelphia’s chief law enforcement officer. Those accused of crime are entitled to the best defense and this is what my opponent has done for his entire legal career. However, he has never served the interest of public safety and anyone who looks at his record as a lawyer and political candidate can plainly see that this is not his priority. This should be a major concern to all Philadelphia residents, regardless of political affiliation.

In his op-ed, my opponent fails to address how lack of health insurance would affect victims and survivors of crimes. This includes individuals who are hospitalized for months due to vicious assaults and gunshot wounds; those who have lost loved ones to homicide who will deal with the emotional trauma for the remainder of their lives; those who have been sexually assaulted and, months and years after physical wounds have healed, still deal with emotional trauma warranting therapy. In my two decades as a prosecutor, I have served those individuals who have been gravely injured at the hands of others

The Pennsylvania Victims Compensation Assistance Program (VCAP) does contribute to some of these costs, including reimbursement of insurance co-pays, out of network expenses and other out-of-pocket costs. However, it is the payer of last resort and the overall maximum amount award is $35,000.  VCAP pays an average of $13 million dollars per year on behalf of crime victims.  Having experience with VCAP, I believe that increasing the maximum award amount is something for which a District Attorney can and should advocate.

My opponent makes no mention of the disturbing 20% increase in city-wide homicides or the epidemic of domestic violence and sexual assaults. Nor has he mentioned throughout his campaign the concerns of the vast majority of Philadelphians who simply want their neighborhoods to be free from crime and to have a good quality of life.  He wrote:

As a citizen of Philadelphia and a candidate for District Attorney, I stand with you to defend the safety, the health, and the well-being – I indeed the very lives – of the people of our city and state We must do more than resist; we must resist and then build a more just society

 

In his use of the word “resist”, it is clear that my opponent is using a catch phrase of a national protest movement and has neither the experience nor the desire to perform the essential functions of a District Attorney’s Office – those functions that contribute to and hopefully improve public safety.  In the day to day tasks of trying to earn a living, raising children and taking care of family, most Philadelphians don’t want to resist.  They want to be safe.

The issues of Medicaid and health care coverage are indeed critical but they are legislative issues to be resolved at the state and federal levels. My opponent has built personal wealth from defending those accused of crime and suing the police department and the city. Now, in his candidacy, he is running on a combination of protest group narratives and national talking points. In America, he has the right to run for public office, by it may be more appropriate for Larry to run for a legislative office and not for District Attorney of Philadelphia.