The senseless murder of a 25-year-old man walking his dog near his home in Philadelphia has shocked the nation. And now, as details emerge, a much-needed spotlight may soon shine on the dangers to society posed by the movement to “end mass incarceration” championed by progressive, George Soros-funded district attorneys in cities across the nation.
Let Loose to Kill
Davis L. Josephus, 20, one of two suspects arrested for the Jan. 6 slaying, had been set free from police custody on bail on another violent charge just two weeks earlier. Philadelphia is home to Larry Krasner, perhaps the most radical district attorney in America. Here’s what we wrote about him in 2019:
“Krasner had zero prosecutorial experience when he ran as the ‘most progressive’ candidate in the 2017 Philly DA Democratic field. He promised to ‘end mass incarceration,’ ‘stop pursuing death sentences,’ and ‘protect immigrants.’ Krasner’s victory was ensured when George Soros funded his campaign to the tune of $1.5 million.”
High-profile 2016 and 2020 Democratic Party presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) was among those hailing Krasner’s victory, calling it “an important step forward in the fight to reform a very broken criminal justice system.”
Krasner immediately set about attempting to change the process of law enforcement in Philadelphia. In Feb. 2019, The Inquirer reported:
“One year ago, Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner announced that his office would no longer seek money bail for a list of offenses that make up 61 percent of all cases in the Philadelphia criminal justice system.
On [Feb. 19], Krasner, along with Mayor Jim Kenney, City Council members and the Defender Association of Philadelphia, held a news conference to outline the impact of the reform.
‘What we had a year ago was not fair. We do not, we should not, imprison people for poverty,’ Krasner said. By the district attorney’s count, 1,750 additional defendants were released without bail during 2018, with no increase in recidivism.
Krasner added that he believes the policy is making Philadelphia safer in the long term: ‘When you don’t tear apart people’s lives, and when you keep them in contact with the things that keep them on course, they are less likely to commit crimes in the future.’”
This un-enforcement mindset has now culminated in the murder of Milan Loncar, a 25-year-old recent Temple University grad who was walking his dachshund-chihuahua mix Roo at around 7 pm one block from his home when Davis and an accomplice are said to have approached him. After attempting a robbery and finding nothing of value on Loncar, Davis shot him in the chest, police say. Disturbing video fully capturing the murder exists. The profound pointlessness of the act resonates strongly.
‘Balls Were Dropped’
Now faced with widespread public outcry, Krasner’s office is backpedaling furiously. “I’m sure that many balls were dropped in this case, and that will be looked at,” Assistant District Attorney Joanne Pescatore said at a news conference.
Balls dropped. What a fine way to put it after a peaceful citizen is killed execution-style while walking his dog. Indeed, there is no doubt that Davis should never have been out on the streets. He pleaded guilty in 2019 to two robberies and was sentenced in January 2020 to 6-12 months in jail. “A month after he was sentenced,” The Philadelphia Inquirer reported, he was charged in a July 2019 carjacking in which “Davis and another man approached an Uber driver with a gun and stole his car, initially driving the victim around while holding him at gunpoint in the backseat.”
While incarcerated, Davis was charged with yet another crime: spraying an “unknown substance” described as “possibly body fluids” at a jail guard. Here is where DA inaction directly led to the chain of events that allowed Davis to meet up with Milan Loncar. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported:
His bail in that case was set at $200,000, court records show. The records do not show any indication that the probation department sought to lodge a detainer against Davis for the new charges. Doing so could have kept Davis in custody for violating the terms of his probation for his past robbery convictions. There is also no indication that prosecutors filed a motion asking the judge overseeing Davis’ probation to consider lodging a detainer.
This is what Americans get when George Soros buys DAs to overthrow traditional law and order norms. The National Fraternal Order of Police said it best in a tweet regarding the death of Milan Loncar:
“Rogue Prosecutors across the country, like Larry Krasner … are releasing these dirtbags back into our communities to prey on innocent people instead of throwing the book at violent criminals.”
Unfortunately, you can likely expect to read more stories like this in the immediate future.
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