Philadelphia (CBS) – John McNesby, the President of the Philadelphia FOP, reacted with suspicion to reports that Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams personally met with attorneys for former Philadelphia Eagle LeSean McCoy regarding a fight with off-duty police officers at a bar in Center City early on the morning of February 7.
McNesby, while speaking with Rich Zeoli on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT, speculated that a special meeting with the DA would be inappropriate.
“If it’s meeting directly with Seth, I would think that’s special treatment, but then again, I don’t run that office. They do. I would think it would be one of his chiefs or one of his subordinates that would meet. I’ve never heard of a DA actually sitting down and meeting with [the attorneys]…If it’s the attorneys, it is what it is, but usually you delegate that. If it was actually the attorneys and the accused themselves, then I would have a little problem.”
He questioned why it has taken weeks for the DA’s office to decide whether to charge McCoy and his friends for their role in the fight.
“This thing’s taken a life of its own. I’ve never seen anything take so long for a bar brawl. I think they are way overthinking. The injuries speak for themselves. You could talk about whether or not there was a large bar bill. You could talk about who moved barricades. You could talk about if there was a weapon by one of the officers in the establishment itself. It doesn’t really matter. All you have to do is take a look at the case and look at the severity of the injuries and then move forward.”
McNesby said a special meeting with Williams for a case like this would be the first he has ever seen.
“I’ve never seen a District Attorney meet with any type of attorney’s over a bar brawl…The bottom line is it’s usually handled by one of his subordinates and then they move forward. For whatever reason this was necessary. It may have been warranted, it may not have been warranted, but I’ve never heard of it before.”