PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — District Attorney Seth Williams is going on the defense. He is speaking out as criticism mounts about the handling of assault investigation involving former Eagles running back LeSean McCoy.
Williams is making it clear that he will not allow anyone to pressure him or his office into rushing this investigation, which enters its third week on Sunday.
Police investigators are looking into the alleged bar fight in which two off-duty police officers were assaulted. People are waiting to find out whether McCoy will face charges.
“If [McCoy] wants to pound our officers and stomp our officers, then he needs to pay the price,” said Mayor Jim Kenney earlier in February.
Despite the criticism, Williams wants to get this investigation done right, not done fast.
“For those that are impatient or want to bully my office into doing something, we’re not going to do that,” Williams said. He added that there is still no timeline for the investigation.
“The only timetable we have is justice, getting it right.”
Earlier this week, McCoy and his attorneys met with members of the D.A.’s office; another move that drew some criticism. Williams explained that it wasn’t preferential treatment for the star running back.
“Some people wanted to know why is it that we allowed LeSean McCoy and his attorney to speak with us. Often we have what’s called a proffer where a defense attorney might contact us to say a suspect would like to come. We want to share with you our side of the story.”
As for McCoy’s location, Williams says that his office is in constant communication with McCoy’s attorneys and is charges do come down, they know exactly where he is.