1.23.18: Philadelphia – (Politics): Ms. Tiffanie Luke recalls seeing at least three missed calls on her phone Tuesday afternoon from the Office of the Pennsylvania Attorney General.
For months, Ms. Luke has called that office seeking updates to the investigation into the June 2017 fatal police shooting of Mr. David Jones. And each day, she said, the staff there, almost always the secretary, brushes her off.
But on Tuesday, Ms. Luke said there was unfamiliar urgency in the voice of Mr. Christopher Phillips, who had taken the lead on the investigation. According to Ms. Luke, who once had a romantic relationship with the deceased, Mr. Phillips informed her that the investigation will be handed back to the Office of the Philadelphia District Attorney.
Once Ms. Kelly Hodges replaced Mr. Seth Williams as Philadelphia District Attorney, she cited a conflict of interest which caused the case last summer to be bumped up to the AG’s Office, where it sat with its progress, or lack thereof, unknown to the public.
Mr. Larry Krasner, who as a candidate vowed to prosecute bad-acting cops himself, in January of this year was inaugurated as Philadelphia District Attorney. And with his entrance, the never-disclosed conflict-of-interest exited.
Ms. Luke told Techbook Online on Tuesday night that the mother of Mr. Jones, Ms. Doretha Crosby, was at the district attorney’s office earlier in the day.
“I just want Kranser to do the right thing,” Ms. Luke said.
Mr. Isaac Gardner of the Justice for David Jones Coalition, who voted for Mr. Krasner, urged the District Attorney to inform the public of this news, and the potential timeline, soon.
My sources have confirmed that the investigation will no longer be handled by the Office of the Pennsylvania Attorney General.
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