For three years, William McSwain served as the U.S. Attorney representing nine counties in eastern Pennsylvania, including Philadelphia. On Friday, he retired. But before he packed up his office, he had some parting remarks including a warning to others in law enforcement in the City of Brotherly Love. Things are falling apart in terms of law and order and the situation is not improving. McSwain talked about the “disastrous” course the city is on, with violent crime on the rise. He also took a couple of subtle shots at some of the others who are charged with maintaining law and order in that region. (CBS Philadelphia)
One of the most high-profile law enforcement officials in the Philadelphia area is stepping down on Friday. U.S. Attorney William McSwain announced his resignation last week and is speaking exclusively to Eyewitness News…
McSwain leaves at a time when, he says, Philadelphia is on a disastrous course with violent crime.
He acknowledged cooperation with the Philadelphia Police Department. However, he’s most critical of another prosecutor across town — District Attorney Larry Krasner.
“I think what makes me proudest is that the office really stood in the last three years for being a counterweight to some of the, I’ll describe, as lawlessness and the culture of lawlessness that was, I think, developing in Philadelphia,” McSwain said.
We should point out that this wasn’t some abrupt, “take this job and shove it” retirement decision. Plenty of U.S. Attorneys are stepping down as often happens when a new administration from a different party takes power. Viewed in that light, McSwain’s retirement was fairly normal and Joe Biden probably would have fired him if he hadn’t stepped aside anyway. (Biden has shown no hesitation in firing Trump appointees from the moment he was sworn in.) But his thinly-veiled reference to Larry Krasner made his exit interview a bit outside the norm.