Local Politicians React to Shooting of Officer

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City Council President Darrell Clarke

- Several local political leaders in he Philadelphia area issued statements Friday following the early-morning shooting of Philadelphia Police Officer Jesse Hartnett. Officer Hartnett, who police say was shot by a man who has claimed allegiance to the Islamic State, survived the shooting and is in stable condition. The suspect, 30-year-old Edward Archer, has confessed. 

"My thoughts and prayers are with Officer Jesse Hartnett and his family during this time. I am encouraged by the reports that Officer Hartnett will make a full recovery," Senator Robert Casey said in a statement. "The city of Philadelphia and the Commonwealth will be there to support him and his family. Officer Hartnett showed an awe inspiring level of bravery and heroism as he returned fire and tried to capture the suspect after being shot. This tragedy is a reminder of the dangers our law enforcement officers face every single day they serve. This was an act of barbarism and the accused must be held fully accountable."
 
"I am grateful that Officer Hartnett survived this horrible attack, and wish him and his loved ones well as he recovers from his wounds. I also send my unending gratitude to the entire Philadelphia Police Department, whose officers put their lives at risk every day in service to the public," City Council President Darrell Clarke said. 
 
"The attack on Officer Hartnett comes during a time of intensified discussion, led by President Obama, about the scourge of gun violence in communities across America. The President's executive actions this week were necessary in the face of a Congress too deeply enthralled by the National Rifle Association's money to legislate commonsense regulations to keep Americans safe."
 
"My prayers are with Officer Hartnett for a full and speedy recovery," Congressman Pat Meehan said. "Officer Hartnett showed tremendous heroism and pursued the suspect just seconds after being wounded in a violent ambush. We're all grateful for his bravery in the line of duty."
 
"The suspect's claims of involvement with the Islamic State are troubling," Meehan continued. "This attack appears to be part of a growing, disturbing trend of Islamic State-inspired radicalization across the country. Just last night, authorities individuals in Houston and Sacramento on suspicion of terrorism."

“My thoughts and prayers are with Officer Jesse Hartnett as he begins the recovery process following this morning's ambush. Like Officer Hartnett, all emergency responders face uncertainty and danger each day in service of our communities – their importance cannot be overstated. Reports that the attacker was motivated by an allegiance to ISIS is a stark reminder that radicalization and extremism is an international and domestic problem," Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick said in a statement. 

 

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