PHILADELPHIA (WTXF) - We are just about a month away until Philadelphia's incoming District Attorney takes office. FOX 29's Chris O'Connell sat down for a one-on-one with Larry Krasner.
Even by his own admission incoming Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner says his improbable rise to the DA’s office was more a movement than an election.
"The reality is that we’ve been putting our resources in the wrong places in ways that do not prevent crime and do not make them safer. And people are sick of it and they want to go in a different direction," he told FOX 29.
The progressive Democrat has promised a change in culture to an office embroiled in controversy since former DA Seth Williams was sent to prison for bribery.
Krasner pledges to reform the cash bail system. Free the wrongly convicted and not pursue the death penalty in a system he says picks on minorities.
But some critics including the Philadelphia police union worry Krasner will be too soft. Some police even starting the hashtag #NotMyDA.
"The Philadelphia Police Union says you have an open hostility against police and law enforcement in general. How you describe the relationship you have with police?" O'Connell asked.
Krasner replied, “ I think if you wear a uniform you come correct, you take an oath, you have a duty you come correct. You think this is romper room for beating people up and stealing from them you are going to have a problem with me.”
Spending decades as civil rights attorney—Krasner will run an office of 600. He becomes the city's top prosecutor with the distinction of never prosecuting a single case.
"I have a wealth of experience and quite frankly transferrable skills. That I think is not only going to make me a capable of running that office and doing it in a way that is new, creative and jumping in a courtroom, anytime they need a lawyer who can win a case," he said.