Real Vigilantes Don’t Commit Crimes: Philly DA

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“You don’t get to call yourself a ‘vigilante’ when you are just committing crimes.” – A man has been arrested for allegedly attacking a journalist and a woman in Philadelphia’s Fishtown neighborhood the day a group of ‘vigilantes’ with bats and clubs patrolled the neighborhood to protect it from Black Lives Matter protesters.

36-year-old George Graf has been charged with criminal conspiracy to commit aggravated assault, criminal conspiracy to engage in simple assault, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.

It happened on Monday, June 1. That night, several residents of Fishtown stood outside the 26th Police District along Girard Avenue seemingly with the approval of police and engaged in confrontations with others.

A WHYY producer was filming what was going on.

He was confronted by Graf for filming and attacked. They also shoved his girlfriend. The journalist suffered a broken nose and lower eye socket and his left eye was swollen shut.

District Attorney Larry Krasner said”

“I want to thank my office’s Special Investigations Unit for working non-stop to ensure that individuals who intimidated, harassed, or assaulted peaceful protesters and mere bystanders are identified correctly and brought to justice. You don’t get to call yourself a ‘vigilante’ when you are just committing crimes. You don’t get to say you are defending, when you are initiating violence. I want to thank all of the brave Philadelphians who have come forward in recent weeks to share photo and video evidence with my Special Investigations Unit. We know there are more perpetrators of violence to be identified and brought in. Keep it coming.” SOURCE [FAIR USE]

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A Philadelphia man has been charged for his role in the assault of a journalist and a woman during a tense confrontation in Fishtown on June 1.

Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner and Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw announced Thursday 36-year-old George Graf has been charged with aggravated assault and related charges.

The charges stem from a confrontation when Fishtown residents — some armed with baseball bats — clashed with protesters outside of the 26th Police District during the protests in the city following George Floyd’s killing.

Krasner says Graf attacked a producer for WHYY. The producer had been taping a group of people holding bats and walking around Fishtown after curfew … Read more. 

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