John McNesby of the Fraternal Order of Police opposed Larry Krasner as a candidate for District Attorney. Now McNesby says, “He’s going to be on a learning curve. “We’re not trying to make it harder for him.” Krasner is a career defense attorney who had never sought public office.
Larry Krasner will become Philadelphia’s 26th district attorney in eight weeks, and already his fans and foes may be switching places, Philly.com reports. A progressive coalition of groups that supported Krasner is demonstrating Thursday morning outside the District Attorney’s Office, laying out aspirations for the incoming prosecutor’s first 100 days. Lodge 5 of the Fraternal Order of Police — the most strident anti-Krasner voice during the election campaign — said it is ready to work with the man whom the union previously declared unsuitable for the post. “He’s going to be on a learning curve,” said FOP president John McNesby. “We’re not trying to make it harder for him.” Krasner is a career defense attorney who had never sought public office.
The planned demonstration by members of grassroots organizations will address topics they discussed with Krasner during the campaign — including ending cash bail, increasing transparency, and changing the office’s culture. McNesby, meanwhile, said his union has no plans to “draw lines in the sand” once Krasner takes office in the first week of January. That is a shift in tone from last month, when McNesby put out a letter to his union’s 14,500 active and retired members knocking Krasner as having “an open hostility against police and law enforcement in general.” The new district attorney, who will be paid $175,000, inherits an office with 600 employees and a $54 million annual budget.