Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney wasted no time Friday in deflecting blame from Islam in the shooting of one of his city’s police officers despite the suspect’s own confession.
Officer Jesse Hartnett was shot Thursday night with a gun that was stolen from a fellow police officer in October 2103 and, according to what Police Commissioner Richard Ross said at a press conference, by who police sources have identified as 30-year-old Edward Archer, according to CBS News.
— CBS Philly (@CBSPhilly) January 8, 2016
The suspect “confessed to committing this cowardly act in the name of Islam. According to him, he believed that the police defend laws that are contrary to the teachings of the Koran.”
Despite that, less than two minutes into his portion of the press conference, Kenney insisted that Islam had nothing to do with the shooting.
“In no way, shape or form does anyone in this room believe that Islam or the teaching of Islam has anything to do with what you’ve seen on that screen,” he said referencing the still image of the assault on the screen behind him. “That is abhorrent, it’s just, it’s terrible and it does not represent the religion in any way shape or form or any of its teachings. This is a criminal with a stolen gun who tried to kill one of our officers. (It) has nothing to do with being a Muslim or following the Islamic faith.”
While Mayor Kenney might fancy himself an expert in the teachings of Islam the suspect in this case would beg to differ.
“He stated that he pledges his allegiance to Islamic State, he follows Allah, and that is the reason he was called upon to do this,” Capt. James Clark, who heads the Philadelphia homicide unit, told reporters. “He just kept on echoing those sentiments and he wouldn’t give us anything more than that.”
But just ask Mayor Kenney and he will tell you the suspect was wrong in his motive.
Watch the mind numbing commentary below.
Social media was abuzz with anger at the mayor’s deflection.
Philly mayor says shooting had nothing to do with being a Muslim or following the Islamic faith. I suspect it has everything to do with it.
— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) January 8, 2016
Except that the SHOOTER, HIMSELF said it does! https://t.co/VT6RZQ4mSi
— andieiam (@andieiamwhoiam) January 8, 2016
@toddstarnes Why can no one take the Muslim extremist at his word?
— BobG (@BobGriggs) January 8, 2016
@toddstarnes he’s was just ordinary guy out for a walk after watching a video
— american (@amaricanvet) January 8, 2016
— CountingWHScandals (@Westxgal) January 8, 2016
Muslim Cop-Attacker: I Did It ‘In The Name of Islam’; Moron Philly Mayor: ‘Nothing To Do With Islam’ https://t.co/jkSufsJG08
— ✯✯US VETERAN✯✯ (@Mike_USPatriot) January 8, 2016
— txlady706 (@txlady706) January 8, 2016
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