As the investigation into former Eagles running back LeSean McCoy's alleged involvement in a nightclub fight approaches the two-week mark, a Philadelphia police union leader is taking issue with how the District Attorney’s Office is handling the case.
“I’ve never waited this long, ever, to see somebody arrested,” John McNesby, president of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5, told WIP’s Angelo Cataldi Friday morning. “So, it doesn’t pass the smell test. Something’s funny going on."
McNesby didn’t mince words about McCoy’s alleged role in the altercation, which injured two off-duty officers.
“It was an all-out beat down,” McNesby told Cataldi. “It was a sucker punch to the one officer by LeSean McCoy over a bottle of champagne, and it was an all-out beat down.”
“This wasn’t just an assault, this was an aggravated assault,” McNesby said, noting the officers suffered broken eye sockets, a fractured skull and other injuries. “So this just wasn’t a pushing and shoving match where you’re separated and off you go. This was serious.”
McNesby’s comments suggest a divide in how the case is being handled. Last week, police said they were seeking arrest warrants for the Feb. 7 bar fight allegedly involving McCoy and three other men, and three off-duty officers. A spokesperson for the District Attorney’s Office said prosecutors are continuing to investigate the case, and no charges were expected to be filed on Friday.
According to a report from Comcast Sportsnet, the District Attorney's Office also has questions about the conduct of the officers involved in the altercation. While police officials said there is no internal investigation, the District Attorney's Office is reportedly concerned about why the two off-duty cops didn’t call 911 during the incident, and questioned whether they were drinking to excess.
“I think they’re overlooking it. I think they’re investigating too much,” McNesby told Cataldi. “They need to just move on with it. If [District Attorney Seth Williams] does not charge the group of individuals that were there that night, that’s an absolute disrespect to Philadelphia police officers.”
Listen to McNesby's full interview here:
Later in the afternoon, Philadelphia district attorney Seth Williams jumped on WIP to respond to McNesby’s criticsm.
“I just heard a little recording you had of my friend John McNesby, the president of the FOP and I like to say he’s a great advocate for his members, but I was elected by the citizens of Philadelphia to charge just the right people with the right crimes,” Williams told hosts Michael Barkann and Ike Reese. “Nothing more, nothing less.”
Williams refused to answer specific questions about the case on air, but released a statement addressing the criticism of McNesby and others that the investigation is dragging on.
"I understand that people are interested in the outcome of our investigation, but we’re not going to rush because some people are impatient," Williams said. "My only goal is to get it right, not fast. The last thing we need is a rush to judgment."