The truth about the York County District Attorney and why a changeis needed:
On May 21, 2013, York County voters will choose who serves the next four years as our District Attorney. The White Rose Fraternal Order of Police Lodge # 15 wants everyresident to know that in this extremely important election, there is a clear distinctionbetween the two candidates for the job.
We realize that many voters may not know the significance of this elected positionunless they know someone who works in the criminal justice system or if they havebeen involved in a criminal case. And thus there are many factors we want to bring tothe attention of the voting public as they choose our next District Attorney.
In the more than three years that Tom Kearney has served in this role, we have seendetrimental changes within his office. Staff turnover has been high. Numerous qualifiedattorneys have either left or been forced out of his office. Countless times, personscharged with serious crimes such as rape and other assaultive offenses have been
released from prison with nominal bail because Mr. Kearney’s office has failed to bring
these people to trial in a timely fashion.
He has made statements blaming officers, court schedules and a variety of other excuses, yet these "mistakes" continue to occur.Mr. Kearney is running a re-election campaign based on "efficient justice," but wequestion how victims feel when they see suspects charged with serious crimes releasedon nominal bail. Is this what Mr. Kearney believes is "efficient justice"?
We have serious concerns about Mr. Kearney’s leadership based on his work with the
York County Drug Task Force. Prior to Mr. Kearney taking office, the task force was awell-run, cooperative effort designed to tackle crimes across municipal lines. Officersfrom numerous departments, including York City, York County, State Police, and federallaw enforcement, worked together to combat illegal drugs, guns, fugitives, gangs, andother issues facing our communities.Sadly, Mr. Kearney appears to have made it his mission to dismantle this cooperativeeffort as evidenced by the fact that there is now a York City Drug Task force, in additionto the York County Drug Task Force.
Isn’t this a step in the wrong direction whe
nofficers with similar missions now work separately within the same county?
We believe regionalization and information sharing is key in taking down larger criminalenterprises. He has undermined those efforts by dismantling the drug task force, whenbetter funding and support of our county-wide task force is what we most need. Is thisanother example of his "efficient justice"?
Mr. Kearney did not approach our Lodge seeking an endorsement as he did when hefirst ran for District Attorney. He has been quoted on several occasions in the