Attorney general’s office reviewing fight involving McCoy
The Pennsylvania attorney general's office is reviewing a district attorney's decision not to charge Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy in a Philadelphia nightclub fight that left two off-duty police officers injured, the solicitor general said Monday.
Bruce Castor said he met last week with detectives after getting a written request from the president of the police union in Philadelphia. Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams said two weeks ago he was not able to prove who started the fight at the nightclub in February, and he noted that people have a right to defend themselves.
Castor said that despite three decades as a prosecutor, he was unaware of the rarely used procedure that requires approval from a judge to transfer the case from county prosecutors to the attorney general.
He described the likelihood of that occurring as "pretty remote."
"If I were those guys who were involved and DA Williams, I wouldn't be too concerned right at the moment that the attorney general's going to try and have you reversed," Castor said. "I think this is following through on an official request and inquiry review, but I don't see myself standing in front of a judge any time soon asking them to reverse the DA."
KYW-TV in Philadelphia reported Friday that the matter was under review by state prosecutors.
Police say a fight broke out Feb. 7 over who had purchased a $350 bottle of Champagne. One officer suffered a broken nose and broken ribs.
McCoy, 27, who played for the Bills last year after six seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, was trying to break up the fight, his lawyer has said.
Castor said he wants to watch video of the event one frame at a time. He also wants to read through the witnesses' statements.
John McNesby, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 5, wrote Attorney General Kathleen Kane on April 4, asking her to take a second look at Williams' decision.
Castor said Kane handed off the matter to him because she was "afraid people would think she's continuing some feud that is alleged to exist" between her and Williams.
Kane and Williams, both Democrats, have clashed over decisions made at the attorney general's office by prosecutors who now work for Williams.
Kane faces criminal allegations she leaked secret grand jury material to a newspaper about an investigation that did not produce charges into the then-head of the NAACP in Philadelphia.
Williams took over an investigation that Kane had relinquished into state lawmakers and a Philadelphia judge accepting cash and gifts from an informant working for the AG's office.
Kane had said the so-called bling sting case was fatally flawed, but Williams has obtained five convictions.
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