Philadelphia, Jan. 12, 2016 – Council President Darrell L. Clarke issued the following statement on hateful comments made by national political figures following the shooting of Philadelphia Police Officer Jesse Hartnett:
“If Edward Archer’s claims are true, he would join a growing line of hateful outliers who seek to justify their violent acts through a perverted interpretation of Islam. While law enforcement officials continue to investigate this incident, we should act responsibly and refrain from jumping to conclusions, and instead direct our energy toward wishing Officer Jesse Hartnett a speedy and complete recovery.
“As good neighbors and citizens, Philadelphia’s Muslim leaders were quick to condemn the violent assault on Officer Hartnett. Philadelphia is not just the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection, it is the cradle of religious and political liberty. Mayor Kenney’s call for tolerance following last week’s hateful act is perfectly appropriate. I join Mayor Kenney and our Muslim community in condemning both the attack on Officer Hartnett and efforts to impugn Muslim Americans, and I again extend my gratitude to the entire Philadelphia Police Department family.”