A U.S. Congresswoman from Pennsylvania might regret voting for a “defund the police” bill after she was the victim of an armed carjacking incident in Philadelphia.
Police say Mary Gay Scanlon was carjacked at about 2:45 p.m. on Wednesday after attending a tour with other members of Congress.
Scanlon was walking to her vehicle when two armed men approached her and demanded the keys to her blue 2017 Acura MDX. The robbers also made off with her personal cell phone, her government cell phone, her purse, and her identification.
Scanlon’s office released a brief statement about the alarming incident.
“The Congresswoman was physically unharmed. She thanks the Philadelphia Police Department for their swift response, and appreciates the efforts of both the Sergeant at Arms in D.C. and her local police department for coordinating with Philly PD to ensure her continued safety.”
According to Fox News, Scanlon was one of the co-sponsors of legislation meant to make it easier for state and local governments to replace police officers and defund the police by employing mental health specialists in their stead.
Many tied the incident to recent comments from the city’s District Attorney Larry Krasner in which he denied that there was a crisis of crime in the city.
“We don’t have a crisis of lawlessness,” said Krasner, “we don’t have a crisis of crime, we don’t have a crisis of violence.”
He later apologized for the comments after a tsunami of criticism from both sides of the political aisle.
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney also release a statement about the carjacking incident.
“It’s disheartening, and quite frankly infuriating, that criminals feel emboldened to commit such a reckless crime in the middle of the day in what should be a place of tranquility and peace-one of Philadelphia’s beautiful parks,” said Kenney. “My thoughts are with her during what I’m sure is a traumatic time.
Here’s a local news video about the incident:
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