McClinton joins Shapiro, Outlaw to condemn recent acts of violence and encourage peaceful protests for justice

State Rep. Joanna McClinton joined Attorney General Josh Shapiro and Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw today to condemn recent acts of destruction across the city while encouraging peaceful protests for justice. 

"I'm proud to align with individuals who are exercising their first amendment right to demand change to an unjust system that has discriminated against black and brown communities for too long," said McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware. "However, blowing up ATMs, looting businesses and destroying communities does nothing but dissolve our message for reforms and changes the narrative of our cause."

Following a recent rash of ATM explosions across Philadelphia, Shapiro announced the arrest of a man accused of selling sticks of dynamite on the street. 

"I appreciate AG Shapiro and Chief Outlaw's efforts to hold individuals responsible for coming into our neighborhoods with the intention of destroying assets, businesses and resources that benefit all of our families. It is very disturbing that these senseless acts are diluting the protests demanding the changes we need in the justice system immediately," explained McClinton. "We cannot lose this moment in history to fight for and achieve justice for all and prevent tragedies like George Floyd from happening in the future."

McClinton mentioned a community meeting is planned for this Sunday involving the West Philadelphia Police Department to discuss recent acts of violence and to promote their ongoing commitment to safety.