Hundreds Of Activists Plan Rally In Support Of Gunman Who Shot 6 Philly Cops

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross said he didn't understand why anyone would rally in support of the gunman.

by Sandy Malone and Holly Matkin

Philadelphia, PA – Several hundred people are expected to show up for a bizarre protest on Friday night in support of the gunman who shot six Philadelphia police officers.

Organizers told KYW that they expect 200 to 300 people to attend the rally supporting 36-year-old Maurice Hill, who was arrested without injury after a nearly eight-hour standoff on Wednesday.

Hill also trapped two officers and three civilians inside the house during the standoff until SWAT officers were able to free them hours later.

He remained in police custody on Friday waiting to be arraigned on charges of attempted murder and aggravated assault, KYW reported.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross said police officers would also be at the planned protest to do their jobs, KYW reported.

“Sadly, we do have to be there,” Commissioner Ross told reporters. “I don’t understand it. There’s certain marches I do understand, this is definitely not one of them.”

Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner said on Thursday that Hill is a convicted felon with a history of arrests stemming back to the early 2000s.

The gunman’s prior arrest history included “a variety of gun charges,” robbery, reckless endangerment, DUI, perjury, resisting arrest, burglary, escape, illegally taunting a police animal, traffic and driving-related offenses, as well as “multiple charges for aggravated assault [and] for drugs,” the district attorney said.

Hill also served a “lengthy” federal prison sentence for weapons-related offenses, and served time on federal community supervision, Krasner told reporters.

Krasner said he did not know whether or not his office ever handled a possible probation violation hearing involving Hill, but noted that his office has never prosecuted a case against him while Krasner has been in office.

“I think it’s clear – this man should not have been on the streets in the sense that he obviously was a tremendous danger to the public and to law enforcement,” Krasner said. “But if you’re asking me do I believe that everyone in the system going back to 2007 and up until the present has a crystal ball, I do not.”

“I don’t think it’s fair to expect some level of perfect knowledge on the part of police or prosecutors, but it’s obvious…that this is someone who needed to be off the streets, and it is also clear that he had a very lengthy criminal record,” he added.

The investigation into the attack is ongoing, and formal charges have not been filed.

“It is pretty obvious that there should be charges of attempted murder, it’s pretty obvious there should be charges of aggravated assault…pretty obvious that there’s some serious firearms charges – including the fact that he was a felon,” Krasner said, adding that there were also “drugs involved.”

Federal and state agencies have been collaborating on the investigation, and formal charges will be forthcoming.

“There will be a lot of charges,” Krasner vowed. “These are more than enough charges so that Mr. Maurice Hill may never exit jail.”

Krasner said that he spoke with Hill over the phone during the standoff after he received a call from Hill’s attorney, Shaka Johnson.

The gunman was concerned that he would be killed if he left the home, and also had questions about what legal charges he could face, Krasner said.

“We were doing what we could to try to lower the volume, to bring more calm about, to get him to a more rational position,” he told reporters. “The last thing we wanted was to come out of this with officers going in to take him…and have them fired upon or killed or injured.”

Krasner praised Philadelphia police for how they handled the active shooter situation, and said he was not taking any credit for how the incident ended.

The tear gas was what finally drove Hill out of the home, the district attorney said.

“Despite good intentions, it wasn’t anything that I did,” he reiterated. “I truly believe this was just brilliant policing, and maybe a little bit of a miracle.”

All six wounded police officers were released from the hospital on Wednesday night and are at home recovering, KYW reported.

Comments (158)
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Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Sheriff David Clarke, Jr., you'll never the understand what the citizens you were placed to police are thinking.

Steve - o
Steve - o

One more black mark on the city of Philadelphia and now these POS want to make this crap a hero.

LEO0301
LEO0301

"Sheriff David Clarke, Jr., you'll never the understand what the citizens you were placed to police are thinking" Clearly, most people find it impossible to understand the thinking of the urban criminal. Maybe they're protesting the fact he escaped unharmed and is not eligable for the ghetto lottery. In any event, it will be an absolute miracle if there isn't additional bloodshed when the "activists" (AKA criminals) have their little protest. Bombs away!

Bud
Bud

There should be swift action against any and all that would participate in something of this nature. It's very clear the type of people that would attend this type of function are a threat to society and should be dealt with accordingly!

Greenfog2
Greenfog2

Ignorance is bliss

cbanderson
cbanderson

These “people” aren’t activists, they’re terrorist co-conspirators and anarchists.

BackTrumpBacktheBlue
BackTrumpBacktheBlue

Absolutely ridiculous. This is a sign of bad parenting. Not raised with respect or values. Shameful.

shortandsassy
shortandsassy

These fools protesting are just that, FOOLS. I just wonder how they were raised. You know if their lives were in danger, they'd want the Police to protect them, and if they didn't, they'd protest that too. They seem to want it both ways

CJSpencer
CJSpencer

Sounds like a good place to do some warrant checks. I'll bet it'll be a target rich environment for positive 10-29 hits.

Mswain
Mswain

Anyone who thinks these protestors should be locked up clearly has no problem with this group being shut down in spite of it being a platform for speech. Just because people are protesting a cause you dislike or don't understand doesn't mean they don't have a right to assemble peacefully.

ArizonaG30
ArizonaG30

Ah BLM (NLDM) AT IT AGAIN

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Well look at the bright side. this will do nothing but clarify who is right and who is wrong in the escalating War on Cops, by an extraordinarily high amount of individuals in the black community. Once the videos of this rally get out, law abiding people will flock to the side of law enforcement. Especially those in the black community. Mark my words.

LidC
LidC

WHAT THE HELL, MOST IGNORANT THING I HAVE HEARD, No doubt a bunch of trash talking thugs, with nothing to do, but complain about how tough they have it. PLEASE GO GET A JOB AND SHUT UP!!! #BlueLivesMatter💙💙🙏🙏

les0060
les0060

This is the start of decline of America as we know it. You can see what is coming, I believe the worst is still coming. Starts in the big cities, you can see it happening right now.

I love blue 856
I love blue 856

I'm all for blue lives matter! And I respect and are very thankful for our police officers! But why is it when Caucasian people go on killing sprees no one brings it up are even talks about it! They say things like oh he is sick our his mental state was not normal! Our he is missed guided! What a joke 😂😂 please if your for the improvement of HUMAN LIFE! Then keep the same energy with all these animals!

I love blue 856
I love blue 856

Oh and please Deport Dump Trump wife!!! It's only fair

ppw
ppw

you have TDS, you don't even make sense. Where is your brain?? Are you sitting on it?? What does that have anything to do in this situation?

BLUE LIFE 734
BLUE LIFE 734

For "Whatever It's Worth", A Large Group of Adult Women, being ESCORTED, BY POLICE, AWAY FROM, SHOOTERS, IMEDIATE NEIGHBORHOOD, WERE ALL WEARING MUSLIM GARB! NOW, I DON'T GIVE, A "RAT'S RUSTY REAR-END", WHO ...THIS OFFENDS CALL ME AN "ISLAMOPHOBE", THE SHOE FITS!!!!!!!

Oilgotreb1
Oilgotreb1

How about this...………..Do NOT assign ANY cops to this event. When it goes sideways and the inevitable criminal activity (assaults, thefts, vandalism) begins; do NOT send any cops. Let the ungrateful, cop hating, a$$holes deal with it themselves.
Then send in city maintenance in the morning to sweep up the debris.

1moreyear
1moreyear

IF the police supporters show up and plan a diversion which took the attention off the protestors and protestors happened to find themselves in need of police protection, but...it wasn't readily available then...

acrucifer
acrucifer

People stuck

MSK
MSK

“D.A. Krasner finished his remarks by announcing that he would drop all charges against Hill”

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

The only reason they're protesting is, they took their drug dealer to jail! Inner cities have a real problem! All the gun control bills and liberal Mayors aren't going to stop this sh#t!

Judgesson
Judgesson

He should go directly to the head of the line and the execution chamber. Hell with 3 hots and a cot, free medical care and appeals out the azz.

Put the needle in and off this miscreant primate.

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

People just don’t fucking get it. All they want to do is protest because they want to protest. If they put that much effort into looking for a job or working a job, they’d know what it is to appreciate things. And for the dumb birch who shoved that last police officer, bitch you don’t have the guts to do that if you didn’t have all your “people” behind you. You’re lucky you didn’t get back handed. If it was any of the brothers standing there that you did that to, you know exactly what would’ve happened.

Naknaksdad
Naknaksdad

The media’s the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses. The press is so powerful in its image-making role, it can make the criminal look like he’s a the victim and make the victim look like he’s the criminal. This is the press, an irresponsible press. It will make the criminal look like he’s the victim and make the victim look like he’s the criminal. If you aren’t careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.

~Malcolm X~

bulletbaron
bulletbaron

Next time one of these clowns call the Police, tell them to call one of their 200-300 activists to take care of their problem!

grayboy67
grayboy67

Anarchy in the streets.

Why did they serve a high risk warrant during a summer day while children are in the streets? These should be done 2, 3, 4 in the morning.

RunCop
RunCop

Blacks and white apologists.....lovin’ those criminals.

Golobki
Golobki

DA Krasner says he never prosemcuted the gunman? That's easy to believe, he never prosecuted anyone.

J10107
J10107

Do you want to bet that during this rally of "law abiding" citizens, that shots will be fired by the vermin in attendance !

Manlove
Manlove

1000 to 1 Odds this Fu*ker will be allowed to Plea down by a Spineless low life Prosecutor. He will be back on the streets at some point. Any takers?

observer1
observer1

It's easy to understand, the so called "activists" are in favor of cops being shot.

Flynguy
Flynguy

Lemme guess... White people to rally for that nigga? This country is a god damned joke. Start exterminating the fucking vermin!

JOPA
JOPA

This is n absolute disgrace. I am not a racist but GD they are making it hard. I get the other "protests" even tho that is all b/c of social media. 1 black man gets shot and the world in a huff b/c it's all you hear about But you don't hear the other 20 white trash that got shot or arrested. This however is a "Black" eye on humanity. This world is going to crap. … They really protested a person being arrested just b/c he's black? or something? b/c they can't honestly be protesting a felon that shot 6 cops. Oh wait they are. I don't get it. They let his black a$$ live and they still protesting...??????... w/o mention he should not only not have ben on the streets he should have already been locked up. This dude had dozens of chances and he kept getting away with it. You didn't see 100's of white people protesting why this guy was still on the streets. And he's a multiple felon (Attempted murder charges dropped for some reason) and now he shot at people. Sorry black race you are out of friggen control. And rest of America stop being apologists. Again this happens every day and has for decades to all races but the minute a black gets shot it's "OH THEY"S RACIST LET"S PROTEST". But whatever, that's one thing, this is a disgrace. And Trump gets all this criticism about crap. I hate this country anymore. Everyone crazy and babies. It's life man it ain't supposed to be perfect. We need a new plague and restart humanity.

junkmansj
junkmansj

Lowest No person alive today is responsible for events over 150 years ago.my grandparents familes on both side came here in the late 1800's. They and our family OWE NOTHING

Zeig
Zeig

He was just a small- businessman, struggling to make ends meet. ...

Frickin' leftist cockroaches

Allspirited
Allspirited

After watching the documentary of Meek Mill, I am weary and read and watch with caution~ but when I see something like this that is so blatant where the accused IS responsible~ I have to shake my head. What do these protestors even have to exclaim?? Wonder what their signs will say “the police need to stop doing their jobs”!

JOPA
JOPA

Does everything have to be a friggen protest? Jesus people get a life. You cannot be this bored and in need of your 15 minutes that bad. No one cares!!!! Everything is a protest anymore. These animals in Philly are protesting the lockup of that black, 5x felon gunman who shot 6 cops. Saying he has a right to bear arms. .. Yet blacks are the same people, Democratic spazzes, that want gun control. Proof that people just want to protest anything even if they contradict themselves. This country should be destroyed by a plague and redone. Everyone is such a whiner and baby about EVERYTHING. It's life.. it's not supposed to be fair. You make the best of it... you don't piss and moan every time you feel offended especially backing an animal like this dude . And don't give me free speech... Find a life you pathetic crickets. HH

jb71187
jb71187

This is not so much ignorance as it is arrogance.....they expect 200 or 300 hundred to protest? then the fine decent citizens of Phili who know what a joke this is should show up with 20,000 to 30,000 ...problem solved....and message sent....

MzPlaz
MzPlaz

Unbelieveable! What the hell has this world come to? SMFH!

natoj
natoj

Let them all riot and kill one another, why should we subject our PO to more danger and abuse. They do that in other countries, so be it.

Jomilee 88
Jomilee 88

They had me at “ illegally taunting a police officers dog” I would hang him by his balls just for that !!

Mmiller87
Mmiller87

🕊🙏💙

Enrique Soler
Enrique Soler

All lives matter no matter what your position in life you take weather uniform or any other job. if you don't have Jesus in your hearts you done as part of being the vanity world of this wicked evil spiritual warfare we have here going back since our Lord ascended from earth. he left his warnings to all. but turning their back on him is what your choice will be. sad souls lost out there.>>John 11:25-26<<

Charlie$
Charlie$

Because America is backwards. If it’s bad then it’s good, if she says no then she means yes, right, wrong it don’t matter, people are stupid. They need to put the phone down and find the real world

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

Hundreds of rats come out to support gunman title should read.

tuggingalong
tuggingalong

Should have been titled, “Hundreds of hood rats plan...”

jakki taylor
jakki taylor

Arrest everybody that shows up since most probably have active warrants.