After a lengthy investigation by the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office, DA Seth Williams announced that no charges would be filed against LeSean McCoy or any other party associated with the case involving the altercation between McCoy, his friends and a pair of off duty police officers at the Recess Lounge in Philadelphia on Feb. 7.
In a statement released by Williams’ office it said in part.
There is not enough evidence to meet the legal threshold to issue charges.
“For the past several weeks my office has worked diligently with Philadelphia Police Department’s Central Detectives to investigate this matter, and in the end, there is insufficient evidence to prove that any individual committed a criminal offense,” said Williams. “My job is not to decide whether anyone acted appropriately or not. My job is to determine if evidence exists to charge any individual with a crime. I do that by looking at all the facts. That is what we did here. My decision today is consistent with my commitment to the citizens of Philadelphia to charge, and only charge, those people who, based on evidence, are guilty of crimes.”
Looking at the actions and events of all parties on Feb. 7, 2016, there is insufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt, who started the fight and under what circumstances. In order to gain a conviction against any individual, the District Attorney’s office would have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that any actions that were taken were not in self-defense or in the defense of another.
The law allows a person to legally defend himself or herself if he or she believes that force is immediately necessary to protect against the use of unlawful force against themselves. The law also says that a person is legally entitled to use force to protect another person if he or she believes that force is necessary to protect someone from being injured by the use of unlawful force. While it is clear that an altercation took place, there is insufficient credible evidence to determine which of the participants was the initial aggressor or whether some participants were acting in self-defense or in the reasonable defense of another.
The combined investigation of the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office and Philadelphia Police Detectives in the Recess Lounge incident was extensive. Over a nine week period Assistant District Attorneys and Central Detectives built a comprehensive timeline of events leading up to and following the Recess Lounge incident. They also conducted 44 interviews with a total of 27 individuals, made a site visit, examined the medical records of multiple participants and reviewed photographs and video surveillance footage.
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