'Defund the Police' Democrat Carjacked at Gunpoint in Own Crime-Ridden District
Rep. Mary Gary Scanlon (D-PA) has car and possessions stolen during armed robbery
A Democrat U.S. congresswoman, who campaigned to "defund the police," has been carjacked at gunpoint during a broad daylight robbery in her own crime-infested Philadelphia district, according to reports.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Rep. Mary Gary Scanlon (D-PA) had her car and possessions stolen by armed robbers on Wednesday afternoon after touring FDR Park in South Philly.
"Scanlon and other elected officials met to discuss constituent concerns around ongoing development plans for FDR Park," the outlet reported.
"The congressional lawmaker, whose district represents parts of South Philadelphia and Delaware County, was accompanied by another member of her staff, but the two drove separately, according to office spokesperson Lauren Cox.
"Around 2:45 p.m., Scanlon was walking alone back to her car on the 1900 block of Pattison Avenue when she was approached by two armed men who demanded her car keys and personal belongings, according to Cox."
Scanlon's spokesperson told the paper that the congresswoman was “physically OK, but her vehicle and possessions are gone.”
The robbers stole Scanlon's blue 2017 Acura MDX and 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."