John Street is out as Mayor of Philadelphia. Michael Nutter is in. He started out pissing off the local FOP right before his inauguration.
The Fraternal Order of Police is angered by Mayor-Elect Michael Nutter’s choice for his cabinet. His selection was a defense attorney for a man accused of killing a police officer.
Nutter’s appointment of Everett Gillison to Deputy Mayor of Public Safety is drawing the ire of the Philadelphia Police Department.
“It’s a mistake, I know our officers out there aren’t happy,” FOP President John McNesby said.
While working as a public defender, Gillison represented the man who shot and killed Officer Gary Skerski in 2006.
I’ll be honest, I’m going to stand with Nutter on this one. Every man is entitled to a fair trial, and entitled to have the assistance of council in his defense. There might be other reasons for not liking Gillison, but the fact that he did his duty as public defender is not among them.