first published on January 8, 2016 by Josh
Philadelphia police officer, Jesse Hartnett, was ambushed in his patrol car by an ISIS Sympathizer dressed in a white man-dress.
Officer Jesse Hartnett was sitting in his patrol car at around 11:30 p.m. on 60th and Spruce Streets, when he was brutally ambushed by an Islamic State sympathizer. Officer Hartnett survived the attack, and stepped out of his vehicle to return fire as the extremist fled the scene. The suspect was brought down by responding Officers after he was hit by Hartnett, and is now in custody.
Officer Hartnett was taken to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center where he underwent surgery for a broken arm. He is expected to make a full recovery.
In the wake of this attack, there have been a number of press conferences surrounding the issue. The attacker, 30-year-old Edward Archer, stated in his full confession to the police that police bend laws that are contrary to the teachings of the Quran, and that he conducted the attack in the name of Islam, and the Islamic State.
Contrary to this statement, the Mayor of Philadelphia was quoted as saying,
“In no way shape or form does anyone in this room believe that Islam or the teaching of Islam has anything to do with what you’ve seen on the screen. It is abhorrent. It is terrible and it does not represent the religion in any way, shape or form or any of its teachings.”
The Mayor also would prefer this investigation go forward as an assassination attempt, not a terror attack.
Early last year Edward Archer was sentenced to nine to 23 months in jails with two years of probation for assault. He was paroled on a plea deal, instead only being charged with simple assault, and carrying a gun without a license. The weapon used by the attacker was a stolen police issue 9mm hand-gun, and currently it is unknown how he attained the pistol.
In an interview with his mother, she stated that he has been a devout Muslim for a very long time, and recently he had been displaying evidence of mental issues. She asked him to seek medical attention but he refused.