In the past, Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman (Democrat), who is currently running against Dr. Mehmet Oz for the state’s open seat in the United States Senate, was accused of abusing his “mayoral authority” while he was mayor of Braddock, Pennsylvania. He was accused of using the local police to dig up dirt on his political opponent.
Because Fetterman asked a local police officer to retrieve a police record from 2004 on his opponent Jayme Cox, an attorney for the city of Braddock named Lawrence Shields accused Fetterman of “abusing your mayoral authority” during Fetterman’s campaign for re-election in 2009.
Cox stated that he had gotten into an altercation with his wife, who had passed away in 2017, but that the allegations that he had hit her were not true. Following his participation in a seminar on the prevention of domestic violence.
According to what Cox has heard, Fetterman will “stab in the back” anyone who stands in his way.
Members of the City Council wanted Fetterman to be arrested for allegedly seeking to get the police report on Cox because the laws of the state of Pennsylvania restrict such information when the charges are dropped against an individual.
Braddock was very close to being sued for Fetterman’s actions.
The Criminal History Record Information Act is the statute that Fetterman is being accused of breaching in 2009, and as lieutenant governor, Fetterman has advocated altering this statute. He asserted that the measure “unfairly” barred “many Black and Brown Pennsylvanians” from employment opportunities. In 2009, the solicitor for Braddock, Shields, stated that the release of the police report on Cox, who is black, by Fetterman put Braddock at risk of a potential lawsuit for violating the act, which prohibits the release of criminal information for three years after an arrest when there has been no subsequent conviction. In 2019, Bucks County in Pennsylvania was given a 67 million dollar fine for breaking the legislation by disclosing protected criminal information. The act prohibits the publication of such material.
After the event, Fetterman was a part of the vote that ultimately led to the dismissal of Shields from his position as solicitor for Braddock.
During his time as mayor of Braddock, Fetterman presided over an increase in crime and a decrease in the local population. This occurred despite his promises to rebuild the neighborhood.