The people in political power are very often shielded from the consequences of their most radical policies. That all changed for Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA) Wednesday in Philadelphia.
Scanlon was carjacked at gunpoint in broad daylight, and the five suspects in connection with the incident have been arrested, The Hill reported. It’s ironic considering the Pennsylvania Democrat had previously endorsed a law enforcement reform bill that in part sought to defund police.
Prior to the arrest, Philadelphia Police Department said in a statement to the news outlet that two Black men between 20 and 30 years old had come up to Scanlon as she was leaving a meeting that afternoon. They made off with her 2017 blue Acura MDX, though the congresswoman was unharmed.
Later, the Delaware State Police recovered the vehicle and arrested everyone in the stolen car. Through a statement from her communications director, Scanlon thanked law enforcement who were involved, including “the Philadelphia Police Department for their swift response.”
However, she was singing a different tune about law enforcement even as crime began to surge, according to Fox News. A June 2020 tweet lamented how there were “too many lives taken and communities devastated by police brutality and racial profiling.”
We have seen too many lives taken and communities devastated by police brutality and racial profiling. Action is long overdue. @HouseDemocrats are fighting for REAL reform in our country’s police departments. #JusticeInPolicing pic.twitter.com/IS9n6LZXCg
— Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon (@RepMGS) June 8, 2020
Later, Scanlon co-sponsored the Mental Health Justice Act in February 2021. The bill’s aim was to give the Secretary of Health and Human Services the right to hire “mental health professionals to respond in lieu of law enforcement officers in emergencies involving one or more persons with a mental illness or an intellectual or developmental disability, and for other purposes.”
Essentially, the bill claimed to be a way for lawmakers “to make it easier for state and local governments to defund the police by instead funding mental health services and empowering them to respond to emergency calls instead of armed officers.” If Scanlon had it her way, her alleged carjackers would have been given a therapy session instead of led away in handcuffs.
It’s always a tragedy when someone is the victim of a crime. However, in this case, Scanlon has felt the brunt of the policies she was hoping to pursue and impose on the rest of society — and she should take it as a lesson.