Democratic Senate front-runner in Pa. can’t shake his past armed encounter with Black jogger

Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, the front-runner in the state’s Democratic Senate primary, is being targeted by a rival over an incident in 2013 in which he pulled a shotgun on a Black jogger whom he suspected of a crime.

    The racist overtones of Mr. Fetterman’s actions eight years ago haven’t soured Pennsylvania Democrats on his Senate run.

“John Fetterman cannot outrun his checkered past with Pennsylvanian voters,” said NRSC spokeswoman Lizzie Litzow. “They are clearly rejecting Fetterman when they are reminded of the 2013 incident when he pulled a gun on an unarmed Black jogger. If Kenyatta, who is a long-shot candidate, can tie Fetterman after voters are reminded of this incident, then he should definitely be worried come 2022.”

According to a police report of the encounter, Mr. Fetterman used his 20-gauge shotgun to stop and detain an unarmed Black jogger after hearing about a dozen “assault rifle” shots fired near his home. When he saw the man running, he chased him in his pickup truck and pulled the shotgun from under the seat.
“Fetterman continued to yell and state that he knows this male was shooting,” the police report said.

Police searched the man, Christopher Miyares, then 28, but found no weapons. He was released, and no charges were brought against Mr. Fetterman.


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