The Pennsylvania attorney general's office will review Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams' decision earlier this month not to charge Buffalo Bills star running back LeSean McCoy for his alleged involvement in a Feb. 7 bar fight that left two off-duty Philadelphia police officers injured.
Pennsylvania Solicitor General Bruce Castor told CBS 3 in Philadelphia that McCoy and anybody else involved in the bar fight are "not totally cleared" of possible charges. Castor was hired to his newly created position last month by Attorney General Kathleen Kane, who had her law license suspended last year as she faces criminal charges.
If the attorney general office's investigation concludes that McCoy or others should have been charged in the fight, it could ask a court to overturn Williams' decision. That would set a precedent in the state for local prosecutors' decisions being thrown out.
The attorney general's office initiated its review at the request of Philadelphia police union president John McNesby, who has defended the off-duty officers and been critical of Williams since the incident.
Williams stood by his decision in a statement to NBC Philadelphia this week, saying, "We conducted 44 interviews speaking with a total of 27 individuals, made site visits, examined the medical records of multiple participants, and reviewed photographs and surveillance footage."
Williams announced April 4 that there was "insufficient credible evidence" to charge McCoy or his friends for the fight, adding that he couldn't prove who provoked the skirmish and that it was possible that those involved were acting in self-defense.
The NFL is conducting its own investigation into the fight and could discipline McCoy under the league's personal conduct policy.