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Video: Arrest warrant issued for Democrat lawmaker: Report

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April 17, 2024

Philadelphia police reportedly issued an arrest warrant on Tuesday for Democratic Pennsylvania State Rep. Kevin Boyle. The Democratic lawmaker, who recently went viral for allegedly threatening staff members at a bar, was previously arrested in 2021 for violating a protection order.

Fox 29 reported that police officials said Boyle’s latest arrest warrant was issued due to the Democratic representative once again violating a Protection from Abuse order. According to CBS News, sources indicated that the violation was related to a text message Boyle sent to his estranged wife.

CBS News reported that Boyle currently represents Pennsylvania District 172, which includes parts of Northeast Philly and Montgomery County. Boyle has represented District 172 since 2011 and is running for his eighth term as a state representative this year.   

In September 2021, Boyle was arrested after violating a Protection from Abuse order and charged with harassment, according to Fox 29. Following treatment at a mental health facility, Boyle issued a letter to his constituents explaining that the treatment helped save his life, CBS News reported.

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In February, a viral video on social media allegedly showed the Democratic lawmaker threatening staff members at the Gaul & Co. Malt House bar in Rockledge, Montgomery County. Police officials indicated that Boyle was allegedly drunk and might have been under the influence of drugs at the time of the incident.

Despite being asked to leave the bar multiple times, Boyle was recorded repeatedly threatening and arguing with the staff members. Toward the end of the viral video, Boyle said, “I can f-cking end this bar, by the way. I’ll f-cking end this bar, by the way.” He added, “This bar is so f-cking done, by the way.”

According to CBS News, Boyle was not charged in the incident at the bar. However, after leaving the bar, police told the Democratic lawmaker that he would not be allowed back at the Gault & Co. Malt House.

CBS News reported that the Democrat lawmaker’s string of incidents could impact the upcoming state elections, as the Pennsylvania primary election is scheduled for April 23.

According to CBS News, Boyle is facing a challenge from Sean Dougherty, a strong primary opponent who is supported by the state’s Democratic party.

In a statement to CBS News Philadelphia, Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Matt Bradford, a Democrat, said, “I love Kevin, but I have serious concerns about his mental health and it breaks my heart to see him this way. I hope he gets the help he needs.”