Philadelphia Police, US Attorney’s Office Announce Federal Initiative To Combat Violence In City

Alicia Roberts reports.

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UKEE WASHINGTON: We begin with federal officials stepping in to combat Philadelphia's growing trend of gun violence. It comes after a traffic stop last night ended in a shootout with one suspect dead and an officer shot. It happened in Logan on West Somerville Avenue.

JESSICA KARTALIJA: Alicia Roberts is at police headquarters with a breakdown of the new initiative titled All Hands on Deck. Alicia.

ALICIA ROBERTS: Jessica, today's announcement comes 24 hours after the city recorded seven shootings, three of them fatal, and means you'll soon see more federal boots on Philly's streets.

JENNIFER ARBITTIER WILLIAMS: We will not allow you to hold Philadelphia hostage.

ALICIA ROBERTS: Just feet from Independence Hall in Old City, federal officials announced a new anti-crime partnership with Philadelphia police to help free the city from an epidemic of violence.

JENNIFER ARBITTIER WILLIAMS: We are on pace to surpass 600 homicides this year in Philadelphia. The joint task force, called All Hands on Deck, includes the FBI, DEA, Homeland Security, immigration and more, and will include more federal agents on Philly's streets, more information sharing, and federal charges for those caught.

JENNIFER ARBITTIER WILLIAMS: The US Attorney's office will prioritize prosecuting in federal court those responsible for gun violence.

DANIELLE OUTLAW: Federal sentences are measured in years, not months.

ALICIA ROBERTS: Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw welcoming the added resources, especially to help protect those most vulnerable.

DANIELLE OUTLAW: So far this year 16 children under the age of 18 have been murdered here in the city of Philadelphia.

ALICIA ROBERTS: And offering a warning.

DANIELLE OUTLAW: Enough is enough.

JENNIFER ARBITTIER WILLIAMS: The moment you commit that violent crime, you will feel dread like never before because we are coming after you.

ALICIA ROBERTS: And Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner was informed about today's announcement. But he was not invited to attend. Reporting live outside Philadelphia police headquarters, Alicia Roberts, CBS3 Eyewitness News.

UKEE WASHINGTON: Alicia, thank you.