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

Matt Petrillo reports.

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JIM DONOVAN: A new anti-crime initiative that joins together federal law enforcement agencies with Philadelphia police was just announced late this morning. Eyewitness News reporter Matt Petrillo is live on Independence Mall with more on the new effort to bring peace to the streets. Good afternoon, Matt.

MATT PETRILLO: Hey, Jim. Good afternoon to you. You know, it was a very violent week in Philadelphia, especially with that officer-involved shooting. It has the acting US attorney for our area calling violence in the city an epidemic. But today, she said she's taking action to address it. Acting US Attorney Jennifer Williams joined Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw at a news conference that just wrapped up about a half hour ago.

They were also joined by the local leaders of a dozen federal agencies, like the FBI and ATF. Together, they released a joint letter that's addressed to people who live and work in Philadelphia. It says in part, "We know what the city needs. It needs all hands on deck to stop the violence. And that is what we are committed to provide." Officials also laid out a plan to curb gun violence in the city.

JENNIFER WILLIAMS: Beginning this month, FBI is adding additional agents to its Violent Crimes and Safe Streets Gang Task Forces, who will focus on investigating crimes with the most serious impact on victims, including carjackings, armed robberies, and gun violence.

DANIELLE OUTLAW: I've been asking for more and more consequences. We would like to see it. And if it's-- I don't care who does it. It needs to get it done, right? People are dying.

MATT PETRILLO: And the Philadelphia police commissioner speaking there after I asked a question about the district attorney's office not being involved in this initiative. I asked if it was too soft on crime. The commissioner there again saying that she just wants to curb the gun violence because so many people are dying. Live in Old City, Matt Petrillo, "CBS 3 Eyewitness News."

- All right, Matt, thank you for that.