By Tim Jimenez
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia’s District Attorney and a City Councilman took to the streets of a Southwest Philadelphia neighborhood last night.
Along Woodland Avenue in Kingsessing, a bit of a meet and greet for Councilman Kenyatta Johnson and District Attorney Seth Williams, surrounded by 12th District police officers, talking to neighbors on their stoops or people like Latasha, who owns a hair studio.
“It feels comforting,” Latasha says. “It was a surprise but it was definitely comforting to know that they’re interested in the community.”
Public safety was the big talker, Williams hearing a little bit of everything.
“Politics is local and all crime is very local so we’ll be on a block and people will want to talk to us about streets lights or they’ll want to talk to us about the potholes,” Williams says. “Or they’ll want to talk to us about the crack dealers or the grafitti.”
And even though police officials report around 60 less homicides this year compared to the same time in 2012, Johnson says more has to be done.
“We should respond aggressively and we should also, more importantly, partner up with the community and let them know that we take this issue very serious.”