PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Federal prosecutors announced charges in two Philadelphia gun cases Monday, saying local prosecution of the men was too lenient.
U.S. Attorney William McSwain announced federal charges against the two men at a news conference outside federal court in Philadelphia and outlined a list of 10 other cases that he said Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner had mishandled with lenient prosecutions or “sweetheart” plea deals.
The charges and the news conference came on the eve of a Philadelphia visit by President Donald Trump, who has been campaigning and running ads in Pennsylvania portraying recent protests seeking police reform as destructive and dangerous.
“The staggering homicide and shooting rates in Philadelphia are proof that the district attorney’s radical experiment has failed,” McSwain said Monday.
Philadelphia had seen a more than 30% increase in year-to-date homicides as of Monday, with 319 compared with 244 to the same point last year.
McSwain, a Trump appointee, and Krasner, a Democrat elected