Virtual town hall to discuss carjacking awareness

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    Philadelphia City Councilmember Kenyatta Johnson (Second District), chairman of City Council’s Special Committee on Gun Violence Prevention, is hosting an important Carjackings Public Safety Awareness Virtual Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, February 22 starting at 6 p.m. Eastern featuring Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw.

    The Zoom  Town Hall will run from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern on February 22.  The Webinar ID is 865 1269 1364 and the passcode is 374330. If the public would like to listen to the webinar using their telephone, contact 1-312-626-6799 and follow the instructions. The media can log into the Zoom meeting, but a maximum of 500 people can participate in the Zoom event.

    The public can also watch the Town Hall Live via Facebook by going to www.facebook.com/councilmankj to watch the event. The Town Hall will only discuss the issue of carjackings impacting Philadelphia.

    As the city has been in the midst of an unprecedented rise in gun crime over the past two years, carjackings have also been on a startling rise, both in Philadelphia and across the nation.

    The total number of carjackings in 2021 — 840 — was the highest annual total since at least 2017, police statistics show. Already this year, police say there have been at least 192 carjackings in the city.