After firing 31 employees last week, Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner announced a new appointment on Monday.
The district attorney’s office appointed local community gun violence activist Movita Johnson-Harrell as interim supervisor of Victim Services. Johnson-Harrell founded the CHARLES Foundation after her son, Charles Johnson, was killed due to mistaken identity in 2011.
Johnson has also been seen speaking at several events against gun violence along with CeaseFire PA. The Victim Services unit works on advocating and providing services for crime victims and witnesses throughout the city.
“I am thrilled and honored to join the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office in this vital mission, and look forward to serving the people of Philadelphia in my new role,” said Johnson-Harrell in a press release.
“I know that this moment of transition in the DAO has been confusing for some victims and their families. I want to ensure them that our unit is open for business and that we are here to make sure that you have whatever information you need. Please, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me or my staff.”
Krasner also commented on Johnson-Harrell in the press release, citing her own personal experience with gun violence will help the direction of his office.
“Her wealth of knowledge, depth of experience, and enthusiasm will be crucial to our Office’s critical mission of delivering services to witnesses of and those traumatized by crime,” Krasner said.
Philadelphia had its first homicide of 2018 Sunday night — leaving one 30-year-old man dead and a 26-year-old woman in critical condition — after going five days without a gun-related murder in the year.
As of December of 2017, 317 people were killed due to homicides last year according to the Philadelphia Police Departments “Crime Mapper.” This is a 13 percent jump from last year—that saw 277 people killed due to homicides—and the first time in five years the homicide count reached 300 people in Philadelphia.
This is Krasner’s first step after firing a good amount of former employees from his office. Krasner still has more things to come and looking to push out more appointments for his office this week.
“We do. We will be rolling out them in the next few days,” said Ben Waxman, Krasner’s spokesperson about more appointments coming this week.