U.S. Attorney McSwain says North Philly standoff was precipitated by disrespect for law enforcement

Philadelphia's top federal prosecutor says the shooting of six police officers during a 7 1/2-hour standoff was precipitated by a disrespect for law enforcement that the city's district attorney is championing.

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U.S. Attorney William McSwain said Thursday in a news release that disrespect puts police in danger. The top prosecutors have a sharp ideological divide. McSwain is a President Donald Trump appointee and Larry Krasner is a longtime civil rights lawyer.

McSwain has previously questioned Krasner's commitment to crime victims.

An email seeking comment was sent to Krasner.

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The six officers had non-life-threatening injuries and have been released from the hospital. The suspected gunman is in custody after surrendering.