Operation Pressure Point takes action

April 12, 2009 5:34:00 AM PDT
Philadelphia Police have launched a crackdown on trouble spots and troublemakers this weekend. They call it Operation Pressure Point. The thinking is some of the deadliest hours in Philadelphia are the late evenings and early mornings of weekends from April to October. With that in mind, the city, along with the help of the feds and the state, launched Operation Pressure Point last night.

Among its targets are probation violators and fugitives, as well as nuisance bars, where trouble spills onto the streets.

Captain Branville Bard told Action News there are a lot of shootings and disorderly conduct at the Chill Spot, located at 29th Street and Ridge Avenue. Police and L& I shutdown The Chill Spot last night.

Meanwhile, at 25th and York Streets, authorities arrested four at the Caddi Bar and found what appeared to be marijuana, crack, 300 rounds of ammo and more.

"Behind the bar we found four handguns, a pump shotgun, an AK-47 assault rifle," Sgt. Ray Evers said.

Elsewhere, police arrested nine others wanted on probation violations or bench warrants.

Back in the neighborhood of the Chill Spot, reactions ranged from indifference to those who say there were plenty of problems from the bar.

"There's always trouble up there. They call it the kill spot, not the Chill Spot," Terrence Huggins of North Philadelphia said.

"It's a nuisance bar. Too many fights, getting shot, shootings, all that stuff, makes no sense, so I hope they do have a hard time opening it back up," Chris from North Philadelphia said.

The first night of Operation Pressure Point is history and night two is underway.

The police vow to keep the pressure on every weekend through October.

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