PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Authorities in Philadelphia say they have filed more than 2,000 witness-intimidation charges since 2011 to try to address the city's "no snitching" culture.
They range from execution-style slayings to courtroom threats, and include charges filed Wednesday over a trial witness shot four times as he left home. The man survived.
District Attorney Seth Williams says federal and state investigators pursued the case for two years, to protect both witnesses who come forward in violent Philadelphia neighborhoods and the criminal justice system at large.
Authorities say the victim was set to testify in a relatively low-level gun case. He is now expected to testify against the four men charged with ambushing him in September 2011, the day the trial was set to open.
He is now getting witness-protection services.
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