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Press Release

Documentary Promotes Awareness Of Gun And Gang Violence

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts

BOSTON – The Office of United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz has partnered with Stop Handgun Violence, Inc. to produce a 30-minute television documentary entitled “Hitting Home” which will air on WBZ-TV on June 23 at 2:00 pm and on myTV38 (WSBK) on June 26 at 10:30 pm.

The objective of “Hitting Home” is to raise awareness about the impact of gun and gang violence on residents in the areas where these problems are most prevalent. Additionally, the film encourages people to engage with local anti-violence community programs.

“Hitting Home” focuses on the cities of Boston and Springfield, providing a forum for people who have been affected by gun and gang violence in those cities. The film demonstrates what it is really like to live with these issues every day. The documentary further describes several effective grass-roots community groups making inroads of positive change in their neighborhoods.

“While the components of our mission include enforcing the law and providing leadership to prevent crime, it’s important for people to realize that we need them to be a part of the solution and work together with us and local law enforcement to improve the quality of life in our cities,” said United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz.

The documentary was developed as the result collaboration between CBS’s Community Partnerships division and the U.S. Attorney’s Project Safe Neighborhoods program, together with its media partner, Stop Handgun Violence. Boston’s WBZ-TV and sister-station myTV38 are part of CBS Television Stations, a division of CBS Corporation.

Updated April 11, 2016