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Feds announce surge of law enforcement resources into seven of America’s most violent cities


This news story was published on December 18, 2019.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Attorney General William P. Barr announced the launch of Operation Relentless Pursuit, an initiative aimed at combating violent crime in seven of America’s most violent cities through a surge in federal resources.

Joined at a press conference in Detroit, Michigan, by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Acting Director Regina Lombardo, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Acting Administrator Uttam Dhillon, FBI Director Christopher A. Wray, and U.S. Marshals Service Director Donald W. Washington, Attorney General Barr pledged to intensify federal law enforcement resources into Albuquerque, Baltimore, Cleveland, Detroit, Kansas City, Memphis, and Milwaukee – seven American cities with violent crime levels several times the national average.

“Americans deserve to live in safety,” said Attorney General William P. Barr. “And while nationwide violent crime rates are down, many cities continue to see levels of extraordinary violence. Operation Relentless Pursuit seeks to ensure that no American city is excluded from the peace and security felt by the majority of Americans, while also supporting those who serve and protect in these communities with the resources, training, and equipment they need to stay safe.”

“The men and women of ATF are deeply committed to and focused on reducing crime gun violence in our communities,” said ATF Acting Director Regina Lombardo. “We are proud that our efforts have significantly contributed to the historic reductions in violence that our nation has realized in recent years. Operation Relentless Pursuit combines the resources of ATF, DEA, FBI, and U.S. Marshals to support our state and local law enforcement partners in those cities that – regrettably – continue to be plagued by rates of violent crime that are simply too high. Through Relentless Pursuit, we pledge to hold accountable the trigger-pullers, firearm traffickers, violent criminals and those who supply them the guns to terrorize our communities. ATF will aggressively utilize every available tool, including our crime gun enforcement teams, National Integrated Ballistic Information Network and firearms tracing to identify, investigate and support the prosecution of the most violent firearm offenders.”

“Drug traffickers – including cartels and street gangs – will stop at nothing to turn a profit, often using violence and intimidation to expand their reach,” said DEA Acting Administrator Uttam Dhillon. “This targeted surge of resources will further strengthen our ability to work with our federal, state, and local partners to pursue the worst offenders and make our communities safer.”

“The FBI remains committed to providing our specialized expertise and resources to assist our federal, state and local partners fighting violent crime,” said FBI Director Christopher A. Wray. “We are here today to reaffirm our dedication to reducing violent crime in the cities selected for Operation Relentless Pursuit to combat the threats that arise from gangs and criminal enterprises that drive violence in the communities we are sworn to protect.”

“The U.S. Marshals Service is proud of the integral role we play in supporting Attorney General Barr’s strong leadership and commitment to combating violent crime and enhancing public safety throughout our nation,” said U.S. Marshals Service Director Donald W. Washington. “We will continue to work with our local, state, and federal partners to make communities safer by addressing violent crime at its core and taking the worst of the worst fugitives and other felons off the streets.”

The operation will involve increasing the number of federal law enforcement officers to the selected cities, as well as bulking up federal task forces through collaborative efforts with state and local law enforcement partners. The surge in federal agents will be complemented by a financial commitment of up to $71 million in federal grant funding that can be used to hire new officers, pay overtime and benefits, finance federally deputized task force officers, and provide mission-critical equipment and technology.

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8 Responses to Feds announce surge of law enforcement resources into seven of America’s most violent cities

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 19, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    Nothing will happen until we get judges who will incarcerate the criminals. Plea bargaining down to lesser offenses allows arrested people to be on the streets a short time after their arrest. I am not a big fan of the death penalty, but some of these dirt bags have no hope of rehabilitation, so why are they allowed to take up space in prison?

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 19, 2019 at 6:33 am

    MAKE AMERICA A SHIT HOLE. VOTE DEMOCRAT!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 19, 2019 at 6:33 am

    Cities all run by Democrats!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 19, 2019 at 1:10 am

    Regina, Uttam, Chris, Don, and Bill. Not the type of people to have coffee with. No thank you. They got crime on their minds. Somewhere in there the IRS is hiding too. What you going to do when they come for you…bad boy.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 18, 2019 at 4:28 pm

    All cities run by Democrats.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      December 18, 2019 at 5:20 pm

      Get Over Yourself

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        December 19, 2019 at 12:18 am

        Ten incontrovertible things.

        First, the top ten homeless cities are sanctuary cities, all led by Democrats.

        Second,the top-ten “most dangerous” are led by Democrats.

        Third, the top-25 “most dangerous” are mostly Democrat-led, and among the poorest and least employed, with weak infrastructure, tax base and incentives for private investment.

        Fourth, among the 25 “most dangerous,” most face stifling poverty of 18 and 39 percent, against the national average of 12. 3 percent. These Democrat-led cities are America’s poorest.

        Fifth, most of these cities suffer unemployment rates from 4.4 and 9.3 percent, versus 3.7 nationally.

        Sixth, of the 20 “least healthy” cities, all but four are Democrat-led.

        Seventh, while these mayors wrestle difficult issues, most oppose policies promoted by President Trump that are bringing prosperity to the rest of the country, such as lower taxes, less regulation, incentives for business investment, stronger law enforcement, cooperation with federal immigration officials, border security, comprehensive anti-drug policies, and local responsibility for declining tax base.

        Eighth, most are in anti-gun coalitions, focused on restricting Second Amendment rights, favoring policies at cross-purposes with allowing citizens to protect themselves. While each is different, many favor gun-control, bans on concealed carry and higher minimum wages – all proven misfires.

        Ninth, taken as a whole – the mayors are pursuing conflicted policies, on the numbers not breaking cycles of inter generational crime, poverty, unemployment, dependence, employers fleeing tax burdens, untrained employees, accessible private health care, environmental stewardship and personal fitness.

        Tenth, These cities can do better. If the policies and leadership are not working, there is an option – especially as America’s economy is thriving and cities are seeing a renaissance in investment, employment, income, health and safety: Elect new leaders.

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          Anonymous Reply Report comment

          December 19, 2019 at 11:50 am

          They won’t elect new leaders. That would cut the “freebee” pipeline that the Democrats provide.