Sunday, July 26, 2020

'It's not a response to protests': U.S. attorney says focus of federal agents is tackling violent crime, rising homicide rate

From JSOnline:

Ashley Luthern
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Federal agents coming to Milwaukee in several weeks will focus on violent crime, illegal gun cases and slowing the city's rising homicide rate, the area's top federal prosecutor said Friday.
"It's not a response to protests or civil unrest. It's not the federal operation that we saw in Portland," Matthew D. Krueger, U.S. attorney for Wisconsin's Eastern District, said in an interview.
Krueger and other law enforcement partners sought to reassure skeptical politicians and members of the public after President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced the expansion of the Justice Department's Operation Legend to five cities, including Milwaukee.
Many who have expressed concern and outrage over the plan see the effort as a political move by the Trump administration, coming as Milwaukee plans to host a mostly virtual Democratic National Convention and as demonstrators here continue to protest police brutality and racism. 

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