The Trump administration has announced that it will send federal agents to Detroit, Cleveland, and Milwaukee. This move expands a federal program that sends reinforcements to Democrat-run cities where violence is escalating.
According to The Hill:
“For decades, the Department of Justice has achieved significant success when utilizing our anti-violent crime task forces and federal law enforcement agents to enforce federal law and assist American cities that are experiencing upticks in violent crime,” Attorney General William Barr said in a statement. “The Department of Justice’s assets will supplement local law enforcement efforts, as we work together to take the shooters and chronic violent criminals off of our streets.”
The DOJ is sending more than 25 federal investigators from the FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to Cleveland to assist state and local law enforcement focused on gang activity, gun violence and drug trafficking. The city’s police department will also receive $10 million to fund the hiring of additional officers.
Roughly 40 agents from the same agencies are being dispatched to Detroit to assist the city’s police department, including 11 new permanent ATF agents who will focus on violent crime. The city will also receive $2.4 million to hire new officers.
The DOJ will send another 25 agents to Milwaukee, which is set to host the Democratic National Convention next month, to combat violent crime. The federal government is providing $10.2 million to fund the hiring of officers in the Milwaukee, Wauwatosa and Cudahy police departments.
The Trump administration has already sent agents to Kansas City, Missouri and Chicago, Illinois as part of the initiative.