Wednesday, July 15, 2020
KANSAS CITY MAYOR & U.S. ATTORNEY DENY MILITARISTIC 'FEDERAL TAKEOVER' CONCERN & EXPLAIN UPCOMING LAW ENFORCEMENT CRACKDOWN!!!
Community leaders, activists and social media "journalists" have argued against an upcoming crackdown on local streets.
Accordingly and given that the main focus of today's presser seemed to be damage control in order to help the Mayor's credibility among skeptics . . .
MAYOR Q & THE U.S. ATTORNEY DISPUTE FEAR OF AN UPCOMING KANSAS CITY FEDERAL OCCUPATION!!!
Here's the money line:
“It is not about troops. It is not about tanks,” U.S. District Attorney Tim Garrison said. “This is not about a federal takeover. The local law enforcement is in the lead.”
Garrison said more than 400 federal agents are already here, and the additional forces would just supplement what’s already happening. He said that each agency has specialties that help quell crime.
“FBI is well known for their strength in conducting complex investigations. The ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) brings just an amazing level of technical ability… DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) is excellent in identifying those actors who, as you can see in the stats, are related to those incidents of drug-related violence. The U.S. Marshals Service is excellent in tracking down wanted fugitives,” Garrison said. “We’re trying to use evidence-based, targeted enforcements against the most prolific, violent offenders.”
Lucas also said that his office is working to supplement law enforcement with other methods.
“My office is also working with the Department of Justice to try to obtain grants related to mental health treatment, to help find grants to help conflict resolution, de-escalation, so many important goals in connection to what we do,” Lucas said. “But we also know that we need to find justice for families and justice for victims.”
Check the links . . .
Fox4: Kansas City mayor and US attorney detail ‘Operation LeGend’
KSHB: Federal involvement in the area crime problems has received mixed reactions, with some concern that it could mean police militarization.
KCTV5: The U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri and the mayor of Kansas City laid out details of Operation Legend on Wednesday.
Developing . . .