Per WXYZ, the Trump administration is planning to expand an operation that would send federal law enforcement agents to Detroit in the coming weeks, the White House announced Wednesday night.
According to a recap of the day’s events on the White House website, President Trump and the Department of Justice plan to expand the program into Detroit, Cleveland and Milwaukee in the next three weeks.
Trump and Attorney General William Barr announced Wednesday that they would send federal agents to Chicago and Albuquerque to combat rising crime under the “law and order” push.
“In recent weeks there has been a radical movement to defund, dismantle and dissolve our police department,” Trump said Wednesday at a White House event, blaming the movement for “a shocking explosion of shootings, killings, murders and heinous crimes of violence.”
“This bloodshed must end,” he said. “This bloodshed will end.”
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Police Chief James Craig and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer spoke out earlier this week after Trump said they were looking into the plan to bring agents to Detroit.
“There could be no possible justification for such an action. The Detroit Police Department has had the support of the Detroit community in making sure our City did not have a single store looted or a single fire started during the protests,” Duggan and Craig said in a joint statement. “Unlike nearly every other major city in the country, the Detroit Police Department never requested assistance from the National Guard – we handled our issues as a community. We definitely have no need for any federal presence being sent in now.”
“It is deeply disturbing that President Trump is once again choosing to spread hateful rhetoric and attempting to suppress the voices of those he doesn’t agree with,” Whitmer said. “Quite frankly, the president doesn’t know the first thing about Detroit. If he did, he would know that for nearly two months now, Detroiters have gathered to peacefully protest the systemic racism and discrimination that Black Americans face every day. There is no reason for the president to send federal troops into a city where people are demanding change peacefully and respectfully.”
Fox News reports Detroit Police Chief James Craig explained on Friday why he would allow President Trump to deploy federal agents in the Motor City if protests turn violent.
“I think there has been a lot of partisan politics involved. We don’t have what is going on in Portland or Seattle. I understand that.” Craig told “Fox & Friends,” noting the police department has managed protests for nine weeks so far.
“What we do have and what we entered into with this administration in late December, I stood with Attorney General Barr and all the heads of the DOJ and welcomed in what was called then ‘Relentless Pursuit.’ What’s going on now is just an enhancement to what we’re already doing,” Craig said.
“The uptick in violence is not unique or isolated to Detroit, but, we’re seeing it in all of the major cities, Chicago, Los Angeles, and so this is an opportunity to really address what’s going on and what’s eerily going on,” Craig said.
Craig’s comments come a day after President Trump vowed to deploy federal troops to several U.S. cities — including Detroit — to combat rising crime.