Chicago – as part of Biden’s approach to combating increasing gun violence In the United States, Attorney General Merrick Garland met with a US lawyer on Thursday to discuss plans to target the illegal flow of guns across state borders through the creation of five new gun trafficking “Strike Forces.”
Authorities will coordinate with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and cities and states to crack down on gun trafficking corridors that have diverted guns to New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Washington, DC. The Justice Ministry announced last month.
The DOJ added that “strike forces share information and otherwise cooperate between districts” and “focus on enforcement over the entire trafficking network.”
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Garland and Deputy Prosecutor Lisa Monaco visited ATF headquarters in Washington early Thursday to meet with bureau leaders and investigators prior to a planned visit to Chicago.
US lawyers from Eastern California, Northern California, Eastern New York, Northern Illinois, and District of Columbia attended the meeting on video.
“Everyone knows that our job is to chase the triggering people,” Monaco said. She added: “But, of course, our job is to track the sources of those guns, the corridors they move in, and the networks that supply them to where they are committing the most violent crimes. What is this series of strike force efforts? “
President Joe Biden mentioned strike forces in a speech from the White House last month Promote a “Zero Tolerance Policy” for Fraudulent Gun Dealers A new focus for the Justice Department to stop Illegal sale of firearms..
Because there is no federal gun trafficking law, federal agents lie on the gun purchase form to prosecute gun trafficking cases or to legally purchase weapons and offer them to others. Often you have to resort to other laws. t have them legally.
Authorities hope that the new plan will mean that federal prosecutors in some supply cities are more likely to prosecute in those cases.
The Attorney General’s trip comes as some US cities are seeing an increase in murders and shootings this year.
Shooting incident compared to the same period last year 22% increase New York City and Number of Shooting Victims 43% increase In Los Angeles, according to police.In San Francisco, the city police chief reported: Double shooting In the first half of this year compared to the same period last year. According to police, murder has increased by 1% in Washington.
In Chicago, shootings have increased by 9% since the same period last year. To date, more than 2,100 shooting victims (events in which people are victims of crime) have occurred in Chicago so far this year, with more than 380 deadly shootings according to city data.
The city fired three shots on Wednesday, killing or killing more than four people, excluding the shooters. This is a non-profit organization. Cancer Violence ArchiveTracking a case of gun violence is defined as a mass shooting.
Five men were shot dead on Wednesday in the west of the city, of which a 14-year-old boy was shot dead in the head, police said. A few minutes later, a few blocks away, five people were injured, including teenagers aged 14, 15, and 17. Just before midnight, eight people traveling by party bus on the north side of the city were injured in a drive-by shooting, police said.
Chicago Police Department police officer David Brown called on members of the community to provide information about the shooting at a press conference on Thursday. Many of the people targeted by the shooting did not cooperate with law enforcement agencies, Brown said.
“We want to keep our babies safe. They deserve the right to live,” said Rev. James Brooks of the Harmony Community Church in North Lawndale, where there were two shootings. “We need a community to help us. We need everyone. It’s our responsibility to take a step forward and say something.”
Brown said Chicago had dedicated 50 police officers to engage in gun trafficking efforts.
Meanwhile, Chicago leaders Approved a new layer of civilian police surveillance Wednesday after years of protests against police illegal activity – the key to reestablishing community confidence in law enforcement is according to mobile authorities.
“Reform is good for police,” Brown said Thursday. “It has the potential to build trust with the community.”
Contribution: Associated Press
This article was originally published in USA TODAY: Trafficking of guns in Chicago, New York and Bay Area “Strike Force”