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DOJ creates gun trafficking strike forces in five cities to crack down on sources of firearm-related crime

July 22, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Merrick Garland, U.S. attorney general, speaks during a news conference at the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Friday, June 25, 2021. The Justice Department is filing a lawsuit against a sweeping new Republican-backed voting law in Georgia that critics say represents intentional discrimination and is unconstitutional. Photographer: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Attorney General Merrick Garland plans to travel to Chicago on Thursday to highlight the Justice Department's new anti-gun trafficking initiative focused on five cities, as the Biden administration faces political pressure to deal with spikes in crime.

The department launched anti-gun trafficking strike forces to be based in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, the San Francisco Bay area and Washington, DC, which are known corridors where illegal guns are being trafficked and used in deadly shootings and other crimes.

The goal is to better coordinate federal, state and local law enforcement agencies across jurisdictions to disrupt trafficking networks from the place where guns originate, where they travel through other jurisdictions, and to the places where they're ultimately used to commit violent crime, according to a Justice Department official.

A Justice Department official said that these anti-gun violence initiatives has embedded ATF agents and task force officers in over 45 local homicide units to coordinate efforts and to provide additional resources to address violence crime.

Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco police departments all reported to CNN an increase in the number of overall gun violence victims, which included non-fatal shootings.

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