With mass shooting and violent crime making the headlines…..
Democrats on the offense about being tough on crime?
The Justice Dept. and US Marshal’s annouce a sweep across the country against fugitives, sex offenders and gang members ….
Garland, who was briefed on the operation Wednesday morning, hailed the effort as a step toward protecting communities and ending “the plague of gun violence.”
Speaking briefly to reporters, Garland noted that he grew up in Chicago, not far from the Highland Park neighborhood where a gunman opened fire during an Independence Day parade Monday, killing seven people and injuring others.
“It’s just another horrific reminder of the violence, the gun violence, that we face and we must do everything in our power to end,” he said. “We don’t need any more reminders of this.”
The Marshals Service launched the operation in June, apprehending suspects involved in 230 homicide counts and 131 sexual assault counts, officials said. Investigators seized 166 firearms, more than $53,600 in currency, and more than 33 kilograms of illegal narcotics.
Amid a spike in gun violence, Garland has sought to bolster public confidence that the Justice Department is doing more to combat rising crime. Last year, he announced the creation of special task forces in several cities to target gun trafficking.
Operation North Star also focused on Houston, Indianapolis, Memphis, New Orleans and Philadelphia…