US New Mexico US Attorney defends additional federal agents in Albuquerque
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One of’s top officials is standing behind the government’s decision to send dozens more federal agents into Albuquerque to address violent , and calling on the city’s Democratic mayor to embrace the move.
In a letter to Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller sent Tuesday, U.S. Attorney John C. Anderson reiterated that the 35 new agents will conduct “classic crime-fighting” activities by augmenting existing federal task forces in Albuquerque.
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President Trump and U.S. Attorney General William Barr announced last week the new law enforcement deployment, assuring it would not involve agents in tactical gear like those used to confront protesters in Portland, Ore., where demonstrations have spiraled into violence.
The plan was greeted warily by New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who said agents should be monitored to avoid civil rights violations.
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Among Keller’s demands was a call for federal agents to be readily identifiable when making arrests and equipped with body-worn cameras.
But Anderson suggested that would undermine the effectiveness of undercover agents, arguing: “Many of the law enforcement operations that federal agents carry out in Albuquerque are successful precisely because they are undercover operations.”
Anderson also challenged assertions by Keller’s administration that pledged federal aid for local policing has not been delivered. Anderson said he has implored the city to take the necessary formal steps to accept an available $10 million grant award for community-oriented policing.
“The ball has very much been in the city’s court for more than a month,” he wrote.
Trump says he wants to combat rising crime in cities including Chicago and Albuquerque as he runs for reelection under a “law-and-order” mantle.
Anderson acknowledged that 2020 crime statistics from the FBI are not yet available, but stressed the high crime rates in Albuquerque.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
New Mexico Democrats condemn deployment of federal agents after Trump announced they'll be sent to Albuquerque .
New Mexico Democrats say the Trump administration's deployment of 35 federal agents in Albuquerque is "unnecessary and dangerous."On Wednesday, Trump and US Attorney General William Barr announced they were deploying the agents as part of Operation Legend, ostensibly an effort to combat violent crime. They were joined by Bernalillo County Sheriff Manny Gonzalez from New Mexico.