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US Justice Department labels New York, Portland and Seattle as 'anarchy' jurisdictions

21:34  21 september  2020
21:34  21 september  2020 Source:   cnn.com

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The Justice Department on Monday labeled three cities " anarchy " jurisdictions -- New York , Seattle and Portland , Oregon -- on orders from President Donald Trump, making good on the President's threat to withhold federal aid in response to prolonged civil unrest in those areas.

The Justice Department designated New York City, Seattle and Portland as " jurisdictions permitting President Donald Trump released a memo earlier this month instructing the department to find ways to slash federal funding after determining which US cities are " anarchist jurisdictions ."

The Justice Department on Monday labeled three cities "anarchy" jurisdictions -- New York, Seattle and Portland, Oregon -- on orders from President Donald Trump, making good on the President's threat to withhold federal aid in response to prolonged civil unrest in those areas.

a man wearing a suit and tie: US President Donald Trump (R) and US Attorney General William Barr step off Air Force One upon arrival at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on September 1, 2020. © MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images US President Donald Trump (R) and US Attorney General William Barr step off Air Force One upon arrival at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on September 1, 2020.

The Democratic leaders in those cities have largely opposed federal intervention despite some rising crime rates, citing a desire to not escalate tensions.

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The Department of Justice has labeled three cities at " anarchist jurisdictions " following months of protests, riots and continued civil unrest over racism and police brutality. Officials said that leaders in New York City, Seattle , and Portland "have permitted violence and the destruction of property to

The Justice Department labeled New York City, Portland , Oregon, and Seattle , Washington “ anarchist jurisdictions ” on Sunday, the next step in the In a statement set to be released Monday and obtained by the New York Post, Barr accused the Portland , New York and Seattle lawmakers of

The announcement is overtly political and is certain to trigger legal challenges. Trump has frequently touted himself as the "law and order" candidate as he seeks reelection in the wake of the summer's demonstrations over racial justice, even though the overwhelming majority of the protests have been peaceful.

It's also notable that cities located in Wisconsin or Minnesota -- which have seen unrest this summer but are considered competitive in the presidential election -- are not included.

"When state and local leaders impede their own law enforcement officers and agencies from doing their jobs, it endangers innocent citizens who deserve to be protected, including those who are trying to peacefully assemble and protest," Attorney General William Barr said in a statement on Monday. "We cannot allow federal tax dollars to be wasted when the safety of the citizenry hangs in the balance. It is my hope that the cities identified by the Department of Justice today will reverse course and become serious about performing the basic function of government and start protecting their own citizens."

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New York City, Portland , and Seattle have been named “ anarchist jurisdictions ” by the US Department of Justice and now stand to lose federal funding for supposedly failing to quell recent riots and for defunding the police. “When state and local leaders impede their own law-enforcement officers

New York City, Portland , and Seattle have been named “ anarchist jurisdictions ” by the US Department of Justice and now stand to lose federal The “ anarchist jurisdictions ” designations stem from President Donald Trump’s earlier memo. On September 2, Trump ordered the department

In New York City, Barr said both Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo have "forcefully rejected federal law enforcement support" and has connected the uptick of shootings in July to the "looting and protests."

While the city of New York has acknowledged a 177% rise in shootings in July 2020 compared to July 2019, the monthly statistics report does not specify the reason for the spike.

"This is just another one of President Trump's games. Political. Not based in facts in the least. Insulting to people of NYC. Unconstitutional," de Blasio said during a news conference on Monday.

Jim Johnson, an attorney for the city of New York, said during the news conference that Trump does not have authority to "change the will of Congress" and is prepared to fight in court.

Cuomo also vowed on Monday to challenge the President's order. He said the state receives $7.4 billion in federal funding.

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On Monday, the Justice Department labeled New York City, Portland , Oregon, and Seattle as such areas. It said it was still working to identify other jurisdictions that meet the criteria outlined in Trump's memo. The president has made ridicule of those cities a regular feature of his campaign

The US Department of Justice labeled three cities, including New York City, an " anarchy " jurisdiction . (CNN) New Yorkers are weighing in on what they think it means to live in an " anarchist jurisdiction " after the Department of Justice labeled Manhattan, Portland and Seattle as such in a

In Portland, which has seen prolonged demonstrations for nearly three months, tensions were escalated over the summer when federal officers were deployed there over the wishes of the city's Democratic mayor.

"We don't need your politics of division and demagoguery," Wheeler wrote in an August 28 letter. "When you sent the Feds to Portland last month, you made the situation far worse. Your offer to repeat that disaster is a cynical attempt to stoke fear and distract us from the real work of our city."

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In Seattle, Barr said that Mayor Jenny Durkan has reported that there has been 525% increase of "person-related crime" in the area designated for protests near the city's capitol, yet, along with Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee, has "publicly rejected" federal involvement in law enforcement activities.

CNN has reached out to the offices of Wheeler, Brown and Durkan for comment.

In a statement, Inslee dismissed the move as a "shortsighted political stunt that will further erode public faith in the Trump administration."

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after the Justice Department labeled New York City and three other metro areas as " anarchist jurisdictions ," according to a leaked report in the New York Post. Portland , Oregon, and Seattle , Washington, were the two other cities identified as " anarchist jurisdictions " in a measure that was

Washington (CNN) The Justice Department on Monday labeled three cities " anarchy " jurisdictions -- New York , Seattle and Portland , Oregon -- on orders from President Donald Trump, making good on the President's threat to withhold federal aid in response to prolonged civil unrest in those areas.

"Trying to strip federal assistance is appalling at a time when Americans are struggling to pay rent and buy groceries because of the White House's abject failure to defeat COVID-19. The administration would rather deceive and divide through fear tactics than address the real crises families are facing right now," Inslee said.

In a September 2 memorandum, Trump said he would not allow federal funds to be "unduly wasted nor spent in a manner that directly violates our government's promise to protect life, liberty and property."

The list of jurisdictions will be updated periodically in consultation with the Secretary of Homeland Security and the Director of Office of Management and Budget.

Several constitutional law experts have told CNN that Trump's threat to deny federal funding has little legal backbone.

Donald Trump, Ted Wheeler are posing for a picture: President Donald Trump (left) and Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler (right) © Getty Images President Donald Trump (left) and Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler (right)

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