Feds crack down on violence and guns in parts of Detroit

DETROIT (AP) — Authorities announced a summer crime crackdown in parts of Detroit on Monday, pledging to bring felons caught with guns to federal court where jail sentences are typically longer than before. a state court.

U.S. Attorney Dawn Ison said her prosecutors will focus on the city’s 8th and 9th Precincts and make decisions on the charges quickly, working closely with Detroit police and federal agents.

“As temperatures rise, so does violence. … In addition to a few violent actors, there are also very small areas that contribute to most of the violence in our communities,” Ison said.

She said the mass shootings in the United States, which have dominated recent headlines, are “horrific” but “there is still more urban violence than mass shootings”.

A criminal caught with a firearm can face up to 10 years in federal prison. Crimes committed with firearms can carry even harsher penalties.

Mayor Mike Duggan welcomed help in the city of 639,000 people. He said the number of shooting deaths in Detroit is down 25% from a year ago “but that doesn’t sound like a celebration.”

Duggan noted the weekend death of an 11-year-old girl who was dancing at her grandmother’s house when she was hit by stray gunfire from outside the house.

“Just insane,” Chief Constable James White said. “Irresponsible gun ownership, irresponsible use of a weapon – it’s of epidemic proportions right now in our country and in our city.”

Neighborhood activist Sandra Turner-Handy said the girl’s death occurred in an area that was now attracting the attention of law enforcement.

“It is time to start saving our people in this city. It’s time to stop crying with the chief all the time about our slaughtered babies,” Turner-Handy said.


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