FBI Makes 6,000 Arrests Seizes Firearms In Summer-Long Operation

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Crime is and has been on the rise in the United States.

The average murder rate across the United States hit 6.9 murders per 100,000 people in 2021, or the highest figure it’s been in more than 20 years. Drug overdose deaths, at the same time, have spiked to more than 107,000 nationwide in 2021, setting an all-time record, according to federal data.

Why is this happening?

One issue is bail.

Critics have said that Democrat-sponsored policies targeting bail reform have allowed repeat offenders back on the streets.

For instance, New York state changed its bail laws in response to the outcry over prisoners accused of minor crimes being held in jail for extended periods while awaiting trial because they couldn’t afford to pay bail.

But some law enforcement officials warned that those arrested for crimes released back to the streets would commit new crimes, which does seem to be happening.

A record-setting spate of homicides in Albuquerque has ratcheted up pressure on New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, including from some fellow Democrats.

The first-term governor has joined efforts to ban pretrial release for certain violent crimes, though some legislators in her own party have balked at rolling back reforms that largely ended money bail.

Another link in the chain of rising crime would be the areas who defunded police.

In 2021, The Guardian reported on cities who had decided to defund their law enforcement departments and officers.

“More than 20 major cities have reduced their police budgets in some form, an unprecedented trend, though the scale and circumstances vary dramatically.

The activists who have long campaigned to take money from U.S. police are now fighting to ensure that the initial cuts are only the start – and that a growing backlash from law enforcement, elected officials and some community groups does not derail their progress.”

During the Covid 19 pandemic, public health was held as a reason to redistribute budget money, and come high profile deaths of criminals cast light on police reform.

The Guardian continued, “‘Public Health and public safety are at the heart of this, said Chris the criminal justice director at Texas Appleseed, a local not-for-profit in Austin, Texas. ‘When we take policing away, we are actually filling that void with alternatives that we know are going to help.'”

New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Baltimore and a dozen other cities reduced police spending during 2020 and 2021.

Last spring The Hill reported that Chicago has seen a 36 per cent increase in overall crime since the last year.

Last spring the Seattle Times reported that Police Chief Adrian Diaz told the Seattle City Council, “We’ve had over a 95% increase in more shot fired, with a 171% increase in people being shot compared to last year. And last year was one of the highest years we’ve had on record.”

Meanwhile, while the country is suffering such increases in crime, federal law enforcement has been in the news regarding various unethical practices.

The recent FBI raid on the Florida home of former President Donald Trump has bourn no fruit against Trump, and the investigation into the events of Jan 6 at the Capitol building, although focused on blaming Trump, have also not resulted in proving the former president was at fault.

Now the FBI is now making statements about its successful operations.

The FBI, which has faced increasing criticism about its targeting of former President Donald Trump and his supporters, said that its agents and local law enforcement officials arrested nearly 6,000 alleged violent criminals and gang members, Epoch Times reports.

It also seized more than 2,700 firearms connected to criminal conduct.

Those operations were carried out in California, Texas, Hawaii, Illinois, New Mexico, Washington, Pennsylvania, and Puerto Rico.

The cities that were noted for defunding of police are not in that list, however, except for Pennsylvania.

FBI agents arrested about 6,000 alleged violent criminals across the United States over the past four months and have seized more than 2,700 firearms and large quantities of fentanyl, the bureau announced Tuesday.

“Violent crime is on the minds of a lot of Americans right now and top of mind for police chiefs and sheriffs, who constantly tell me that the rising rate of gun and gang violence is one of their most important and difficult challenges,” FBI Director Christopher Wray said in a video message about the operation.

“The Los Angeles Metropolitan Task Force on Violent Gangs arrested 28 members and associates of the South Los Angeles-based Eastside Playboys street gang for alleged federal racketeering, firearms, and narcotics charges,” the FBI said in providing an example.

“The task force seized approximately 47 firearms, almost 200 kilograms of methamphetamine, 27 kilograms of cocaine, more than 13 kilograms of fentanyl, and more than seven kilograms of heroin.”

The agency also said its gang task force executed 16 federal search warrants targeting prison and street gangs around Albuquerque, New Mexico.

They ” seized more than one million fentanyl pills, 142 pounds of methamphetamine, 37 firearms, nine ballistic vests, two hand grenades, and $1.8 million in cash,” the bureau said.

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