Federal agents deployed in three US cities over spike in crime

WION Web Team
New Delhi Published: Jul 29, 2020, 09:15 PM(IST)

Department of Homeland Security police officers on guard Photograph:( AFP )

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n a statement announcing the move, Attorney General Bill Barr said all three Democratic-run cities "have seen disturbing increases in violent crime, particularly homicides."

United States President Donald Trump's administration announced on Wednesday that it is expanding a controversial deployment of federal agents to three more US cities -- Cleveland, Detroit and Milwaukee -- to tackle a spike in crime, reported AFP. 

In a statement announcing the move, Attorney General Bill Barr said all three Democratic-run cities "have seen disturbing increases in violent crime, particularly homicides."

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Trump's administration previously ordered a "surge" of federal agents into Chicago and Albuquerque, compounding public anger at the deployment of federal troops to Portland, where they have clashed with demonstrators for several weeks.

Trump recently dispatched federal agents to Portland, Oregon, where the protests are currently on.

These civilian-looking officers arrested people and unleashed violence, according to reports.

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None of them were wearing a uniform, which has caused a furore among activists.

Trump recently announced a "surge" of federal agents to crime hotspots including Chicago, following an increase in violence in the nation's third-largest city.

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