Operation Legend: What federal agents will be focusing on in Detroit

DETROIT – US Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, Matthew Schneider spoke Wednesday about the plan to bring bring federal agents to Detroit.

He said the plan, which was originally announced by President Trump last week, has federal forces coming to Detroit to help with a rise in gun crimes.

“Let me be clear: there are no federal troops coming to Detroit or Michigan to interfere with protesters,” Schneider said.

The city of Detroit will be getting 44 ATF agents and 12 FBI agents -- some with permanent jobs, some temporary.

Local law enforcement will get about $1 million in federal grants to address gang and gun violence and $100,00 for gunshot detection technology called ShotSpotter.

“What is happening on the streets of Detroit has to end,” said James Deir, with ATF Detroit.

The reason, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, is that gun violence is on the rise in Detroit with some police precincts showing a 90% rise in homicides.

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