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Feds arriving in NM to help fight violent crime

Federal agents have been partnering with local police for decades. For crime victims and people in law enforcement, it’s often welcomed because federal laws have a lot more teeth than state laws. This latest operation though, has become controversial “These are long-standing relationships that we’ve had with a primary goal of combating violent crime in Albuquerque,” said U.S. Attorney in the district of New Mexico John Anderson. He says he welcomes the additional help, with investigators coming to fight violent crime in New Mexico, especially Albuquerque that is one of the most violent cities in the nation. Some Albuquerque residents and leaders have expressed concerns that the agents coming here could be like the federal officers dispatched to Portland, Oregon. “I want to be absolutely clear that the events in Portland have nothing to do with the anti-violence initiative under operation legend going on in Albuquerque,” Anderson said. While many welcome the help here, some are skeptical like Congresswoman Deb Haaland. This week, she and other reps sent out a news release saying they opposed it. In the release, one lawmaker said they feared operation legend would unfairly harm people of color. KOAT asked Anderson about that. “A lot of the victims of gun violence are people of color and again our position is that no matter what anybody’s race or ethnic background those people are entitled to live in communities that are free of gun violence and that is our goal,” he said. He said the 35 additional agents will be partnering with local police to arrest the city and state’s most violent offenders.

Federal agents have been partnering with local police for decades. For crime victims and people in law enforcement, it’s often welcomed because federal laws have a lot more teeth than state laws. This latest operation though, has become controversial

“These are long-standing relationships that we’ve had with a primary goal of combating violent crime in Albuquerque,” said U.S. Attorney in the district of New Mexico John Anderson. He says he welcomes the additional help, with investigators coming to fight violent crime in New Mexico, especially Albuquerque that is one of the most violent cities in the nation.

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Some Albuquerque residents and leaders have expressed concerns that the agents coming here could be like the federal officers dispatched to Portland, Oregon.

“I want to be absolutely clear that the events in Portland have nothing to do with the anti-violence initiative under operation legend going on in Albuquerque,” Anderson said.

While many welcome the help here, some are skeptical like Congresswoman Deb Haaland. This week, she and other reps sent out a news release saying they opposed it. In the release, one lawmaker said they feared operation legend would unfairly harm people of color.

KOAT asked Anderson about that. “A lot of the victims of gun violence are people of color and again our position is that no matter what anybody’s race or ethnic background those people are entitled to live in communities that are free of gun violence and that is our goal,” he said.

He said the 35 additional agents will be partnering with local police to arrest the city and state’s most violent offenders.

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