MPD responds to deployment of federal agents in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) --The Milwaukee Police Department respectfully declined the deployment of federal agents providing support to address violent crime in Milwaukee.

Watch/read their full statement released Friday, July 24, below: 


Written statement:

"In May 2020, the Milwaukee Police Department joined U.S. Attorney Matthew Krueger, Mayor Tom Barrett and our federal partners to announce our partnership with Operation Relentless Pursuit to address violent crime, drug trafficking and the illegal use of firearms.

Operation Relentless Pursuit has since been renamed to Operation Legend after the tragic death of four-year-old LeGend Taliferro in Kansas City, Missouri in June 2020. Despite the name change, the focus of this operation remains the same and we remain committed to our partnership.

The Milwaukee Police Department is aware of the deployment of federal agents to other cities for the purpose of providing support to those local law enforcement agencies as they address their civil unrest. The Milwaukee Police Department respectfully declines the deployment of federal agents in Milwaukee for this purpose. We look forward to continuing to work with our federal partners on other joint initiatives such as those addressing violent crime, drug trafficking, internet crimes against children, and human trafficking."
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