Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday announced the names of 12 cities that will be added to the Department of Justice’s National Public Safety Partnership and receive federal assistance in fighting crime.
A spokesperson for the DOJ explained that the cities selected had “levels of violence that far exceed the national average” and had demonstrated “a commitment to reducing violent crime” and a readiness “to receive the intensive training and technical assistance available.”
— POLITICO (@politico) June 20, 2017
What that means exactly is a bit of a mystery, and it leaves plenty of room for conspiracy theories as to why certain cities weren’t selected.
These are cities getting assistance from DOJ to combat violent crime. No Chicago, St Louis, Baltimore, Detroit pic.twitter.com/za1GG3RmO5
— Jayne Miller (@jemillerwbal) June 20, 2017
The whitest fucking cities in America
— bone thotty (@rooftoppp) June 20, 2017
Not true, there are huge AA communities in each city. I think the problem lies in what “help” means…like stop and frisk help? Fuck that…
— Luke Mac (@LTMac61) June 20, 2017
12 backwards cities to further the Sessions brand of justice, circa 1950.
— James G (@JamesSoCalIE) June 20, 2017
Did all these cities go for Trump and that’s why they were picked?
— FuzzyBunny (@PharoahFuzzyB) June 20, 2017
Are any of these so-called “Sanctuary Cities” or did they purposely avoid those?
— Cyrus Toulabi (@CyrusToulabi) June 20, 2017
Cities that have played an outsized role in the recent uptick in violent crime are absent from the DOJ’s Public Safety Partnership. It’s BS
— Coogi Mane (@bruceleland) June 20, 2017
— Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) June 20, 2017
DOJ providing assistance to 12 small, red cities claiming spike in violent crime; cities w/ major spikes absent https://t.co/ZuOVrfFlRu
— Madeleine Elkins (@MadeleineElkins) June 20, 2017
We wouldn’t necessarily call Houston “small” or particularly white, but what do we know? For what it’s worth, Baltimore’s police commissioner was surprised his city wasn’t chosen.
Baltimore left off list of a dozen cities getting extra DOJ help, police commissioner “surprised.” https://t.co/owmj1YrEOT
— WBAL News Now (@WBALNewsNow) June 20, 2017
— Baltimore Police (@BaltimorePolice) June 20, 2017
The Office of Justice Programs did issue a map showing which cities were selected for the Public Safety Partnership, along with cities that will be grandfathered in as part of the Obama administration’s Violence Reduction Network initiative; still no Baltimore, though.
— OJP (@OJPgov) June 20, 2017
President Trump caused quite a commotion in January when he tweeted that he’d “send in the Feds” if Chicago didn’t do something to fix the carnage in that city, and some are glad to be left of the DOJ’s list.
Oh God no….
— Losar1 (@StevenDLindsey) June 20, 2017
Poor cities. Stay tuned
— The Last Prophet (@QuevedoHank) June 20, 2017
This is about filling for-profit prisons. Nothing more.
— Mark Ian Kendrick (@MarkIKendrick) June 20, 2017
No thanks. I don’t want your help, Mr Sessions. Keep your brute squad away.
— Professor Tripp (@proftripp) June 20, 2017
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This is bad … how? Newsweek notes Trump has rankled Chicago’s criminals and academics https://t.co/Xjg0HYEzdZ
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) January 26, 2017