The Associated Press
Updated: July 29, 2020 10:18 PM
Created: July 29, 2020 07:42 AM
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Attorney John C. Anderson is defending a decision to deploy 35 more federal agents to Albuquerque to address violent crime, urging the city’s Democratic mayor to embrace the effort.
A letter to Mayor Tim Keller Tuesday reiterated that the new agents will augment existing federal task forces in Albuquerque and not target protests.
Keller responded to Anderson's letter. In a statement, he said, ""We asked the U.S. Attorney to give us assurances in writing about Operation Legend, and we got them for our city."
President Donald Trump and U.S. Attorney General William Barr announced last week the new law enforcement deployment, with assurances it would not involve agents in tactical gear like those used to confront protesters in Portland, Oregon.
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