Cleveland mayor and police chief: No federal troops coming into city

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CLEVELAND (WJW)– Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and Police Chief Calvin Williams said no federal troops are coming to the city after an announcement from the White House about expanded efforts to combat violence.

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump said the U.S. Department of Justice is sending more than 200 federal officers to Kansas City and more than 300 to Chicago under Operation Legend. The Justice Department planned to expand the initiative to Cleveland, Detroit and Milwaukee over the next three weeks, according to the White House on Wednesday.

During a news conference on Friday, Jackson and Williams said it is their understanding this is part of Operation Relentless Pursuit, which was launched in Cleveland earlier this year as a local and federal law enforcement partnership.

“We’re in the same status we are today that we were last week or last month,” Jackson said. “There are, in my understanding, no additional people coming.”

“No additional resources, as far as personnel, coming into Cleveland,” Williams echoed.

Williams, who has a meeting with the Justice Department later on Friday, said the federal agents have been here. They are in Cleveland as investigators to assist local law enforcement, and not here for any protest or First Amendment activities, the chief said.

“(We) Will never, ever put the citizens of this city in harm’s way with enforcement efforts,” Williams said. “As a matter of fact, the mayor has spent all his time as mayor and I’ve spent all my time as chief fighting against that to make sure there is professional, respectful and and constitutional services delivered to the people of this city, and we’ll accept nothing less than that from our officers or anybody else who comes into this city to assist us.”

According to the mayor, they learned of the President’s announcement in news reports.

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