Darrin James and Thomas Relford of FBI
William Callahan with DEA
George Lauder of ATF
U.S. Marshal Mark James, and
Gilbert Trill of HSI.
As I’m sure many of you know, these officers were investigating the shooting death of a UMKC student when the suspect opened fire & shot all three officers.
I wish that Officer Cartwright could be here as well—but we are certainly praying for him and thinking about him as he recovers from his injuries.
I’ve already sent 76 this year.
That’s two a week. That’s far too many.
Your work has not been easy. We had a couple of rising crime years recently, before the start of this administration.
Here in Kansas City, the violent crime rate went up by a third.
These numbers are deeply troubling--and especially since they represent a sharp reversal of decades of progress.
We must take these recent developments seriously and consider carefully what can be done about them. Yielding to these trends is not an option.
To do so, we will work with you reduce crime here in Missouri and across America – there is no other way.
We have a saying in my office that a new AUSA is 'the coin of the realm.' When we can eliminate wasteful spending, one of my first questions to my staff is how we can deploy more prosecutors to where they are needed.
We are hiring more than 300 new federal prosecutors—AUSAs—all across America. That includes nine in Missouri and four in this office. This is the largest surge in prosecutors in decades.
This is not just some theory. We know that it works. Just like we know a well-run community policing program works.
Every city and every district is facing a different set of circumstances and challenges. Western Missouri is different from Eastern Missouri.
First of all, to target and prioritize prosecutions on the most violent and most dangerous people in the most violent areas.
This PSN approach is already bearing fruit, including right here in Kansas City.
There are many more cases we could talk about. But the bottom line is this: when law enforcement officers work together, we get results.
This grant funding will help us carry out the President’s very first order to me when I was sworn in: enhance officer safety and back the men and women in blue.
***Here we go!***
Sadly, we’ve even seen activist judges try to stand in the way of the entire Executive Branch of the United States.
Not limited to the case or parties in front of them. Not limited to their judicial district. But everywhere.
It’s not as though there weren’t legal controversies before 1963. There were many. But nobody issued a nationwide injunction.
We’ve even had judges recalling a presidential stump speech made two years ago to psychoanalyze a lawfully drafted order.
In spite of our plaintiff friends in “the resistance,” the evidence is starting to come in that our efforts are bearing fruit.
Law enforcement is crime prevention. When we enforce our laws, we prevent new crimes from happening.
And with your help, that is what we are going to do.
The American people, the President and I properly support you. Keep up the good work thank you for having me here today.