• Jeff Sessions to visit Memphis

    By: Greg Coy

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    MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The top prosecutor in the United States, Jeff Sessions, will visit Memphis Thursday morning. 

    As we first reported on Wednesday, Session will focus his meeting with local officials about efforts to combat violent crime and restore public safety. 

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    "What the federal government can do to reduce crime in the City of Memphis," said Mayor Jim Strickland.

    The Department of Justice has identified Memphis as a city with a violent crime problem. 

    U.S. Attorney Jeff Sessions will meet state and local law enforcement to lay out his vision on how the Department of Justice can help.

    But in that meeting, Mayor Jim Strickland will request more federal help with multi-agency gang unit. 

    The mayor told FOX13, "We'd like the federal involvement to increase. We don't know if that is money or manpower, one or the other."

    Mayor Strickland said he is curious to hear the details about Sessions directive to his prosecutors to seek the harshest penalty for violent criminals, gang members, and drug dealers. 

    "To me if somebody shoots, stabs, or attacks someone they need to serve most of the time they are sentenced too."

    The Memphis Police Association hopes the mayor asks Session to relax the rules on federal funding to hire more police officers. 

    Currently a city can't apply for grant money to hire officers if it is below its normal compliment which is the case in Memphis. 

    Strickland will tell the Attorney General the city is working on its on fix. 

    "We have good plans that are based on national models and best practices. We just need more resources," said Mayor Strickland.  

    A protest is also planned outside City Hall at 9 a.m. The Official Black Lives Matter Memphis group, Mid-South Peace and Justice Center, Coalition of Concerned Citizens, NAACP, Memphis Grassroots Organizations Coalition, TN Democratic Party, Standing Up for Racial Justice, and several other groups will protest Sessions' visit. 


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