Attorney General Jeff Sessions confirmed Tuesday that the FBI will “probably” act on the Baltimore Police Department’s request for a federal investigation into the November murder of Det. Sean Suiter.
Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis made the request more than 10 days ago on Dec. 1 and the FBI has yet to respond, despite acknowledging that they received the request the same day. Sessions appeared in Baltimore Tuesday with secretary of Homeland Security, Kirstjen M. Nielsen, to discuss his department’s new efforts to combat gang activity in the U.S., particularly MS-13. He commented on the potential FBI investigation during a press conference following his speech, though he ignored questions about when the FBI will make a formal answer.
“We’re always willing to cooperate as well as we can,” Sessions told reporters. “I’m sure the FBI will be considering that request and will probably be able to act on it with their initial decision.”
The investigation into Suiter’s murder is complicated by the fact that he was murdered one day before testifying against fellow police officers in a federal racketeering investigation against the BPD. Sessions said it is of the utmost importance that when prosecuting such a case, the FBI take great care to not criminalize the whole police department.
He went on to slam sanctuary cities like Baltimore for enacting policies which he argues inhibit law enforcement’s ability to protect citizens.
“We know MS-13 in the region here is responsible for a quite a number of the most brutal murders,” Sessions said. “I see no justification whatsoever for any city, any jurisdiction, any state, to take the view that someone who enters the country illegally and then commits some other crime should be protected from federal law to be deported. I feel very strongly about that.”
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