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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Minnesota

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 3, 2020

Update On Twin Cities Violent Crime Task Force

On July 8, 2020, United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald announced the formation of a new Twin Cities Violent Crime Task Force (Task Force) in response to an extraordinary spike in gun violence and violent crime across the Twin Cities. The Task Force brought together Minnesota-based federal, state and local law enforcement resources to investigate, arrest, and prosecute individuals responsible for gun violence in our communities. Over the last 60 days, as a result of the efforts of the Task Force and its partner agencies, more than 156 illegal firearms have been taken off the streets and at least 22 individuals have been charged with federal firearms violations and related federal crimes such as robbery and carjacking. In addition, at least 19 individuals have been charged in state court. Operating out of a centralized command center, hosted first by FBI and then by the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, Task Force members have participated in daily briefings, shared information in real-time, and leveraged immediate access to data and intelligence analysis. Moving forward into the fall and winter, the collaborative efforts and interagency resources brought to bear by federal, state, and local partners will continue through a virtual platform. U.S. Attorney MacDonald remains steadfast in her commitment to make our streets safe by stemming the tide of gun violence.

The public may report tips by calling 1-800-CALLFBI (800-225-5324) or submit pictures and/or videos at www.fbi.gov/violence.

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Topic(s): 
Project Guardian
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Community Outreach
Violent Crime
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Updated September 3, 2020