MILWAUKEE (AP) — U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions says he’s assigning two additional federal prosecutors to the Milwaukee office to focus on violent crime.
Sessions was at the U.S. Attorney’s office in Milwaukee Monday to make the announcement. Sessions said Milwaukee is not immune to rising violent crime. He cited sexual assaults increasing 21 percent in two years, assaults up nine percent and murders up 57 percent.
WTMJ-AM reports Milwaukee’s murder rate climbed higher than the national average between 2014 and 2016. In 2014 there were 14.3 murders for every 100,000 citizens and by 2016 that rate had risen to 25.9 murders for every 100,000 residents.
Sessions has been traveling to different cities to talk about violent crime. He’s scheduled to appear in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday.