U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst’s Statement on Jackson Police Department’s “Operation Unity”

(STL.News) –“Today, Jackson Police Department Chief James E. Davis announced JPD’s ‘Operation Unity’ to saturate the City of Jackson with state and local law enforcement over the next two weeks.  I was told about this operation on Friday by one of my federal prosecutors, and I called Chief Davis to advise him against telling criminals in advance about an upcoming law enforcement operation. Chief Davis did not answer nor return my phone call, so I sent him a letter yesterday, imploring him not to hold a press conference before such an operation, as it could put officers’ lives in danger and criminals would simply hide to avoid detection.”

“The U.S. Attorney’s Office will continue to work closely with JPD and our other partners in order to prosecute violent criminals in Jackson, as we have been doing for the last three years, under Project EJECT.  But I pray for our law enforcement and their safety over the next two weeks in Jackson, and I hope that future law enforcement operations will be conducted to have more meaningful, long-term effects.”

U.S. Attorney Hurst’s letter to Chief Davis is attached hereto.

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