According to a memorandum issued by President Trump on September 2, the Department of Justice has deemed New York City, Portland, and Seattle as “anarchist jurisdictions.” The memorandum was titled “Memorandum on Reviewing Funding to State and Local Government Recipients That Are Destructing Anarchy, Violence, and Destruction in American Cities.”
Criteria for city evaluation included: that area forbidding police from intervening to restore order amid widespread or sustained violence or destruction; whether that jurisdiction has withdrawn law enforcement from where they are entitled to access; if a jurisdiction disempowers or defunds police departments; if a jurisdiction unreasonable refuses to accept offers of law enforcement assistance form the Federal Government; and any other related factors as deemed appropriate by the Attorney General.
The website oultines each city and how it fits the criteria to be designated as an “anarchist jurisdiction.” From the memorandum, designated cities face threats of losing federal funding. Andrew Cuomo, New York Governor, did not take kindly to this designation and called it a political move and bashed President Trump and said that he has only played politics since the beginning. He said, “If they actually do this, we will challenge it legally, and they will lose once again.”
Attorney General William Barr said, “When state and local leaders impede their own law enforcement officers and agencies from doing their jobs, it endangers innocent citizens who deserve to be protected, including those who are trying to peacefully assemble and protest. We cannot allow federal tax dollars to be wasted when the safety of the citizenry hangs in the balance. It is my hope that the cities identified by the Department of Justice today will reverse course and become serious about performing the basic function of government and start protecting their own citizens.”
The memorandum says that the director of Office of Management and Budget has 30 days to create and issue guidance to federal agencies outlining the restrictions of eligibility for federal funding.
Sources: Justice Department, NBC New York; Photo-Daily Hive