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Mayor Brandon Scott to meet with President Biden to discuss ways the administration is working to keep cities safe

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Posted at 5:47 PM, Jun 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-23 05:59:20-04

BALTIMORE — Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott will be meeting with President Joe Biden and U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland along with other stakeholders on Wednesday to discuss ways the Biden-Harris Administration is acting to keep cities and neighborhoods safe.

Other attendees include:

  • Mayor Steve Allender, Rapid City, SD
  • Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, Miami-Dade County, FL
  • Chief Murphy J. Paul, Jr., Baton Rouge, LA
  • DeVone Boggan, Founder and CEO of Advance Peace
  • Eddie Bocanegra, Senior Director at READI Chicago
  • Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal, New Jersey

Cal Harris, the spokesperson for Mayor Scott, said the mayor plans to discuss Baltimore’s efforts to curb violence including the city’s partnership with Everytown for Gun Safety.

Back in March, the city announced it would be launching a first-of-its-kind data intelligence tool to help track illegal guns coming into Baltimore. Everytown is an organization founded by former New York City Mayor and billionaire Michael Bloomberg.

The group helped Baltimore Police develop a portal that integrates data from the police department's E-Trace system, ballistic evidence and ShotSpotter information to trace the guns.

President Biden plans to announce today a partnership with federal law enforcement and local police departments to stem the rising tide of gun violence, which includes the Justice Department deploying so-called "strike forces" to crack down on illegal gun sales.

Those "strike forces" will be used in five cities considered to be major gun trafficking corridors, including Washington D.C.