A day after blaming guns and the pandemic for widespread looting and soaring crime rates, the White House pointed to its efforts to curb those problems.
Press secretary Jen Psaki said the Justice Department, the FBI, and federal law enforcement are working with local police to stem organized retail theft.
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"For example, in Los Angeles, we've seen a rash of robberies," she said. "The FBI is providing assistance to a multijurisdictional task force led by the LA police department."
Psaki provided the update unprompted Friday afternoon, saying it was a follow-up to a Thursday question about the high-profile crime wave. San Francisco will also get money to hire 50 more police officers through the Justice Department's COPS office, she added.
"That came amid nearly $150 million in similar grants nationwide," said Psaki.
On Thursday, the White House attributed the crime sprees to gun prevalence along with pandemic-related economic hardship. She called the virus a "root cause" of the problem.
Organized criminals have hit retail chains including Nordstrom, CVS, and Home Depot during the holiday shopping season. As many as 80 suspects snatched armloads of products from a San Francisco department store and sped away in more than 20 waiting cars last weekend.
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Biden proposed community policing program investments in his 2022 budget despite far-left Democrats calling on him to "defund" law enforcement agencies, according to Psaki. Biden wants to "keep cops on the beat," ensuring they collaborate with the communities they serve "to crack down on crime," she said Thursday.