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Arizona Daily Star
October 21, 2017

As assaults on federal agents rise, so do prosecutions
By Curt Prendergast

Customs officers at ports of entry reported 39 assaults from the start of October 2016 to the end of August 2017, down from 56. Attorney General Jeff Sessions took aim at assaults on federal officers when he directed prosecutors to make them a “top priority” during an April 11 speech in Nogales. “If someone dares to assault one of our folks in the line of duty, they will do federal time for it,” Sessions said. And prosecutions of those assaults in Arizona are rising, according to Justice Department records compiled by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse from Syracuse University. The 48 new prosecutions of assaults on federal officers in Arizona during the first 11 months of fiscal 2017 was up from 34 in each of the two previous fiscal years.

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