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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks about crime to local, state and federal law enforcement officials Friday, March 31, 2017, in St. Louis. Today, in a meeting with the Organized Crime Council, Sessions said the Justice Department would crack down on violent gangs, including MS-13. (Photo: AP/Jeff Roberson)

Attorney General Jeff Sessions says the Justice Department will crack down on violent gangs.

“Under President Trump, the Justice Department has zero tolerance for gang violence,” Sessions told a meeting with federal law enforcement officials to discuss ways to combat organized crime.

Sessions on Tuesday called out one organization in particular, the MS-13 street gang, members of which are suspected in the killings of four people last week in Long Island. Sessions told the Organized Crime Council that gangs like MS-13 “represent one of the gravest threats to American safety.” 

He raised the murder a few days ago, believed to have been carried out by MS-13 members, of four young men, whose bodies were dumped in a park on Long Island, and he recalled the brutal murders last month of two teenage girls in Los Angeles, both killed with machetes and baseball bats.

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