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US Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks in Macon on curbing violence

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaking in Macon on violence/Danielle Apolinar (WGXA)

UPDATE 1 P.M.

MACON, Ga. -- US Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke in Macon Thursday around noon about efforts to curb violence, as well as to voice his support for local law enforcement.

WATCH FULL SPEECH HERE

“We want to support you in your work," Sessions said. "Not to dictate, but to serve together.”

Sessions said he wants federal forces to continue joining forces with local law enforcement. He added that the President Donald Trump administration backs their work.

"We know what side we're on -- we're on the side of law enforcement," he said.

Sessions stressed the importance of targeting armed career criminals.

He said there's an issue of some of these criminals being released early. He added that this leads to a high recidivism (repeat arrests) rate.

"I wish things were better and we could be more effective," he said.

Sessions says the Department of Justice will grant $3.3 billion to victim services programs throughout the US, adding Georgia will get more than $100 million of that.

WGXA will have coverage of Sessions' visit all day. Check back here for updates throughout the day and follow reporter Danielle Apolinar on Twitter for all the latest.

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UPDATE 11:30 A.M.

MACON, Ga. -- US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has arrived in Macon to speak about efforts to curb violence. Watch it live here:

WGXA will have coverage of Sessions' visit all day. Check back here for updates throughout the day and follow reporter Danielle Apolinar on Twitter for all the latest.

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ORIGINAL STORY 9:30 A.M.

MACON, Ga. -- Protesters took to the streets of downtown Macon Thursday morning as US Attorney General Jeff Sessions is set to visit Macon around 11:30 a.m. He is expected to talk about efforts to curb violence.

Also, officials say every road is blocked around the federal building at 300 Mulberry Street downtown.

The group heading the protest is called Georgia Women. They're calling it a "Deport Sessions Rally," saying, Sessions' "anti-family policies are not welcome here. As a community, we need to show up in opposition to his xenophobic and divisive rhetoric."

It began at 8:30 a.m. and lasted until 10 a.m.

In a release from the Macon U.S. Attorney' Office, Attorney General Sessions will deliver remarks on efforts to combat violent crime in America.

WGXA will have coverage of Sessions' visit all day. Check back here for updates throughout the day and follow reporter Danielle Apolinar on Twitter for all the latest.



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