Psaki: Biden Administration ‘Aggressively Using Every Resource at Our Disposal’ to Combat Smash-and-Grab Robberies

By Melanie Arter | December 14, 2021 | 4:28pm EST
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki speaks during the daily briefing in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC on November 29, 2021. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki speaks during the daily briefing in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC on November 29, 2021. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) – White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday that the Biden administration is “monitoring” the recent spate of smash and grab robberies at retailers in major U.S. cities, and it is “aggressively using every resource at our disposal.”

Fox News White House Correspondent Peter Doocy asked, “Following up on something that you said yesterday, when you say that we’ve seen an increase in crime over the course of the pandemic, there are a range of reasons for that, would you consider one of the reasons in the range, prosecutors who are cutting people who are accused of many criminal offensives loose too quickly?”

PSAKI: Again, I am not as I wasn't yesterday, going to give an assessment for every motivation or reason for crime in different communities across the country. What I've noted, what you see in data, is that there has been an increase in crime since the start of the pandemic. I will let others assess what the reason for that increase in crime is. That is all I was conveying yesterday.

DOOCY: There are some reports that these smash and grab robberies are being organized on social media platform. Is the administration doing anything about that?  

PSAKI: Well, we are monitoring of course these thefts very closely, as we’ve talked about a bit in here. The videos and reports we’re seeing are very troubling. Our state and local law enforcement partners have primary jurisdiction over break-ins and robberies of this kind, but I can say we’re aggressively using every resource at our disposal. In terms of how they’re being organized or orchestrated, we’d really refer to you our law enforcement authorities, FBI, DOJ and other local authorities on that. 

DOOCY: The reason that I asked. You are not afraid to call out social media companies when you thought they were a platform for COVID disinformation. You said that that was a public health matter. Why not call them out for this? Do you not consider this a public health matter? 

PSAKI: We believe that there should be investigations that should occur to determine the origin and what prompted any of these thefts, and so we've offered the FBI and DOJ are in contact with affected jurisdictions to offer assistance with investigation including and identifying how these incidents are planned and organized, and certainly we don't believe any platform should be used to conduct robbery or theft. 

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