DETROIT (AP) — Federal agents being sent to Detroit by the Trump administration will be helping local authorities fight violent crime and won’t be interfering with protests against racism or excessive force by police, the region’s top federal prosecutor said Wednesday.

U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider dismissed as “irresponsible rhetoric” any suggestion that the government wants to quash dissent in Michigan, seeking to allay fears that they would have a role similar to the one agents have had at protests in Portland, Oregon, in recent weeks. Instead, he stressed that they would be helping local law enforcement combat a rise in violent crime in Detroit.

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