U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox, center, alongside Homeland Security Investigations’ Katherine Greer, left, and then-Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson in 2018.
The U.S. Department of Justice has been in a years-long fight to decrease violent gun crimes. And now, it’s targeting domestic violence abusers.
“With limited resources, how do we make the biggest impact with our gun crime laws?” Nealy Cox posed to reporter Hady Mawajdeh. “Time and time again, it came down to the nexus between gun crime, violent crime and domestic violence.”
Nealy Cox says she didn’t start with a mission to take on domestic violence.
But when she took over as U.S. Attorney for Northern Texas, violent crime was something that affected both rural and urban communities throughout the district.
“To a certain extent, our domestic violence cases are easier than our state partners’,” said Nealy Cox. “We do not have to rely on the victim.”
Possessing a gun after being charged with a misdemeanor, a felony or a protective order for domestic violence is illegal. So Nealy Cox says, “all we have to have are conviction documents and possession of a gun,” to put an abuser behind bars.
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Photo: Christopher Connelly, @keratx
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