dglobalnews.com Trump says he is sending federal help to fight Chicago crime
Published: Sat, July 01, 2017
Global Media | By Cecelia Webb

Trump says he is sending federal help to fight Chicago crime

Trump says he is sending federal help to fight Chicago crime

During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump occasionally made mention of the gun violence Chicago continuously endures, and he said he would be the one to help reduce the city's murder rate by "send (ing) in the feds" in order "to fix the disgusting carnage".

A spokesperson for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was not impressed with the task force, telling the New York Times, "If the president was as interested in taking action on public safety as he is in tweeting about it, we would have seen these resources months ago".

The Chicago Sun-Times reported on Thursday that about 20 additional agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives had been sent to the city to combat gun violence. As of Thursday, 320 murders had been committed in Chicago this year, two less than at this same point in 2016.

Shortly after his inauguration, Trump tweeted "If Chicago doesn't fix the awful "carnage" going on, 228 shootings in 2017 with 42 killings (up 24% from 2016), I will send in the Feds!".

According to the Chicago Police Department, however, the number of shootings in 2017 so far is down compared to a year ago.

Never mind that the Chicago Police Department has earned a reputation as one of the most brutal and racist in the United States.

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Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions appeared to confirm Friday that the federal government is sending help, while decrying the crime epidemic on the city's streets.

"Murders are way, way too high", he said. Earlier in January, he posted, "If Mayor can't do it he must ask for Federal help!"

Though Chicago is not among the nation's most violent cities on a per capita basis, Trump has repeatedly singled out the city for its appalling gun violence statistics.

Chicago is among a number of so-called sanctuary cities, which provide some protection to illegal immigrants under laws that limit cooperation between local police and federal immigration authorities.

The team will include an additional 20 ATF agents, who arrived in early June, according to a city official, as well as Chicago police officers, IL state troopers, intelligence analysts and state and federal prosecutors. And he noted that dozens of additional ATF agents had "surged" into Chicago so far this year.

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