Published: Sat, July 01, 2017
World Media | By Joan Schultz

Chicago Police and Federal Agents to Team Up on Gun Violence

Chicago Police and Federal Agents to Team Up on Gun Violence

Trump tweeted Friday morning that "Crime and killings in Chicago have reached such epidemic proportions that I am sending in Federal help".

During an interview Friday morning on Fox News, Kellyanne Conway claimed that she had not yet had an opportunity to discuss the subject of the tweet with the president.

But on Thursday, 20 agents with the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were sent to Chicago to bolster the staff of 120 already in the city, according to the Chicago Sun Times.

Though Chicago police and federal agents have long cooperated on gun investigations, the new task force plans to employ additional technology and rapid response capabilities to shooting scenes.

Last year was the most violent in Chicago for the past 20 years.

His announcement aligns with previous tweets in which he called the city's murder rate "record setting" and the situation "totally out of control", noting if the "horrible "carnage" didn't subside, he'd "send in the Feds!".

Trump said there have been "1714 shootings in Chicago this year!" but the number is actually higher, according to data kept by the Tribune.

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"This new strike force will significantly help our police officers stem the flow of illegal guns and create a culture of accountability for the small subset of individuals and gangs who disproportionally drive violence in our city", Mr. Johnson said.

Adam Collins, spokesman for Mayor Rahm Emanuel, said the city wants federal help.

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.

"The police have been demoralized in many ways", he said. It is critical for the people of Chicago's public safety that we begin to work together here and deport violent criminals that have been convicted.

"The Trump Administration will not let the bloodshed go on; we can not accept these levels of violence".

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. Our federal partners from the USA attorney's office, the ATF, the FBI need to be much more invested in this overall strategy.

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