President Donald Trump announced that he would be “sending in the feds” to Chicago, to help fight the city’s huge crime problem.
President Trump says that Chicago surpassed 1,714 shootings this year, though only about 300 were fatal.
Crime in Chicago has been a problem for years, with recent years outpacing the last. The crime rate has fallen in comparison to 2016, at least for the last few months.
The Daily Mail reports:
Emanuel spokesman Adam Collins told the Sun-Times: ‘Six months ago, we made it clear that we would welcome additional federal support, and six months later we appreciate the 20 new ATF agents that are now arriving.’
State police, intelligence analysts and state and federal prosecutors will target illegal guns and repeat gun offenders, Chicago police said.
Superintendent Eddie Johnson said in a statement Thursday night that ‘we are foundationally changing the way we fight crime in Chicago.’
Trump warned in January about Chicago’s high number of homicides, saying on Twitter that he is ready to ‘send in the Feds.’
Trump’s latest tweet said there have been 1,714 shootings in Chicago this year. The Sun-Times said its count showed 1,737 people have been shot in 2017, including 306 who died.
Both federal and state officials say they have been cooperating and will continue to cooperate to reduce Chicago’s crime rate.
State officials note that efforts are ongoing to reduce guns in the streets, and keep people from getting illegal guns.