Trump says he's sending 'federal help' to stem Chicago violence

Trump says he's sending 'federal help' to stem Chicago violence

The formation of the "Chicago Crime Gun Strike Force" comes as President Trump on Friday in an early morning social media posting said he was "sending in Federal help" to the city - something he's promised repeatedly since his election.

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".

Per the Chicago Sun Times, Trump commanded 20 additional federal agents plus the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to head to Chicago in an effort to combat gun crime this Thursday.

Those ATF agents have joined a team with officers from the Chicago Police Department and the Illinois State Police that will use ballistics technology to solve crimes and get gun traffickers off the streets.

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

Trump in January infamously threatened to "send in the feds" to fix Chicago's "carnage".

DNAinfo has tracked 1,373 shooting in Chicago as of Friday, and 332 murders.

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

On Friday, Trump said via Twitter that he was sending federal help.

"The police have been demoralized in many ways", he said.

Joseph Ferguson, the city's inspector general, called on Chicago officials to agree to a consent decree to oversee changes to the department at a committee meeting on Tuesday - splitting with the mayor, who has said a court-enforced settlement is not necessary for reform. The 2016 homicide rate of 27.7 murders per 100,000 was the city's highest since the mid-1990s.

In February, shortly after Mr. Trump's inauguration, the A.T.F. announced that it would send more agents to Chicago.

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. And police, federal agents and prosecutors will reportedly target repeat gun offenders and illegal firearms.

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