Trump tweets he's sending in federal help for Chicago's gun 'epidemic'

Trump tweets he's sending in federal help for Chicago's gun 'epidemic'

Trump tweets he's sending in federal help for Chicago's gun 'epidemic'

The Trump administration has sent federal help to Chicago to help it fight street violence and drug trafficking.

Trump has repeatedly pointed to the bloodshed in Chicago, weighing in during the campaign and since taking office.

State police, intelligence analysts and state and federal prosecutors will target illegal guns and repeat gun offenders, Chicago police said.

Chicago Police Department officials planned a news conference Friday afternoon to announce the permanent expansion of the Chicago bureau of the Department of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said. At different points, he has said Chicago would solve all its crime problems by letting police get "very much tougher" than they are now, and called for "stop-and-frisk" policies - in which police are able to stop and search anyone they deem suspicious - to be enforced in black communities across the nation. "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".

Just four days after his inauguration, Trump tweeted that he would "send in the Feds" if Chicago didn't reduce the "horrible "carnage" going on". Despite the drop in shootings, murders have remained relatively flat compared to past year. The number of shootings cited by the president is slightly less than that of this time previous year when there were 1,790 reported shootings, according to the Chicago Tribune.

On Friday, the President tweeted again that crime in Chicago has "reached such epidemic proportions that I am sending in Federal help". There were more than 4,300 shooting victims in the city a year ago, according to police.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has visited the White House repeatedly to beg for help in fighting gun violence

Through Friday, 1,360 shootings had been reported in the city, about 200 fewer than during the same period in 2016.

Additional federal support to Chicago has been in the works for several months, according to police officials.

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

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office said an additional 20 ATF agents have been sent to Chicago. They join 41 ATF agents already in Chicago.

Chicago is also in the midst of reforming its police department after a federal investigation found officers routinely violated the civil rights of people, citing excessive force and racially discriminatory conduct.

It was not immediately clear whether the announcement Friday will come with additional federal agents or a reorganization of existing resources.

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