Trump says he is sending federal help to fight Chicago crime

Fed up with an average of 9 shootings per day in Chicago President Donald Trump announced Friday that the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives is sending new help

Fed up with an average of 9 shootings per day in Chicago President Donald Trump announced Friday that the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives is sending new help

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

Following the official launch of the task force, Trump tweeted that federal help was needed to combat Chicago "epidemic" level of violence.

"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", Adam Collins, a spokesperson for Mayor Rahm Emanuel, said in an email.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has visited the White House repeatedly to beg for help in fighting gun violence
President Trump to send federal help to Chicago to curb shooting epidemic

Chicago police officials said the unit would focus on preventing illegally possessed guns from flowing through the city and on targeting people repeatedly involved in gun crimes, both of which have always been cited as drivers of the violence.

President Trump has often tweeted and spoken at rallies about violence in Chicago and has constantly threatened to send in federal authorities.

CNN was first to report earlier this year the formation of the team, which the ATF called in internal documents the "Chicago Crime Gun Strike Force".

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Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said in a statement that law enforcement is "foundationally changing the way we fight crime in Chicago", according to the AP.

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

Though the Chicago government and the city police have implemented a series of security measures, including beefing up the police force and buying back guns, not much has improved.

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"Murders are way, way too high", he said. Despite the drop in shootings, murders have remained relatively flat compared to past year. 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 has been criticized for calling Chicago a "war zone" and "totally out of control" despite not laying out a long-term vision for America's cities.

Sessions is also blaming spikes in violence on so-called sanctuary city policies.

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State police, intelligence analysts and state and federal prosecutors will target illegal guns and repeat gun offenders. Our federal partners from the US attorney's office, the ATF, the FBI need to be much more invested in this overall strategy.

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