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RT America: Trump pledges 'federal help' to stop violent crime in Chicago

Chicago Police Department Superintendent Eddie Johnson speaks during a news conference in Chicago. Chicago police federal agents and prosecutors plan to announce Friday June Trump says he is sending federal help to quell Chicago violence
Sammy Stanley | 01 July, 2017, 00:32

The president said on Twitter that he's "sending in Federal help" as crime and killings have reached "epidemic proportions".

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.

The Strike Force became operational June 1, 2017, and consists of 20 additional permanent ATF special agents, 6 intelligence research specialists, 12 task force officers from the Chicago Police Department (CPD), 2 task force officers from the Illinois State Police, and 4 NIBIN specialists (National Integrated Ballistics Information Network).

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. " shortly after his January inauguration to fix the "horrible "carnage" going on".

The press release from the police department had few details.

Chicago had 762 homicides last year, more than the combined gun-related death toll in NY and Los Angeles, the only two larger American cities, and the number of shootings has remained high this year.

"We are foundationally changing the way we fight crime in Chicago", Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said in a statement on Friday.

In fact, earlier this week, officials announced that the ATF had loaned the city a van outfitted with ballistic testing equipment to help police more quickly solve gun crimes.

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. Chicago police said Friday there has been a 14% drop in violent crime overall in the city compared to last year - with the two most violent districts seeing a 33% drop in violent crime - and there have been 234 less people shot this year.

Adam Collins, spokesman for Mayor Rahm Emanuel, said the city wants federal help. Also, there have been 1,360 shooting incidents so far this year - 224 less than were reported during the same period in 2016. "They need to not be a sanctuary city, they need to be protecting the people of Chicago from violent criminals".

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