The Associated Press reported:If Chicago doesn't fix the horrible "carnage" going on, 228 shootings in 2017 with 42 killings (up 24% from 2016), I will send in the Feds!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2017
CHICAGO -- A day after President Donald Trump declared he was ready to "send in the Feds" if Chicago can't reduce its homicides, Mayor Rahm Emanuel warned against deploying the National Guard, saying it would hurt efforts to restore trust in the police.
Trump offered no details on what kind of federal intervention he was suggesting or if it could involve troops, but the mayor cautioned that using the military could make matters worse.
"We're going through a process of reinvigorating community policing, building trust between the community and law enforcement," the mayor told reporters Wednesday. Sending troops "is antithetical to the spirit of community policing."
He said he welcomed federal help battling "gangs, guns and drugs."From the Chicago Sun-Times:
Nobody knows what President Donald Trump meant when he threatened to “send in the Feds” if Mayor Rahm Emanuel can’t stop the “carnage” on Chicago streets, but if it means National Guard troops patrolling the streets of Chicago, everybody here seems dead-set against the idea.Dumb.
"Nobody knows" but let's speculate that "it means National Guard troops patrolling the streets of Chicago."
On Friday, Trump delivered. He had talked to Mayor Emanuel both before the tweet and after. Years ago, the mayor had feuded Trump over the size of the sign on Trump Tower.
But apparently they put Chicago ahead of their personal feelings. Trump sent 20 extra feds -- ATF agents -- to Chicago.
From the Washington Times:
The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is weighing plans to put additional agents to Chicago in an effort to curb the Windy City’s violent crime surge, a senior agent acknowledged Saturday.
“ATF is exploring various options as we are committed to furthering law enforcement efforts in Chicago,” David Coulson, a senior agent at the ATF’s Chicago field office, told USA Today.
“One of those options is to send additional agents to Chicago on permanent transfers,” he added, though no plans yet yet to be finalized, the newspaper reported.
The agent’s acknowledgment came on the heels of CNN reporting Friday that the ATF plans to deploy approximately 20 agents to Chicago in a bid to “beef up” the federal presence there, citing two federal law enforcement officials familiar with the plans.
“We have received no word from the federal government to confirm these reports, but it would be welcome news if the administration has indeed agreed to one of Mayor Emanuel’s requests for federal resources,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office told CNN on Friday.I said nine days ago, this would be what happened. No military troops. Just law enforcement.
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