Trump's 'feds' now in Chicago to fight gun violence, report says

Trump says he is sending federal help to quell Chicago violence

"The Trump Administration will not let the bloodshed go on; we can not accept these levels of violence".

"This is a man who said his first duty is the safety and security of all Americans".

The President threatened to send in help early in his administration after months of campaigning against crime in Chicago and other major cities. "He is here to help people". As of Thursday, 320 murders had been committed in Chicago this year, two less than at this same point in 2016. The number of murders was more than New York City and Los Angeles combined.

Trump has tweeted about Chicago in the past, in January he said, "If Chicago doesn't fix the terrible "carnage" going on, 228 shootings in 2017 with 42 killings (up 24% from 2016), I will send in the Feds!".

In 2013, the then-businessman and TV personality labelled the Midwestern city a "shooting disaster" and called for a non-optional "stop and frisk" policing system to be implemented.

CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office says the city welcomes the 20 additional federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms who have been sent to help combat the city's rampant gun violence.

Turkey says it retaliated to 'harassing' YPG fire in northern Syria
Reports stated that the letter pledges that the USA will take back the weapons supplied once the joint operation is over. Mattis said the USA has made it clear all along that, "we're going to equip them for the fight.

Sessions said the anti-crime policies in Chicago have not worked and police "have been demoralized in many ways".

The idea of a new strike force was reportedly born last November, and in March, a police official met with Attorney General Jeff Sessions in Washington, D.C.to discuss how to proceed.

Superintendent Eddie Johnson said in a statement Thursday night that "we are foundationally changing the way we fight crime in Chicago".

"The goal is the prosecute as many of these guys as possible federally where they will serve longer prison terms", Anthony Riccio, head of the Chicago Police Department's organized crime unit, told the newspaper. The Chicago Sun-Times reports 20 additional ATF agents have been sent to 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.

The police department said it would welcome help from the newly formed team.

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