Trump says he is sending federal help to quell Chicago violence

Trump says he is sending federal help to quell Chicago violence

President Trump to send federal help to Chicago to curb shooting epidemic

The formation of the "Chicago Crime Gun Strike Force" comes as President Trump on Friday in an early morning social media posting said he was "sending in Federal help" to the city - something he's promised repeatedly since his election.

He posted the news in a tweet.

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.

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. Despite the drop in shootings, murders have remained relatively flat compared to previous year.

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The president, who in January decried the high crime rate in the third most populous USA city as "carnage", did not specify what type of help he planned to send.

Trump's latest tweet said there have been 1,714 shootings in Chicago this year.

Authorities say a growing partnership between federal law enforcement and the Chicago Police Department already is paying off.

It will "significantly help our police officers stem the flow of illegal guns and create a culture of accountability" for the gangs that drive violence in the city, Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said in a statement. And this week, police officials said the A.T.F. was stationing a mobile ballistics lab in the city for part of the summer, the season when violence here traditionally peaks.

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"No child in America should have to walk the streets of their neighborhood in fear of violent criminals, and yet in Chicago, thousands of children do every day".

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

Sessions has faced criticism for not including Chicago on a list of cities that will receive guidance from the Department of Justice (DOJ) about long-term strategies to fight violence.

The team will include an additional 20 ATF agents, who arrived in early June, according to a city official, as well as Chicago police officers, IL state troopers, intelligence analysts and state and federal prosecutors. That federal help, it turns out, is in the form of 20 ATF agents.

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