Trump sends 20 additional federal agents to Chicago to battle gun violence

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson arrives at a news conference in Chicago Illinois the US

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson arrives at a news conference in Chicago Illinois the US

In February, shortly after Mr. Trump's inauguration, the A.T.F. announced that it would send more agents to Chicago.

US President Donald Trump has chose to send federal troops to Chicago to help fight street violence and drug trafficking. "He is here to help people". So far this year, there have been 320 homicides compared to 322 by this time last year, according to the police department. The number of murders was more than New York City and Los Angeles combined.

Trump said there have been "1714 shootings in Chicago this year!" but the number is actually higher, according to data kept by the Tribune.

Through Friday, 1,360 shootings had been reported in the city, about 200 fewer than during the same period in 2016.

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

The new Chicago agents will use the bureau's gun tracking technology to solve crimes and track illegal weapons, officials said.

Trump's remark on Twitter came ahead of an announcement by Chicago police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives about the formation of the Chicago Crime Gun Strike Force.

"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", Collins said in an email.

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.

Chicago police work at the scene of a shooting that killed multiple people on the Chicago Skyway early Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in Chicago.

We need to have more federal gun prosecutions in Chicago.

"And I am confident in Celinez Nunez, the new Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago office of ATF, who has experienced the tragic consequences of gang violence firsthand". A specially-equipped mobile van that can process bullets and shell casings will help the task force investigators build cases against shooters and gun dealers, ATF spokesman Dave Coulson told the Sun-Tmes.

In response to questions about Ferguson's comments, Emanuel told reporters on Wednesday that the Justice Department has "walked away" from doing consent decrees, and so the city has sought a different strategy.

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