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Trump sends the Feds into Chicago to fight gun violence ‘epidemic’

July 1, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Trump sends the Feds into Chicago to fight gun violence ‘epidemic’

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Months after Trump took to Twitter to assert that he would send in “the Feds” to help combat the spiraling murder rate in Chicago, Trump’s administration has deployed the federal government to fight the ongoing violence occurring in the city.

According to The Chicago Sun-Times, approximately 20 additional agents with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives have dispatched to Chicago along with a high-tech mobile crime lab.

On Friday, Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions verified that the feds are sending help while denouncing the crime epidemic on the streets of the city.

“Crime and killings have reached such epidemic proportions that I am sending in Federal help. 1714 shootings in Chicago this year!” Trump said on Twitter.

On “Fox & Friends,” Sessions also said that his department is supporting.

“We’ll have an impact in reducing shootings,” he stated while saying authorities are “demoralized” and the city’s systems are ineffective.

Sessions then released a statement indicating that the administration has launched the Chicago Gun Strike Force and is sending “20 permanent ATF agents to the Windy City, reallocating prosecutors and prioritizing prosecutions to reduce gun violence” and collaborating with partners in law enforcement.

Just after he was inaugurated, the President tweeted “If Chicago doesn’t fix the “carnage, 228 shootings in 2017 with 42 killings (up 24% from 2016), I will send in the Feds!”

The new group of agents will work with the CPD and Illinois State Police on a task force to combat shootings and arrest gun traffickers.

Prosecutors from the U.S. attorney’s office and Cook County state’s attorney’s office are included in the new strike force, who will decide whether suspects in gun offenses should be charged in state or federal court

“The goal is to prosecute as many of these guys as possible federally where they will serve longer prison terms,” Anthony Riccio, the head of the Police Department’s organized crime unit, told the Sun-Times.

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