On Tuesday, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to share his disgust with the horrible “carnage” happening in the city of Chicago. Trump said that if the city could not get their problem with violence under control that he would “send in the Feds!”
“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!” he tweeted.
Chicago’s violent crime has been a problem for years, but has been on the rise as of late. In 2017 alone, the windy city has had 252 total shooting victims, 44 of those being fatal. In 2016, over 4,350 were shot and almost 800 were murdered by gunshot wounds, making it Chicago’s deadliest year on record.
On average, a person is shot in Chicago once every two and a half hours while a person is murdered about every 13 hours.
Earlier this month, Trump implored Chicago’s mayor, Rahm Emanuel, to ask for federal help.
“Chicago murder rate is record setting – 4,331 shooting victims with 762 murders in 2016. If Mayor can’t do it he must ask for Federal help!” he tweeted.
Emanuel said in an interview this week that the federal government has not assisted the city with solving their violence problem for decades.
“Over the years the federal government’s stepped back their resources, which we have stepped up,” he said. “The federal government can be a partner, and to be honest they haven’t been for decades.”
The Chicago Police Superintendent, Eddie Johnson, also stated that Chicago would be willing to work with federal partnerships to solve the issue.
“The Chicago Police Department is more than willing to work with the federal government to build on our partnerships with DOJ, FBI, DEA and ATF and boost federal prosecution rates for gun crimes in Chicago,” Johnson said.