President Trump announces the rush of federal agents to Chicago to help fight crime

President Trump announces the rush of federal agents to Chicago to help fight crime
President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr announced on Wednesday that federal agents will step up to Chicago and Albuquerque to help combat rising crime, expanding the administration's involvement in domestic law enforcement while nominating Trump for re-election under the mantle of law and order.

Hundreds of federal agents have already been sent to Kansas City, Missouri, to help quell a record spike in violence after a young boy was shot there. Sending federal agents to help localities is not uncommon. Barr announced a similar increase in December in seven cities that witnessed severe violence.

Usually, the Ministry of Justice sends agents under its own umbrella, such as agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives or the DEA. But this increased effort will include at least 100 investigative officers at the Department of Homeland Security who work in the area who generally conduct investigations into drug trafficking and child exploitation.

DHS officers were already sent to Portland, Oregon, and other places to protect federal property and monuments as Trump criticized protesters' efforts to bring down Confederate statues.

GB Pritzker Governor and Chicago Mayor Lori Letgood warned that they would not support federal agents who would be sent to conduct independent patrols in the streets of Chicago, or arrest protesters as happened in Portland.

Pritzker said on Wednesday that he would welcome federal aid, if they support the implementation of existing federal and local law.

"I welcome support for our domestic and state efforts to reduce crime," Pritzker told an unrelated news conference yesterday, Wednesday, before the president's speech. "But that is the other thing that happens, where people wear camouflage uniforms without identifying those claiming to be protecting federal buildings while they are actually heading to federal buildings and moving away from federal buildings to do things like throwing people into vehicles and arresting them without telling them about the reason for their arrest and then Keeping them for hours before being allowed to leave. This is unacceptable in Illinois or Chicago. "

Trump has linked increased street violence with protests against racial injustice, although criminal justice experts say the rise challenges the easy explanation, citing the country’s unprecedented moment - an epidemic that has killed more than 140,000 Americans, historic unemployment, and orders to stay home , Group account due to race and police brutality, extreme tension and even weather. Compared to other years, crime decreased overall.

Local authorities complained that steep increases in federal agents only exacerbated street tensions.

Soon after the president's announcement, Chicago Mayor Laurie Lightfoot said she welcomed the federal government's support as long as it remains a partnership and does not reflect the situation in Portland.

"I am delighted to see the president receive the message," the mayor said late on Wednesday at the regular press conference after the city council meeting.

“If these agents are here to actually work in partnership to support [address] armed violence and violent issues, connect to the existing infrastructure of federal agents, and not try to play police in our streets, this is something different,” said the mayors. This may add value, but the guide will be in dessert. "

Lightfoot again warned that it did not want to see a secret paramilitary force patrolling the streets of Chicago, saying this was the mission of the Chicago Police Department.

"I was very clear - it did not happen in Chicago." We do not need federal forces, nor do we need undercover federal agents who aren't wandering the streets of Chicago, they take our place of residence without reason and violate their basic constitutional rights, "Legevot said.

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