U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday he was sending federal help to fight crime in Chicago that has reached "epidemic" proportions.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions, speaking Friday on the Fox News Channel's morning show, "Fox & Friends", said the Justice Department is "sending in additional gun investigators" to Chicago and that he has urged the USA attorney's office to prosecute gun cases aggressively.
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.
The new agents will team up with the state police and local detectives to cerate what will be called the "Chicago Crime Gun Strike Force". Despite the drop in shootings, murders have remained relatively flat compared to a year ago.
Trump's tweets hint that 'federal help' is coming to Chicago
Though the Chicago government and the city police have implemented a series of security measures, including beefing up the police force and buying back guns, not much has improved.
As violence surged, Breitbart News reported that Chicago Police Board Chairwoman Lori Lightfoot wanted federal help.
Meanwhile, Chicago police say crime in the city has decreased from 2016, when there were 4,331 shooting victims and 762 homicides. Earlier in January, he posted, "If Mayor can't do it he must ask for Federal help!" 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. Murders are way, way too high. And police, federal agents and prosecutors will reportedly target repeat gun offenders and illegal firearms. So-called "sanctuary" policies tie the hands of law enforcement by rejecting common sense and undermining federal laws that would remove criminal, illegal aliens from the streets and remove them from this country. But Chicago was not among them.
Though Chicago is not among the nation's most violent cities on a per capita basis, Trump has repeatedly singled out the city for its appalling gun violence statistics.