The Chicago Police Department has it in for Donald Trump. No doubt, the windy city has a tragic shooting problem. In just one day, shooters killed seven people, including a pregnant woman. Trump noticed the situation and said “Chicago needs help!” Yet, what is he doing?
After tweeting those numbers Thursday evening, Trump got them wrong at the CPAC [Conservative Political Action Committee] Friday morning. He said:
‘I believe seven people were shot and maybe killed in the last two days. We will support the incredible men and women in law enforcement.’
Chicago 5 NBC’s local affiliate reported that the president tweeted Thursday:
‘Seven people shot and killed yesterday in Chicago. What is going on there – totally out of control. Chicago needs help!’
Seven people shot and killed yesterday in Chicago. What is going on there – totally out of control. Chicago needs help!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 24, 2017
After Trump assumed that the police were not up to the task of handling the violence, he announced that he would “send in the Feds,” the Chicago Police Department decided to take the president up on his offer of help. Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson released a statement that the tragic bloodshed was “unacceptable,” according to Chicago 5:
‘We have challenges with gun violence in several neighborhoods on the South and West sides of the city. It’s unacceptable to me, to the Mayor and to everyone who lives in Chicago. We’ve made requests to the White House and the Justice Department for them to support our work – from increasing federal gun prosecution to more FBI, DEA and ATF agents to more funding for mentoring, job training and more. We are still waiting for the administration’s response to our request.’
According to Chicago 5, the mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel announced at the first of the month that Trump should “just send them:”
‘Send more FBI, DEA, ATF agents. We don’t have to talk about it anymore. Just send them.’
Along another front in early February, Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin wrote to Trump’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Boykin requested that Sessions provide additional federal money and more boots on the ground to fight the war against Chicago violence. Boykin told Chicago 5:
‘We must send a signal to these gang members and we must dismantle the gangs—bottom line. We must dismantle them. But we also must bring resources in terms of job training and jobs’
The last weekend in October 2016, 17 people were shot and killed, pushing the homicide count over 600, according to the Chicago Tribune. This was the first time it reached that height, since 1990’s.
In spite of the dire requests for Donald Trump to fulfil his promise to help Chicago, so far those cries for help have gone unanswered.
Check out Trump’s full speech at CPAC in the video below:
— CPAC (@CPAC) February 24, 2017
Featured Image: Getty Images/Win McNamee.