228 PEOPLE REPORTEDLY SHOT SO FAR THIS YEAR IN CHICAGO!!
Trump tweeted about the shootings there in early January, saying at the time as President-elect: “If Mayor can’t do it he must ask for Federal help.” The Chicago Police Department reported there have been 38 homicides and 182 shooting incidents in the city so far in 2017. Chicago Police only reported homicides in the city, and are not necessarily all shooting deaths. Trump encouraged Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to ask for federal assistance. Emanuel has not addressed Trump’s tweet, or spoken about the violence as it relates to possible federal intervention. Mayor Emanuel has specified areas he’d like the federal government’s help which includes gun control, prosecution for gun crimes, gun tracking, and help increase funding for more police officers. In 2016, Chicago Police Department reported:
3,550 shooting incidents
8,300 guns recovered — a 20% increase from 2015
4,331 shooting victims
10% more gun arrests in 2016
“Over the years the federal government’s stepped back their resources, which we have stepped up. The federal government can be a partner, and to be honest they haven’t been for decades.” Mayor Emanuel said in an interview.
Trump voiced strong support for the Second Amendment on the campaign trail, he was in favor of enforcing gun laws and strict sentencing for armed felons. Emanuel said he wants tougher sentences for repeat offenders. The Mayor and city councils want improvements in city, new leadership, community policy, and new technology such as body cams and gunshot detection. Trump would mention Chicago and suggest that controversial and possibly unconstitutional tactics such as stop-and-frisk could help address the issue. During September rally in Florida Trump stated: “A policy like stop-and-frisk could save thousands of lives in a city like Chicago, just like it saved thousands of lives in New York. Overwhelmingly, this will save African-American and Hispanic/Latino lives — citizens who are entitled to the same protections as every American.”
President Donald Trump has tweeted about the violence in Chicago...