Published: Sun, February 26, 2017
USA | By Angel Wallace

Chicago Has 7 Homicides In A Day, Trump Tweets 'Chicago Needs Help'

Chicago Has 7 Homicides In A Day, Trump Tweets 'Chicago Needs Help'

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson have asked for federal assistance and have wondered in comments when the help that Trump has repeatedly mentioned is going to arrive, as Chicago is on pace to repeat last year's huge amount of homicides, 762, the most in almost two decades. Police said a person of interest is being questioned. Again, the police do not have anyone in custody in connection with the homicide. "They're not new to us", he continued.

Johnson said the number of gun arrests in Chicago is nearly double what it was previous year, and called on lawmakers to help the police department clean up the city. The victim received gunshots to his head and back.

Two weeks later, he sent 20 federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives to the city.

Chicago Police plan to conduct a second raid in the coming weeks, this time with federal assistance. "We are still waiting for the administration's response to our request".

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi on Friday said 62 of the people arrested were convicted felons, and 14 were on parole for selling drugs.

Emanuel said federal authorities already play an integral role in fighting crime in the city, referencing the transport of guns across state lines, among other areas. He went on to say he had been promised action in January and yet here it is the end of February.

Johnson also said 65 of those arrested have been previously identified to be at a higher risk for either being a victim of gun violence or an offender. "But if you care at all, you should be helping the city do something about this violence".

It's a familiar story, and once again, Superintendent Eddie Johnson was pleading for help, asking lawmakers to stiffen penalties for repeat gun offenders.

The raid comes less announcement comes less than 24 hours after President Donald Trump tweeted that Chicago needs help dealing with its crime and violence troubles.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson says the raid won't eradicate all the violence, but is a "step in the right direction".

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