During an interview with National Public Radio on Saturday, Chicago Police Board Chairwoman Lori Lightfoot admitted the city’s crime problem was beyond what the city could handle.
“We need to have more federal gun prosecutions in Chicago. Our federal partners from the U.S. attorney’s office, the ATF, the FBI need to be much more invested in this overall strategy. Chicago Police Department cannot tackle this issue by itself,” Lightfoot said. “This is not a problem that we’re going to arrest our way out of.”
She’s right. CNN reported that the windy city saw 762 murders in 2016, making it the deadliest year in almost 20 years.
The Chicago Tribune reported that the murder rate for the country’s 30 biggest cities was expected to go up by 14 percent in 2016, according to the Brennan Center for Justice. Killings in Chicago accounted for 43.7 percent — nearly half — of that overall increase.
Lightfoot also said Chicago was “in a state of crisis” and it needed “all hands on deck.”
Her remarks came less than one week after the horror story of four attackers who kidnapped and tortured a disabled teen for hours.
President-elect Donald Trump posted to social media that if Mayor Rahm Emanuel cannot solve the problem then he must ask for help.
Chicago murder rate is record setting – 4,331 shooting victims with 762 murders in 2016. If Mayor can’t do it he must ask for Federal help!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 2, 2017
It appeared that Lightfoot agreed with him.
More government involvement is not likely to help Chicago out of the mess it’s in, as Democrat gun control policies have failed so badly that Chicago leaders are turning to the federal government for help. It must pain them because it essentially means they’re surrendering and asking Trump and his administration to do what they cannot.
It’s humiliating for the Dems, but such a move indicates a growing perception of Trump’s competence.
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