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Chicago police, federal officials to announce gun violence 'strike force'

Chicago police, federal officials to announce gun violence 'strike force'

The Justice Department spokesman said the department will keep working with cities including Chicago under the new crime-fighting program, called the Public Safety Partnership.

Twenty federal gun agents have been assigned to Chicago to join a newly formed task force aimed at cutting the flow of illegal guns into the city and cracking down on people repeatedly arrested on gun charges.

"And I am confident in Celinez Nunez, the new Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago office of ATF, who has experienced the tragic consequences of gang violence firsthand".

US President Donald Trump has chose to send federal troops to Chicago to help fight street violence and drug trafficking. He adds that unlike previous bureau "surges" in Chicago-where 306 people have already died this year from gun violence-these agents are "here permanently".

The president made the announcement via Twitter Friday, saying violent crime had reached "epidemic proportions" and citing the figure of 1,714 shootings in Chicago this year. Shortly after he assumed office, President Trump tweeted "If Chicago doesn't fix the disgusting "carnage" going on, 228 shootings in 2017 with 42 killings (up 24% from 2016), I will send in the Feds!".

The Trump administration has been criticized for calling Chicago a "war zone" and "totally out of control" despite not laying out a long-term vision for America's cities.

Sessions said the anti-crime policies in Chicago have not worked and police "have been demoralized in many ways". "But the progress C.P.D. has made this year has happened without any of the new resources from the federal government we requested".

CNN also reported in April that a small team of eight Federal Bureau of Investigation employees, including agents and analysts, from across the country were sent to Chicago on a temporary assignment.

In fact, earlier this week, officials announced that the ATF had loaned the city a van outfitted with ballistic testing equipment to help police more quickly solve gun crimes. Chicago's police department personally asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions for additional resources a few months ago. Superintendent Eddie Johnson said in a statement Thursday night that "we are foundationally changing the way we fight crime in Chicago".

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