Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
By Steve Neavling
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel appears to be taking President Trump up on his offer to send in federal help to quell violence in the Windy City.
“Send more FBI, DEA, ATF agents. We don’t have to talk about it anymore. Just send them,” the mayor said Wednesday.
The mayor advocated more federal prosecutions for gun crimes and additional federal agents to help police fight gangs and gun violence.
“Invest in law enforcement with our Police Department,” Emanuel said. “Every major city has to do more. Move more FBI, DEA, ATF. They do a great job. Use the ability to prosecute gun crimes at the federal level, and maximize that potential.”
The mayor said he has already talked about the need for more federal resources with the president, vice president and the president’s chief of staff.
“In that sense, they are aware of what our requests are, and we will look forward to working with them on that,” he said. “Supporting our police officers, supporting our kids, investing in our neighborhoods and communities are key.”