If Chicago doesn’t fix the horrible “carnage” going on, 228 shootings in 2017 with 42 killings (up 24% from 2016), I will send in the Feds!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2017
On Jan 25th, 2017 President Trump promised to ““send in the Feds!” to Chicago if they did address the city’s miserable statistics on shootings. Well, it looks like President Trump did what he promised Thursday, June 29th. According to WFLD in Chicago, “authorities confirmed that about 20 additional agents with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have been sent to Chicago to combat gun violence.” The agents are working with about 20 counterparts from the Chicago Police Department and Illinois State Police on a strike force whose mission is to solve shootings and hunt down gun traffickers through ballistic technology.
Prosecutors from the U.S. attorney’s office along with the Cook County state’s attorney’s office have also been assigned to the force to decide whether suspects in gun crimes should be charged in state or federal court. “The goal is the prosecute as many of these guys as possible federally where they will serve longer prison terms,” said Anthony Riccio, head of the Chicago Police Department’s organized crime unit told WFLD.
Last year, the Chicago Police Department submitted information about 11,000 bullets and shell casings to the NIBIN (National Integrated Ballistics Information Network) system — which totals as many entries that are in Los Angeles and New York combined. The information in the database compares bullets and shell casings recovered at crime scenes from guns used in crimes. Last year, the Chicago Police Department obtained about 1,500 “hits” linking guns to multiple crimes through NIBIN.
The new strike force, with the aid of a specially equipped mobile van that can quickly process bullets and shell casings, is using such hits to build cases against shooters and gun dealers. “We’ve been doing this all along but now it’s being amped up,” said Dave Coulson, a spokesman for ATF in Chicago. “The strike force so far has linked 14 different assault rifles to a spate of gang-related shootings on the Southwest Side”, Anthony Riccio says. Before the strike force was formed there were about 20 ATF officials who had joined about 35 to 40 ATF agents who were already there in Chicago.
This news comes after the rise of murders this year in 2017 and last year in 2016 ended with about 760 killings. It was the deadliest year in the city in two decades. There were also 320 murders in Chicago so far this year, compared with 322 over the same period of 2016, according to stats from the Chicago Police Department provided to WFLD.
Source: WFLD/Fox 32 Chicago
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