Chicago mayor should ask feds to help combat homicides

The nation's third-largest city had 762 homicides in 2016 — the most in two decades and more than the largest cities, NY and Los Angeles, combined.

President-elect Donald Trump said Monday that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel should seek federal assistance to combat homicides in the nation's third-largest city. It's a theme the mayor talked about after his meeting with Trump Dec 7th at Trump Tower in New York City.

Although up about 60 percent from the previous year, the 762 homicides in 2016 were the highest annual toll since 1996, when there were 796, according to police data.

Emanuel said he did talk about what the feds could do to curb gun violence when he met Trump in NY in December.

The FBI and the White House had no comment at the time of publication.

Adam Collins, a spokesman for Emanuel, was quoted by other media as saying that the federal government has a strong role to play in public safety by funding summer jobs and prevention programs for at-risk youth, by holding criminals who break gun laws accountable and by passing meaningful gun laws.

Emanuel, President Barack Obama's former chief of staff, met with President-elect Trump in NY last month and said he hopes he and the President-elect can work together on reducing crime.

Chicago has outlined plans to reduce violence, including the scheduled hiring of 970 police officers over the next two years to raise the total to 13,500.

On the campaign trail, he often singled out Chicago while calling for tougher police tactics like the controversial stop-and-frisk policy to deal with urban crime.

"But they asked me about Chicago and I think stop-and-frisk with good strong, you know, good strong law and order", Trump said during a September event.

"We are heartened he is taking this issue seriously and look forward to working with the new administration on these important efforts", Collins added. If you were put in charge to a specific person, do you think you could stop this?' He said, 'Mr.

Sunday's tweet wasn't the first time Trump has taken a public swipe at Emanuel's handling of the violence epidemic.

"If we're going to continue to Band-Aid, then we're going to continue to see carnage in our streets".

  • Angelo Rivera