On Jan. 24, President Donald Trump retreated to the residential quarters of the White House to watch a Fox News report on crime in Chicago. As the president did, he tweeted a threat to the city of Chicago that the problem of crime should be brought under control or it would risk federal intervention.
"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!" Trump tweeted.
“People are being shot left and right,” Trump told ABC the next day, notes The Washington Post. “This year, which has just started, is worse than last year, which was a catastrophe.”
Trump then suggested political correctness was at the source of the violence.
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“They’re not doing the job,” he continued. “Maybe they’re not gonna have to be so politically correct. Maybe they’re being overly political correct. Maybe there’s something going on.”
"It's two years before my election and the mayor's election, and I believe that we're trying to do the best thing for the residents and the people we represent," Alderman Danny Solis of Chicago's 25th Ward told the Chicago Tribune. "Is there a political angle to this? You're probably right, but that's not my consideration right now."
But Alderman Scott Waguespack of Chicago's 32nd Ward argues that both sides are acting politically. "All the talk, the president's tweets, the mayor pushing back for sanctuary cities, it's all so very political."
On Jan. 13, about a week before the Obama administration came to an end, the Department of Justice issued a report accusing the Chicago Police Department of unconstitutional practices.
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"CPD has not provided officers with adequate guidance to understand how and when they may use force, or how to safely and effectively control and resolve encounters to reduce the need to use force," the DOJ's report said, notes CNN.
Then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch continued, "The resulting deficit in trust and accountability is not just bad for residents -- it's also bad for dedicated police officers trying to do their jobs safely and effectively."