President Donald Trump has vowed to intervene if violence in Chicago is not reduced.
"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 on on Jan. 24.
Trump’s tweet referred to a line in his inaugural address in which he said, "the crime, and the gangs, and the drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential."
He added: "This American carnage stops right here and stops right now."
The numbers Trump tweeted were reported by the Chicago Tribune, which recorded 247 people shot in the city and at least 44 people killed.
The Chicago Tribune reported that its numbers are greater than those recorded by the Chicago Police Department because the CPD does not include "shootings on area expressways, police-involved shootings, homicides in which a person was killed in self-defense, or pending death investigations."
In 2016, Chicago recorded 762 murders in 2016, according to CNN. That number was nearly 300 more than the previous year and the city's highest murder rate in 19 years.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel didn't turn down the opportunity for more help from the federal government to stem his city's infamous violence.
“Over the years the federal government’s stepped back their resources, which we have stepped up,” Emanuel told WTTW. “The federal government can be a partner, and to be honest they haven’t been for decades.
Emmanuel also said he hoped the federal government would increase funding for police officers.
The CPD has recently come under criticism after a scathing report by the Justice Department found that Chicago police routinely fail to protect civil rights, do not properly collect and analyze evidence, and have eroded trust between them and the community.
“The systems and policies that fail ordinary citizens also fail the vast majority of Chicago Police Department officers who risk their lives every day to serve and protect the people of Chicago,” Attorney General Loretta Lynch said, according to The New York Times.