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Trump threatens to send feds into Chicago amid 'carnage'

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Hundreds of thousands of people protested outside the Trump Tower and in the streets Saturday as part of the Women's March on Chicago.- ASHLEE REZIN  SUN-TIMES

And it's no secret that the hub of the Midwest has seen an alarming rise in violent crime recently - an increase that some observers blame on rising tensions between the police and minority communities.

Trump's source is presumably a Chicago Tribune statistic, discussed earlier that night by Bill O'Reilly on his Fox News show.

While President Trump engages in something of a war of words with the media over the topic, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has lashed out, saying that the commander-in-chief has far bigger things to worry about than "the crowd size at your inaugural".

Prior to becoming the 45 President, Trump repeatedly invoked Chicago's violence rate during his campaign while pledging to fix crime in America's "inner cities".

He repeated colorful language from his inauguration address, referring to a crime wave affecting impoverished Americans as "carnage".

While liberals on Twitter reacted by claiming Trump wants to institute "martial law" in Chicago, the city's beleaguered police department welcomed federal assistance. Chicago already has field offices for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and other federal law enforcement agencies.

As bloody as 2016 was in Chicago, 2017 is starting out even worse.

Emanuel's comments don't make it sound like they're taking the actual problem as seriously as they should and it looks like Trump plans to shine a very bright light on that fact.

Trump isn't offering specifics about how the federal government could help.

"A policy like stop-and-frisk could save thousands of lives in a city like Chicago, just like it saved thousands of lives in NY".

And so too, apparently, is the president, who tweeted Tuesday night that "if Chicago doesn't fix the terrible "carnage" going on. The federal government can be a partner, and to be honest, they haven't been for decades", Emanuel said. Still, the Tribune said its latest figures put the city on track to exceed last January's 50 homicides, the most for that month in at least 16 years. A spokesperson said that 234 people have been shot, 38 of them fatally, in 2017, compared to 227 people shot, 33 fatally, during the same period in 2016. Chicago reportedly had 4,331 shooting victims and 762 homicides in 2016, the most killings in 20 years.

However, Jackson on Wednesday referenced "carnage" when talking about an unemployment rate in some Chicago neighborhoods and the loss of thousands of teacher jobs. The report cites rampant use of excessive force, particularly against black and Latino residents.

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