February 16, 2017
Notable accounting of what Mayor Emanuel sought from AG Sessions to deal with Chicago's gun violence
This local article, headlined "Emanuel used meeting with Sessions to get specific on fed help," reports on the requests Chicago's mayor made to the new Attorney General to help combat violence in a city that has been a frequent talking point about violent crime for Prez Trump. Here is how the article starts:
Attempting to turn President Donald Trump’s talk into federal action, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Tuesday he used his first meeting with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to present a list of ways the federal government can help stop the bloodbath on Chicago streets. “On the FBI, DEA, ATF, send more agents [who] are permanently placed here in Chicago to cooperate and work with our Chicago Police Department. They do it in a number of areas today. But, we don’t have the full expanse of what we need to do the job and we have a good relationship with those three federal entities,” the mayor said.
“Second is invest in the technology that you saw in Englewood in the 7th District and the 11th District — the strategic predictive analytic rooms — help us take that to other police districts in the city.”
The mayor’s wish list goes beyond policing to expansion of mentoring, summer jobs and after-school programs from which both the state and federal government have been AWOL, as he put it. “I talked about making sure that our kids have an alternative consistent with what I’ve said about BAM [Becoming A Man] as a mentoring program,” Emanuel said. “There’s an account that deals with ex-offenders. We would like to see that because we have the largest ex-offender program. . . . And help us with summer jobs and after school where the federal government has actually been cutting those resources.”
Emanuel said he also renewed his call for the U.S. Justice Department to step up federal prosecution of gun crimes. A Chicago Sun-Times story last year found that federal weapons charges in Chicago have fallen slightly over the past five years — despite the local rise in firearm offenses. Federal prosecutors in some other major urban areas — Manhattan, Brooklyn, Milwaukee, Detroit and Baltimore — have charged far more people with weapons offenses than the U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago has.
Sources said the meeting with Sessions focused exclusively on ways the Justice Department can assist Chicago in stopping the unrelenting gang violence on city streets.
February 16, 2017 at 11:24 AM | Permalink
Hmmm. Looks like the previous regime was less than helpful. My guess, Sessions has the US Atty refocus on federal gun charges, which will get guys off the street and deter the casual carrying around of guns.
I took a lot of heat in this blog for talking about the drop in gun prosecutions. Now it seems that a Dem Mayor is asking for the prosecutions to be stepped up.
Ha ha ha ha ha.
Doug, any thoughts?
Posted by: federalist | Feb 16, 2017 12:00:04 PM
And I wonder what role exactly he thinks DOJ is supposed to have re. mentoring and the like.
Posted by: Soronel Haetir | Feb 16, 2017 3:16:35 PM
Israel and Switzerland are armed to the teeth, and have low crime rates.
Bastardy is the most powerful factor in criminality, and explains all racial disparities.
Federal policy should change. Instead of forcing single mothers to look for jobs or to go to school, force them to join Match.com. Then check that they go on a date every week.
They should be rewarded financially for getting married. That way their husbands can better control the super-predators spawned by Democratic Party policies over the past 50 years.
Posted by: David Behar | Feb 17, 2017 12:30:35 AM
Oh, and all you 'rats out there--Sessions looks like he's going to help Chicago deal with the out of control violence--'rat obstructionism delayed that. Probably got some people killed.
Posted by: federalist | Feb 17, 2017 11:07:30 AM