Crime has gotten so bad in Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot has asked Joe Biden to send in federal help to alleviate the situation. NBC5 Chicago reports:
As the city of Chicago battles an increase in carjackings and other violent crimes, Mayor Lori Lightfoot is calling for assistance from federal authorities to halt the flow of illegal weapons and reduce violence, including crimes inflicted by gangs.
Responding to calls to discuss the recent uptick in violence, Lightfoot held a public address Monday following a weekend that saw 23 shootings, including four fatalities.
The mayor has been largely focused on stopping gun trafficking, which she blames for bringing illegal weapons into the city.
In an effort to increase the number of gun investigations and seizures, Lightfoot formally requested that United States Attorney General Merrick Garland detail Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents in Chicago for six months. The mayor added she asked for additional prosecution resources as well as U.S. Marshals to assist local law enforcement.
Chicago has continued to report troubling violence statistics in recent months and years.
Earlier in December, the city saw its 800th homicide victim of the year – a threshold that was commonly passed in the 1990s, but has been rare in recent years.
Murders have been increasing in the city for two straight years now, and shootings have been rising at an even faster rate, according to data from the Chicago Sun-Times.
Chicago is not the only city to face staggering murder statistics this year. Many other cities in America are setting records for homicides a year after Democratic politicians turned Americans against the police, and encouraged riots and looting in the streets.