President Biden‘s “strike force,” meant to help curb crime in Chicago and 4 different cities seeing a surge in violence, is anticipated to come to the Windy City “relatively soon,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot stated earlier this week.
The Justice Department introduced new “strike forces” in June, that are supposed to curb violent crime in Chicago, New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., by serving to metropolis leaders crack down on unlawful gun trafficking.
“My hope and my expectation is that they’re going to be coming relatively soon. I’ve made no secret of the fact that this is a matter of incredible urgency and I think the president’s plan is to make a difference in localities like Chicago this summer,” Lightfoot advised reporters Wednesday as she met with Biden outdoors O’Hare Airport, in accordance to ABC 7 Chicago.
The strike pressure groups will coordinate with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) and share info with native and state regulation enforcement companies about the place firearms originate and the place they’re used to commit crimes in an effort to carry down gun-dealing rings.
Biden’s assembly with Lightfoot got here after greater than 100 folks have been shot and 19 killed over the Fourth of July weekend in Chicago, town’s most violent weekend this 12 months. It additionally got here hours after two ATF officers and a Chicago police officer have been shot early Wednesday whereas on responsibility in an unmarked regulation enforcement car on town’s Far South Side.
Lightfoot has come below growing strain to take motion.
The mayor campaigned as a public security professional and on Tuesday vowed that her administration is “doing absolutely everything that we can to stem the violence.” But town council and neighborhood officers are rising stressed.
At least 1,600 folks have been shot thus far in Chicago in 2021 — an 11% enhance in contrast to 2020 and a 58% enhance in contrast to 2019, in accordance to the Chicago Police Department’s crime statistics for the week ending June 28.
In a latest interview with WTTW, a neighborhood PBS station, Mayor Lightfoot blamed the violence on a number of components, together with the COVID-19 pandemic and gun legal guidelines in the states and locales surrounding Chicago.
“I believe that violence is a manifestation of systemic problems, and it’s a public health crisis,” she stated. “When you see, in way too many neighborhoods, a lack of jobs, a lack of investment — these are historic, decades-long problems.”
Chicago is “surrounded by” suburbs and states “that have very lax gun laws,” Lightfoot continued.
Fox News’ Paul Steinhauser and Brooke Singman contributed to this report.