Trump announces federal law enforcement officers will be sent to Chicago

Speaking at the White House on Wednesday, President Trump said the Department of Justice will send hundreds of law enforcement officers to Chicago to fight violent crime.

Video Transcript

DONALD TRUMP: This rampage of violence shocks the conscience of our nation and we will not stand by and watch it happen-- can't do that. The citizens of Chicago are citizens of America and they have the same right as every other American to live in safety, dignity, and peace. No mother should ever have to cradle her dead child in her arms simply because politicians refuse to do what is necessary to secure their neighborhood and to secure their city.

Every American, no matter their income, their race, or their zip code should be able to walk their city streets free from violence and free from fear. For this reason, today, I am announcing that the Department of Justice will immediately surge federal law enforcement to the city of Chicago. The FBI, ATF, DEA, US Marshals Service, and Homeland Security will together be sending hundreds of skilled law enforcement officers to Chicago to help drive down violent crime.

And murderers and violent criminals are breaking a wide range of federal laws. We have that, it's as wide as it can be. We will find them, arrest them, and prosecute them. They will be in jail for many years to come. And we will work with local police to identify violations of state and local laws to help ensure that offenders are caught and jailed for their crimes.

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