President Donald Trump threatens to “send in the Feds” over Chicago homicides

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is offering to “send in the Feds” if Chicago can’t reduce its homicide figures.

Trump tweeted Tuesday night: “If Chicago doesn’t fix the horrible ‘carnage’ going on, 228 shootings in 2017 with 42 killings (up 24% from 2016), I will send in the Feds!”

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson responded late Tuesday, saying the Chicago Police Department is “more than willing to work with the federal government to build on our partnerships” with the Department of Justice, the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration and others.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel criticized Trump on Monday for worrying about the size of the crowd at his inauguration. Emanuel, a longtime political ally of former President Barack Obama, also acknowledged his own frustration with Chicago’s crime rate.

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