Trump to send more federal agents to stop violence in major cities
On Monday, President Donald Trump says he will send more federal law enforcement officers to major cities facing an increase in violence.
“New York and Chicago and Philadelphia and Detroit and Baltimore we’re not going to let this happen in our country,” Trump said. “We will have more federal law enforcement. That I can tell you.”
Trump specifically singled out Chicago for the increase in homicides and other violent crime, blaming liberal Democrats for years of poor leadership. At least 10 people were killed over the weekend in Chicago this past weekend by gun violence and more than 60 were injured.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said that she disagrees with Trump sending federal agents to her city.
“We don’t need federal agents without any insignia taking people off the streets and holding them, I think, unlawfully,” Lightfoot told the Chicago Tribune.
The Trump administration has already enlisted federal agents, including the U.S. Marshals, to protect federal property in Portland where protesters continue to take to the streets.
Some Oregon officials have accused the federal agents of driving around in unmarked vehicles and taking protesters from streets without identifying themselves.
A DHS spokesman insisted that agents are identifying themselves as Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents and that the officers are not wearing identification because of the recent violence against law enforcement personnel.
“They’ve been there three days and they really have done a fantastic job in a very short amount of time,” Trump said. “They grab them, lots of people in jail.”
Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D) is completely against the president’s use of federal agents.
“In Portland, unidentified federal officers are operating as a secret police force to harass protestors and violate their constitutional rights—and now Trump wants to use it as an authoritarian blueprint for further violence. We can’t let that happen,” Warren tweeted.
The president said that the people causing violence in Portland and other cities are not protesters.
“These people are not protesters; these people are anarchists. These are people that hate our country and we’re not going to let it go forward,” he said.
President Trump faced pushback from Democrat leaders when he deployed the National Guard to Washington D.C. to crack down on vandalism and riots. Despite the pushback, the presence of the troops quickly stopped the violence and Trump has warned city officials across the country that he will not stand for lawlessness.
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