As Federal Deployment Looms, Chicago Mayor Calls for End of Violence

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Wednesday called on witnesses to come forward with information about an overnight gunfight at a funeral, a day after she said she would welcome help from the FBI and other federal agencies, but not a “Portland-style deployment” of “unnamed agents” to her city’s streets.

Lightfoot spoke a day after gang members opened fire at a funeral on Chicago’s South Side and attendees fired back, injuring 15 people. Two of those shot are in critical condition, while the other 13 are expected to recover.

The mayor, a Democrat, also detailed a separate shooting on Tuesday of a 3-year old girl by two men who fired into the car she was in with her parents. The girl was shot in the head but is in stable condition, police superintendent David Brown told the same news conference.

The violent flare-up could provide fodder to President Donald Trump and his Republican allies, who have sought to promote a law-and-order message ahead of the Nov. 3 presidential election. Critics say the administration is seeking to divert attention away from its widely criticized response to the coronavirus pandemic, one of the reasons he is trailing Democratic challenger Joe Biden in opinion polls.

Trump threatened earlier this week to send FBI and other federal agents to Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, Detroit, Baltimore and Oakland, California, to help local authorities crack down on a surge in violence in recent weeks. That followed U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr’s announcement of a program known as Operation Legend to provide federal help to police in Kansas City, Missouri, where murders have spiked.

Later on Wednesday the Trump administration will unveil an expansion of Operation Legend to include Albuquerque, New Mexico, an administration official said.

The rollout of that program has coincided with the deployment of agents drawn mainly from the Department of Homeland Security to Portland, Oregon, to protect a courthouse from weeks of protests over racial justice. In that action, law enforcement officials without identifying badges have been accused of pulling protesters into unmarked vans, a possible violation of their civil rights.

On Tuesday, Lightfoot said she would take Trump to court if he sent unidentified federal agents to her city.

“The Trump administration is not going to foolishly deploy unnamed agents to the streets of Chicago,” she said as she outlined plans for an influx of identified agents from the FBI and other agencies to combat crime. “We have information that allows us to say, at least at this point, that we don’t see a Portland-style deployment coming to Chicago.”

Chicago has seen an explosion in violence this summer. There were 116 murders over the 28 days through July 19, an increase of nearly 200 percent, police department data shows.

Police superintendent Brown blamed turf battles among the roughly 117,000 gang members in the city of 2.7 million people, where one shooting begets another in an endless cycle of revenge.

“This same cycle repeats itself over and over and over again. This cycle is fueled by street gangs, guns and drugs,” he said. “Too many people in Chicago have been touched by gun violence.”

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Wednesday that he told Trump that his state was able and prepared to handle a spike in crime in New York City, noting that he had not declared a public safety emergency.

“And since the state hasn’t made a declaration, I don’t see why there’s any reason why the federal government should take action,” Cuomo said in a call with reporters, adding that Trump agreed with his assessment.

(Reporting by Nathan Layne in Wilton, Connecticut, Maria Caspani in New York and Sarah Lynch and Jeff Mason in Washington; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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  1. “Critics say the administration is seeking to divert attention away from its widely criticized response to the coronavirus pandemic, one of the reasons he is trailing Democratic challenger Joe Biden in opinion polls”.

    First my understanding is that Rasmussen has came out with a pole showing Biden is not far ahead at all…..more like dead even! Second….if the truth were actually told by MSM and other outlets, they mind find out that Trump Administration has done an incredible amount in the fight against the virus! Third….Biden wants to de-fund the police by “redistributing” funds/budgets. No matter how he say’s it…it’s still taking monies away from needed law enforcement. So, are they sure they are not thinking Biden’s policies to de-fund the law in this country, versus Trump now taking action is going to bite Biden in the ass?

  2. She waits until federal deployment is mentioned to call for an end of violence, she was all for it until then. This broad is bat crap crazy and should be fired and jailed

  3. Every day Cuomo cried on TV that his state didn’t have enough emergency supplies or ventilator’s……he cried every day blaming Trump…..but did he ever ask any company in the state of NY to convert and help build ventilators or other needed supplies….NO…..and now NY is awash in crime and Cuomo is fiddling.

  4. Geeze Loiuse, Chicago has been a murder city for so long that few have even paid attention to all the innocent deaths. Most news channels just blip through the violence and move on to criticize Trump for saying something they think is bad. I would have thought Holder would turn all that around? Oh, that’s right, Holder sells military weapon armament to drug gangs, so no, that won’t help. Other bastions of Democratic rule are like Chicago with lawless activities running rampant and the leaders ignore the facts. I guess they don’t want to hurt the murdering mobs feelings.

  5. She reminds me of the Dimwitacrat mayor up in Houston.
    He told the criminals to just stay home during this virus and don’t do any criminal activities until a later date.
    Yep, they’ll comply with that.

  6. When will citizens of these cities see the light and vote out the dems ruining their cities? The solution is that simple.
    They will never see the light.
    Conservatives have moved out of those areas so there is no alternative for these people to vote for.
    No conservative in their right mind would move into those areas just to run for office.

  7. I’ve indicated this before! I can’t lay the “Recent” crime wave all on Lightfoot! This has been going on for Years, maybe even a couple of Decades! But, she like others before her, always lay the Blame on anything “Other”, than the True cause! This is where the Democratic Narrative “Fails”! It’s always something other than People! It’s the Gangs and Career Criminals! That they and the Courts keep letting out of Jail, or Off the Hook! Now, we let out of “Prisons”, career criminals, because “They” we’re afraid of these “criminals” may get Covid? Has anyone heard, to date, of any problems in any of the Prison Systems across our country?
    Her latest problem, Now, we have 10 – 17 year olds CarJacking around the city!
    Ask Durbin, Duckworth, Rush, and even Obama, why they are remaining “Mute” during this mayhem! They Don’t Care! Have you Heard from Pritzker, or Madigan?
    We need to let the “Rioters” “Gangs” and Criminals, know where these politicians live, so that they, like their fellow Illinoisans, experience, First hand and Face to Face, what is happening ! DO YOU THINK THEY WOULD REQUEST FEDERAL HELP THEN?

  8. What a nerve to call for a halt in violence over which she has presided for years – BLACK LIVES DON’T MATTER in CHICAGO as BLACKS kill BLACKS with no fear of retribution – get out of the way for martial law.

  9. It’s great to see more of the “silent majority” commenting more and more every day. Just a preview of what will happen on Nov 3.

  10. “As Federal Deployment Looms, Chicago Mayor Calls for End of Violence….” Yeah…that’ll work…ya-think…?!?!? LOL….

  11. In a way, the people in cities like Chicago bring these problems on themselves by time after time after time voting only for people that have a D beside their name.

  12. “Police superintendent Brown blamed turf battles among the roughly 117,000 gang members in the city of 2.7 million people, where one shooting begets another in an endless cycle of revenge.

    “This same cycle repeats itself over and over and over again. This cycle is fueled by street gangs, guns and drugs,” he said. “Too many people in Chicago have been touched by gun violence.”

    Well, do something about it. Your courts let the felons right back onto the street where the gangs give them stolen guns, some stolen from police lock ups (by police). The street gang thug that killed Obama’s campaign worker in 2012 had been arrested, convicted of possessing a firearm illegally (17 years old). The judge put him right back on the street “cause he black”, a “disadvantaged youth” that “needs an opportunity rather than jail”. Yeah, that worked out really well.

    “Too many people in Chicago have been touched by gun violence.” Yeah, always blame guns. People pull the triggers. The guns used aren’t purchased, they’re stolen. Your gun laws aren’t working. Your lack of enforcement of laws isn’t working. Don’t blame guns. I own plenty of guns and they don’t kill anyone. Clean up your city and reject the BLM ‘Breathe Act’ including any and all of its ideas. Reducing police and agencies does NOT reduce crime.

  13. Too late. You’re the mayor of the most corrupt, dangerous city in the US. You’ve had more than 200 black people killed by other blacks so far this year (approaching 300). You’ve done nothing. Your courts are corrupt, police are restricted, law and order are non-existent. You should step down and let someone that is responsible take over. Do it now before the President is forced to take control. Other Democrat cesspool cities, racked with violence should do the same. Instead of resisting the influx of federal troops, you should welcome the help. Your resources are obviously inadequate.

  14. Calling for end of violence does squat. Do something about it. Since the beginning of your term, violent crimes in Chicago has steadily increased. Time to let the feds in and prosecute criminals to the fullest. If Joliet gets filled up have your dem state leaders build more prisons and piss the taxpayers off. Maybe then Chicago and Illinois will vote in responsible politicians.

  15. Gee, Mayor Lightweight. Maybe more police funding AND making the courts actually convict criminal gun-offenders might make a difference. Maybe amputate the trigger fingers (or heads) of repeat offenders, of which there are MANY. (look at your own criminal records if you doubt this.)

    It wouldn’t require a spine and admitting that ALL lives matter, especially the black ones which are not gangbangers.

    Arresting criminals should not be “catch and release” as your city currently practices.

  16. Mayor Lightweight’s cry for an “end to violence” sounds too much like Obozo’s warning to Russia to “cut it out” and will be equally as ineffective.

    Meanwhile more black lives (apparently the only ones that matter AND only if killed by non-blacks) will continue to be ended. Way to go Lightweight!

  17. You know China puts out warnings to its citizens traveling to the USA . They are told not to visit ghettothug controlled areas of the country for their safety So are the Chinese racist or just realist concerned about the welfare of its people.

  18. So Lori Lightfoot is what you get when you vote based on gender, race, and sexual orientation. Maybe Chicagoans will vote for someone with qualifications, capabilities, and common sense next time.

  19. When will citizens of these cities see the light and vote out the dems ruining their cities? The solution is that simple.

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