Trump sends 20 additional federal agents to Chicago to battle gun violence

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Crime and killings in Chicago have reached such epidemic proportions that I am sending in Federal help.

Police figures show that the number of shooting incidents and victims have dropped from past year, although the number of shooting deaths is basically the same. Trump wrote on Twitter.

In 2016, the number of murders in Chicago totaled over 760, a jump of almost 60 percent, and was more than NY and Los Angeles combined.

The number of shootings in May dropped about 19 percent from May 2016, and murders were down 15 percent, according to DNAinfo data. The number of murders - 320 so far in 2017, compared with 322 at this point a year ago - has hardly changed.

The van feeds evidence collected at the scene into a national database and can produce results within hours as compared with the days it would take the Police Department to find a match, officials said. The unit is also meant to team up front-line law enforcement officers with state and federal prosecutors.

Chicago Police Department officials planned a news conference Friday afternoon to announce the permanent expansion of the Chicago bureau of the Department of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said.

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Trump, according to Conway, has discussed the issue with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, however. The group became operational on June 1, Sessions said.

"We'll have an impact in reducing shootings in Chicago", he said, while saying police there are "demoralized" and city policies are not working.

But violence in the city has remained higher throughout 2017 than it was in years past, and there have been about as many people killed in shootings this year as in 2016.

We need to have more federal gun prosecutions in Chicago.

Chicago is also in the midst of reforming its police department after a federal investigation found officers routinely violated the civil rights of people, citing excessive force and racially discriminatory conduct.

"This new strike force will significantly help our police officers stem the flow of illegal guns and create a culture of accountability for the small subset of individuals and gangs who disproportionally drive violence in our city", Mr. Johnson said.