Trump announces surge of federal agents into Chicago, Albuquerque to combat crime

Reuters , Wednesday 22 Jul 2020

Chicago Police officers
Chicago Police officers investigate the scene of a shooting in Chicago, Illinois, on July 21, 2020. - Fourteen people were wounded in a shootout at a funeral in Chicago, police said, as US President Donald Trump threatened to send federal agents to some Democratic-led cities in response to a rise in crime. (Photo: AFP)

US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that federal law enforcement agents will be dispatched to cities facing challenges with violent crime, including Chicago, Illinois and Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Speaking at the White House, Trump blamed the increases in violence on left-leaning movements to "dismantle and dissolve" local police departments in the wake of the murder of George Floyd.

"This rampage of violence shocks the conscience of our nation," Trump said.

The eruption of gunfire outside a funeral home on Chicago's South Side that left 15 people wounded was part of an ongoing conflict involving the gang of a young man being mourned and a rival gang, police said Wednesday as the federal government planned to send more agents to the city to combat a spike in gun violence.

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