Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., President Trump’s attempt to send federal law enforcement to Chicago is a “political stunt” and if the president was really serious about stopping violent crime in the City of Windy, he would be gun control laws. Will return
Duckworth, a potential running mate for Democrat Joe Biden, blasted Trump’s federal law enforcement deployment in Portland, saying he would oppose any effort to make Chicago Trump’s next target a bulwark on protesters.
“This is a political stunt,” Duckworth told Fox News in an interview on Wednesday. “I mean, you look at what happened in Portland, you really have federal officers – we’re not even sure what agencies overall – wearing military-style uniforms, walking in unmarked vehicles, the streets. Capturing peaceful protesters from and driving with them in the middle of the night. It’s not acceptable. You can’t come in and politicize a government in a way that exercises its First Amendment rights over Americans in peace . “
Trump, the “major” agents for CHICAGO, was dispatched to other plotlines in a timely manner.
Trump has repeatedly targeted Chicago and its rise in the upsurge and killings in Democrat-led cities. Last week, Trump announced at a White House ceremony that he would “serge” federal law enforcement officials to reduce violent crime in the city, claiming the lives of many people, including young children.
The mission of the Chicago deployment is to help identify, arrest and prosecute criminals responsible for violent crime, while the deployment in Portland focuses on protecting federal court from harm. Local officials in Oregon want federal officials to go out and blame their aggressive policing tactics – including the use of tear gas on violence – for violence.
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Duckworth said that all that is really needed from the federal government is prudent gun control laws that will prevent guns from going into the wrong hands.
“If the president really wants to address gun violence in Chicago, he can call [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell will ask for some sensible gun control legislation today and for us to vote on such as universal background checks, such as the elimination of high-capacity magazines of 30 rounds or more, “Duckworth said.” These things will pass. They are supported in a bipartisan manner. And 90 percent of Americans support universal background checks [and] Plugging in … we can do better and we can do more. “
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who has been a critic of Trump in the past, reached out to the Trump administration with an understanding that federal officials would focus on investigating crimes and not get into confrontations with protesters like Portland.
Duckworth was more open to a targeted partnership with federal officials, but worried that the presence of federal law enforcement could develop into violent policing tactics on protesters who regularly took to the streets since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis Huh.
“Now, if he wants to send federal resources to Chicago to work with the City of Chicago with Mayor Lightfoot’s administration and to work with local law enforcement, I’m willing to take a look at that,” Duckworth said. “But if he is going to send unmarked people, who will grab peaceful protesters from the streets and Americans and exercise their fundamental rights and lock them in unmarked vans, I will oppose their every move.”
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The Trump administration effort in Chicago is part of Operation Legend, named for a 4-year-old boy, Legend Talifero, who was shot in Kansas City on June 29. On July 8, the Justice Department program closed in Kansas City. Chicago and Albuquerque expanded to Cleveland, Detroit and Milwaukee on July 22 and Wednesday.
Trump said that “hundreds” of federal officials would descend into Chicago last week to reduce violent crime, as he called on cities to bow to demands from protesters to discredit police. Trump said the agents would come from the FBI, alcohol, tobacco, firearms and explosives (ATF), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the US Marshals Service and the Department of Homeland Security.
“This havoc of violence shakes the conscience of our nation and we will not stand and watch it happen,” Trump said.