President Donald Trump proposed several law enforcement measures in a speech in Florida on Monday – and he's starting with the violence in Chicago.
In his speech to the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Trump said he was ordering the U.S. Justice Department to step in:
"I have directed the attorney general's office to immediately go to the great city of Chicago to help straighten out the terrible shooting wave. We're going to straighten it out and we're going to straighten it out fast."
Specifically the president wants to see Chicago police be more proactive by searching people they have reason to believe are illegally armed – what's known as "stop and frisk."
"I've told them to work with local authorities to try to change the terrible deal the city of Chicago entered into with ACLU which ties law enforcement's hands and to strongly consider 'stop and frisk.' It works, and it was meant for problems like Chicago," Trump said.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been at the helm of the Windy City for seven years without a significant respite in the violence that has defined his administration. And having decided to give up on a fix and not run again, he and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan ran to the courts and turned over the management of the police department to a court and the American Civil Liberties Union. Since 2016, the ACLU has been hammering police for more paperwork on street stops and other public interactions.
Following the president's speech yesterday, Mayor Emanuel responded that "stop and frisk" would not be coming to Chicago. Randy Sutton of Blue Lives Matter explains that it's one of the proactive policing measures that the Chicago PD has given away to the courts and the ACLU.
"Chicago is a killing zone," Sutton tells OneNewsNow, "and the reality is that law enforcement has had its hands tied behind their backs for years because of the consent decree and the politicization of the Chicago Police Department."
It's not clear what authority the president has to interfere in Chicago's police policies, although in the past Emanuel has signaled he's open to federal help to calm the violence plaguing the city. Over two successive weekends in Chicago in August, 18 people were killed and dozens were wounded in more than 60 shootings.