Jeff Sessions has condemned the high levels of violence within the city of Chicago. In a press release statement on the Department of Justice Website, the Attorney General stated that the high crime levels in that town are unacceptable. He also said that his department will outline steps that will help increase public safety. He announced the creation of the Chicago Gun Strike Force. 20 permanent ATF agents have also been sent to the area to help curb lawlessness. Trump also expressed his concerns about high crime rates in Chicago in a tweet he posted yesterday.

Sessions thoughts

Sessions praised Trump's commitment to enforcing laws and keeping communities safe. He said that Trump's administration will pursue all available avenues to ensure that cities and states protect U.S citizens and comply with federal immigration laws. Sessions stated that cities and states should not protect criminal illegals who prey on citizens.

According to Justice News, more than 4,300 Chicago residents were shot last year while 700 were killed. 2016 was the deadliest year in Chicago for the past 20 years.

Sessions also believes that the idea of having sanctuary cities undermines federal immigration laws. His department is also working to strengthen, train and improve the morale of the Chicago police department as well as all law enforcers. Sessions also expressed his confidence in Celinez Nunez, who has been the top special agent of AFT since November last year.

Crime rate in Chicago

According to the FBI, in 2015, the population of the city of Chicago was 2.7 million. 24,663 violent crimes were reported in that year.

Murder and non-negligent manslaughters totalled 478, rapes totalled 1,432, robberies totalled 9,649, there were 13,104 aggravated assaults, 80,395 property crimes, 13,151 burglaries, 57,022 larceny-thefts, 10,222 motor vehicle thefts and 534 arsons.

100 people were shot within the first ten days of 2016. August 2016 was Chicago's deadliest month over the past two decades. There were 92 murders in that month alone. A cousin of NBA basketball player Dwyane Wade was also killed. There were a total of 762 murders in Chicago in 2016 compared to a total of 468 murders in 2015.

Crimes that have occurred today in Chicago according to the Sun-Times Chicago News

  • A 29-year-old woman was shot in the abdomen in a drive-by shooting in Roseland, Chicago.
  • A 13-year-old boy was shot in the morning in his rear end in Gage Park. He was taken to the Comer Children’s Hospital; his condition is still unknown.
  • A 25-year-old man was shot in Wicker Park neighborhood during an argument.