A group of community leaders in Chicago will convene to hold a press conference in response to President Trump’s call for “sending in the feds” to deal with the city’s crime issue.
A press release sent to JETMAG.com from the Chicago Alliance Against Racist & Political Repression (CAARPR) is expected to denounce Trump’s calls for intervention.
“We don’t need Donald Trump to send armed forces into Chicago to deal with crime,” declared Frank Chapman, Field Organizer of the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, in announcing the news conference. “What we need is democratic community control of the police through an all-elected Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC).”
On Tuesday, Trump posted the below tweet to his account:
If Chicago doesn’t fix the horrible “carnage” going on, 228 shootings in 2017 with 42 killings (up 24% from 2016), I will send in the Feds!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2017
The newly-appointed president has been widely criticized as of late, for his swift changes to the country’s legislation. Among them, the signing off of building a border wall between America and Mexico to keep what he describes as “illegal” immigrants out of the country.
The press conference will take place on Thursday (5:30pm CST), Jan. 26 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 125 E. 26th St. Chicago, IL 60616.