Police Superintendent David Brown meets President Biden at the White House amid Chicago violence; New plan will focus on arms trafficking
CHICAGO (CBS) – Chicago Police Superintendent. David Brown had returned to Chicago on Monday evening after meeting with President Joe Biden in Washington to discuss the city’s crime problem.
Last weekend alone, 48 people were shot dead and 11 of them were killed. And on Monday, President Biden and US Attorney General Merrick Garland pledged to contribute to a new approach.
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As CBS 2’s Chris Tye reported on Monday, Brown and Mayor Lori Lightfoot had hoped it would be the safest summer Chicago has known. It turns out that is anything but. We’ve dug and found out so far, it’s, in fact, the deadliest summer so far in a decade.
But the mayor and superintendent also said we are only days away from a major deployment to stop the gun trade.
â€œOne of the things we discussed was the sense of urgency around the violence,â€ Brown told the White House following his meeting with President Biden.
Summer 2021 isn’t the most violent summer in Chicago in the past decade – but it is the deadliest.
CBS 2 dug into crime statistics from early June to July 4 for each of the past 10 years, and we found that 2021 saw the highest number of homicides – with 96 during this first part of the year. summer.
This is almost twice as much as in 2011.
But 2011 was overall a more violent year. There were 3,000 cases of violent crime that year – theft, assault and homicide combined – compared to just under 2,700 this year.
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The message from the White House, as Brown put it, was, “We can start the investigative process both on gun tracing, but focus on gun trafficking.”
It’s been a month since the Justice Department announced the formation of so-called strike teams to target gun violence in cities like Chicago. The mayor says the Strike Force deployment is expected overnight and intra-state gun trafficking is what they hope to quell.
â€œMake dire consequences something that happens in our cities with gun trafficking,â€ Brown said.
When police recover guns from crimes in Chicago, it’s often in Indiana or the Deep South.
â€œThis pipeline to I-65 is going to be critically important – so Gary, Indianapolis and beyond,â€ Mayor Lightfoot said. â€œMaking sure that US prosecutors, the ATF and other federal resources are really focused on stopping the trafficking of guns will make all the difference here in the city. “
This is how Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco described the nationwide violence this summer.
At the White House meeting, Brown joined three other police chiefs and other elected and community leaders in a meeting with President Biden and Attorney General Garland – including Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser; the mayor of San JosÃ©, Sam Liccardo; Eric Adams, Brooklyn Borough President and Democratic candidate for New York City mayor; Memphis Police Chief CJ Davis; Wilmington, Delaware Police Chief Robert Tracy; Newark Police Lieutenant Anthony Lima; and the co-founder of the Community Based Public Safety Collective, Aqeela Sherrills.
Details of how the strike teams will operate are being kept under wraps, but this is essentially a more in-depth coordination between authorities in multiple states. This is an effort to work closely together to expedite the investigation and prosecution of these arms trafficking.
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Mayor Lightfoot said Monday she did not feel the need to call in the National Guard because of the violence this summer.