Trump Threatens Intervention to Stop Chicago Carnage
by Stephen Lendman
On Tuesday, Trump tweeted “(i)f Chicago doesn’t fix the horrible ‘carnage’ going on…I will send in the Feds!” In his inauguration day address, he said “(t)his American carnage stops right here and stops right now.”
Earlier this month, he said if Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel “can’t do it, he must ask for federal help.”
He said nothing about deep poverty in Chicago’s Black and Latino communities, nothing about the city notoriously called the police repression capital of America, nothing about its west side Gitmo, the equivalent of a CIA black site, brutalizing suspects secretly, nothing about hundreds of police shootings.
He made no mention of the 10th Amendment, stating “(t)he powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
If states or cities violate US laws, intervention is warranted, otherwise not unless requested. Chicago is a hotbed of shootings and other violence, largely in inner city Black and Latino communities, much of it gang related, too much the result of longstanding racist policies.
Cities and towns nationwide are affected, not just Chicago. The “city of big shoulders” stands out because things are worse there than elsewhere – city cops part of the problem, not the solution.
Chicago police superintendent Eddie Johnson issued a statement, saying his department “is more than willing to work with the federal government to build on our partnerships with DOJ, FBI, DEA, and ATF and boost federal prosecution rates for gun crimes in Chicago.”
Through January 24, a city police spokesman reported 234 shootings, including 38 fatal ones, the numbers slightly higher than the same 2016 period. Last year, 762 homicides occurred, more than in New York and Los Angeles combined.
In mid-January, the Obama Justice Department accused the Chicago Police Department of rampant corruption and excessive force, terrorizing the city’s most vulnerable. The problem goes right to the top in City Hall.
City cops serve and protect Chicago’s privileged alone while inner city Blacks and Latinos are systematically brutalized.
Sending in the marines or national guard won’t change things. Social, economic and political justice is the only solution.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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