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Chicago police, federal officials to announce gun violence 'strike force'

Chicago police, federal officials to announce gun violence 'strike force'

Twenty federal gun agents have been assigned to Chicago to join a newly formed task force aimed at cutting the flow of illegal guns into the city and cracking down on people repeatedly arrested on gun charges.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, it was confirmed on Thursday that about 20 agents with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) have traveled to Chicago on a permanent basis to help stop the violence.

The team will pay special attention to rounding up repeat offenders.

"Crime and killings in Chicago have reached such epidemic proportions that I am sending in Federal help", he tweeted Friday morning.

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The president, who in January decried the high crime rate in the Midwestern U.S. city as "carnage", did not specify what type of help he planned to send.

President Trump has often tweeted and spoken at rallies about violence in Chicago and has constantly threatened to send in federal authorities.

The new Chicago agents will use the bureau's gun tracking technology to solve crimes and track illegal weapons, officials said. Chicago's police department personally asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions for additional resources a few months ago. However, as legal expert John Yoo of UC Berkeley told the Times, the only way Chicago's situation could fall under the Act would be "if the murders also violated some aspect of federal law, such as acts committed by drug cartels or terrorists". Chicago was not among the cities in that group, which officials said would be expanded later this year.