After Bloody Weekend, Chicago Partners With Feds to Cut Violence


Ahead of the Labor Day holiday and following a weekend of shootings that left nine dead and 37 injured, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Friday he’s expanding the city’s partnership with the feds to reduce violent crime, reports NBC News in Chicago. Emanuel said police will partner with federal patrol, gang, narcotics and vice units, as well as the United States Marshals Service, this time in neighborhoods beyond the 7th and 11th districts. The program, which Emanuel credits with curbing crime in East Garfield Park and Woodlawn, will target areas plagued with shootings last weekend.

Attorney General Eric H. Holder said in a statement the extra assistance will help police “build capacity, bolster intelligence analysis capabilities, and spearhead criminal investigations and prosecutions.” “The Department continues to stand with its partners in local law enforcement,” Holder said, “and these additional resources will help the City of Chicago in its efforts to combat violent crime and improve the quality of life of its residents.”

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