Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel huddled with key members of President Trump’s team yesterday, including White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, senior adviser Jared Kushner, Trump’s influential son-in-law, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. Emanuel’s mission is to forge relationships with a new cast of Republican power players. There is a sense of urgency, as Trump regularly attacks Chicago for its violence and threatens to “send in the Feds” if Emanuel can’t stop the bloodshed.
Emanuel and Sessions avoided the issue of whether the Trump administration intends to pursue a consent decree that could result in the appointment of a federal monitor, to implement sweeping reforms to the Chicago Police Department recommended after the Obama Justice Department found patterns of racial bias. Emanuel requested “added federal resources including ex-offender programs, mentoring and increased federal gun prosecution in Chicago, as well as additional federal agents,” said Matt McGrath, Emanuel’s spokesman. Back in Chicago, a 12-year-old girl was in critical condition after a stray bullet struck her on Saturday while she was playing on basketball courts. About 25 minutes later, an 11-year-old girl was shot in the head about four miles to the east, also by what police believe was a stray bullet. She, too, was fighting for her life last night, the Sun-Times said.