CHICAGO VIOLENCE: ATTORNEY GENERAL HOLDER TO SEND ATF AGENTS INSTEAD OF COPS
NWV Senior Political News Writer, Jim Kouri
Posted 1:00 AM Eastern
July 21, 2014
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During his Wednesday visit to the crime-ridden city of Chicago to meet with the Windy City's Mayor Rahm Emanual and his public safety chiefs, Attorney General Eric Holder, said that, as part of his goal to help the city government fight crime and reduce youth violence, he is directing the head of the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to deploy an additional seven ATF agents to its Chicago office.
According to a Justice Department press statement, the additional ATF agents will work with the U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon and with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. The additional seven agents brings the total of ATF enforcement staff with sworn-police status to 52 men and women.
But many law enforcement officials complain that Holder is more interested in furthering his anti-gun ownership agenda than in protecting life and property in Chicago. "Why is he sending gun-grabbers to Chicago instead of real law-enforcement officers? The ATF has a history of exceeding their authority. Remember Waco? Fast and Furious?" notes former police sergeant and detective Marty Sachs.
Sgt. Sachs points to a quote by Attorney General Holder in which he explains the ATF strategy: "The Department of Justice will continue to do everything in its power to help the city of Chicago combat gun violence,” said Holder. "These new agents are a sign of the federal government's ongoing commitment to helping local leaders ensure Chicago's streets are safe.”
Former police detective Iris Aquino shook her head and said, "He said it himself: helping Chicago combat gun violence. Does that mean he's not interested in knife violents? Or blunt instrument violence? What about IED [improvised explosive device] violence? This administration is wrong when it comes to street crime; wrong on fighting criminal alien gangs; and wrong on combating Islamic terrorists.
Last month, the ATF premiered its Chicago Crime Gun Intelligence Center which promised to bring together the anti-gun activities of the Chicago Police Department, Illinois State Police and the ATF to deal with the illegal sales and possession of firearms in the State of Illinois, home of President Barack Obama and birthplace of Hillary Clinton.
Holder's press statement claims that: "Gun crime is the primary driver of homicide in Chicago, and sixty percent of the guns recovered in violent crimes in Chicago were originally sold in other states and trafficked into the city. Given the interstate nature of these crimes, it is critical that federal and local law enforcement work together to identify traffickers and enforce federal gun laws."
"There a two things that seem to be an obsession with Holder: White racism and gun ownership. Just recently he blamed dissatisfaction with the Obama administration on racism against blacks. And he blames climbing crime statistics on guns. He's wrong on both counts," said political strategist Michael Barker.
At least 14 people, many of them minors, were killed and 68 others were wounded in numerous shooting incidents in Chicago during the Independence Day holiday weekend, according to a number of media reports. In additon, as a result of police-involved shootings, two armed teenage suspects were mortally wounded, according to police.
"It was an extremely violent weekend in the Windy City. I wonder if Chicago families will send their children across the U.S.-Canadian border in order for them to get away from the violence, drugs, gangs, and death," quipped former police detective Henry J. O'Flannery.
"I'm not being flippant. It's a rationale that appears to work for President Barack Obama's administration and the Democrats such as Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., when explaining why children who are illegally entering the country are given asylum. We're told they're escaping from the violence, drugs, gangs, and poverty that's occurring in Central American nations," said the decorated detective who is now a director of corporate security.
True to form, Chicago's police superintendent, Garry McCarthy, blamed the shootings on weak state and federal gun laws. "There's a greater sanction for the gang members to lose that firearm from their gang than there is to go to jail for illegal gun possession," he told CNN, a news source with a group of journalists in total agreement with Democratic Party's obsession with violating Second Amendment rights, according to former police commander, Iris Aquino.
In addition to the shootings, there are news reports of Chicago experiencing six police shootings during the long-weekend. For example, two male teenagers were shot by police including 16-year-old Warren Robinson who was shot dead after being chased by officers on Saturday evening.
Police officers reportedly ordered Robinson several times to drop his gun as he was getting out from where he was hiding under a truck. Police say he refused their order and they shot him to defend themselves.
"Do the shootings of American kids get the same attention by the Obama White House that the illegal alien children from Central America get? I don't believe so," said Laurence Truillo, a former police captain and U.S. Marine Corps officer. "And Obama's pal and former chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, is the mayor of that city."
"While I watched the reports coming out of Chicago, the city that's given us the current White House inhabitants and many of President Barack Obama's minions, I couldn't help but remember the excuses Americans are given by Obama, administration officials and Democratic lawmakers for allowing illegal alien children and teenagers into the United States," said political consultant and strategist Michael Barker.
"Does that mean our kids in Chicago, Detroit, Camden, N.J., and other high crime cities have the right to illegally cross the border into Canada?"
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