SOME IN CHICAGO SAY TRUMP’S GUN STRIKE FORCE WON’T STOP THE MURDERS

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SOME IN CHICAGO SAY TRUMP’S GUN STRIKE FORCE WON’T STOP THE MURDERS

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/jul/10/chicago-trump-gun-violence-activists

fter more than 18 months of threatening to send “the feds” to Chicago, Donald Trump finally announced that he was dispatching a “gun strike force” to the city in June.

The move, intended to halt the spiraling murder rate in the city – there were 762 homicides in Chicago in 2016 alone – was announced with much fanfare.

But away from the rarefied confines of the White House, the grassroots activists who spend their days working to stop violence have expressed deep scepticism over the 20 federal agents Trump is deploying to their city – saying the move will “definitely not” reduce the number of murders.

Those organizations, who operate in Chicago’s most troubled neighborhoods miles from the gleaming skyscrapers of the downtown Loop and try to counsel young people against gun and other crimes, told the Guardian that the money would be better spent on community programs aimed at deterring people from violence in the first place.

“It’s going to incarcerate more people, but it’s definitely not going to bring the numbers of murders down,” said Pastor Corey Brooks, who runs Project HOOD, a non-profit organization in Chicago’s south side that offers training for young people looking for a way out of gang life.–The Guardian

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