Congressman Bobby Rush unleashes criticism on U.S. Senator Mark Kirk over his proposal to crackdown on gangs.
Kirk wants to spend $30 million to target gang violence. He also wants law enforcement to arrest 18,000 “Gangster Disciples.” He has been meeting with authorities to create a strategy to carry-out the mass arrests, and he’s urging the new U.S. Attorney nominee from Illinois to prosecute gangs and weapons crimes in federal court.
But, Rush isn’t liking Kirk’s idea.
The Sun-Times says the Chicago Democrat called the plan an “upper-middle-class, elitist white boy solution to a problem he knows nothing about.” Instead, Rush says we need to spend the money on educating and rehabilitating young gang members.
Rush’s office says he is ‘too busy with work’ to expand on those comments Thursday.
But, Kirk’s office released this statement:
“Senator Kirk’s commitment to stopping gang violence in our communities goes back more than a decade. The senator will continue to work with Senator Durbin, Mayor Emanuel, law enforcement and the entire congressional delegation to keep Illinois families safe.”