Additional ATF agents to be deployed to deal with violence in Chicago

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The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives is bringing in seven more agents to help fight violence in Chicago.

The agency will have at least 52 agents in the city by the end of the year.

The federal help comes after an especially deadly Independence Day weekend, with over 80 people shot and sixteen people killed.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder indicated that more help was coming last week.
He says the Justice Department is committed to helping Chicago keep its streets safe.

On Capitol Hill, Wednesday evening, some Illinois Congressmen highlighted the need for federal help.

Extra federal help is also coming from THE FBI, which is reassigning 20 more agents to its violent crime unit.

That unit already has 100 agents working in the most dangerous neighborhoods of Chicago.


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  • Too little Too Late

    You said it, POS city since Rahm took over. The city is more Dirty and has more violence, homless, no jobs. And a smiling Mayor like everything os A-Ok. Total BS maybe in his little world it is. Maybe he’s on the it’s a Small World Ride? Come back to earth Rahm

  • Carrie

    Sammy, etc. I disagree. Our city is wonderful, beautiful. Just go to other cities and see just exactly what we have here. It is fabulous. What IS a POS is the idiots that prevent us from enjoying our city. What is sending a handful of ATF agents “by the end of the year” going to accomplish? Nothing. I’ve lived in the city for my entire life (49 years) and it saddens me that this is what is becoming of my home.