CHICAGO — The president of the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police flew to Washington Monday morning for a meeting on Chicago’s gun violence with members of the Trump Administration.
Dean Angelo tells WGN News it’s unclear when the meeting will take place and whether President Trump will be there. He was assured it would be early in the week.
Angelo says he’s excited for the chance to speak on behalf of 12,000 officers who are doing their jobs under the cloud of public criticism.
He says his message will be this isn’t just a police problem.
Officers feel demonized and they need help from the federal government.
Recently, Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson went to Washington to ask for more federal prosecutors to take on gun cases.
Trump has mentioned Chicago’s increase in murders several times during the campaign and since taking office. He once tweeted “if Chicago doesn’t fix the horrible carnage, I will send in the feds.”
In January, the Justice Department issued a scathing report on CPD training methods and history of brutality, suggesting several reforms.
Trump’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions hasn’t committed to a consent decree on implementing those reforms.
Angelo says if there is a consent decree, he wants to make sure the rank and file get a seat at the table.