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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot asks Biden for help after bloody July 4 weekend

President Biden was met at O’Hare International Airport Wednesday by Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot following a lethal Independence Day weekend within the Windy City.

The president was greeted by Lightfoot and Illinois’ Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker as he arrived in Chicago however he didn’t focus a lot time on the greater than 100 shootings over the vacation because it was only a fast cease for him en path to suburban McHenry County for an occasion touting his Build Back Better initiative.

According to White House press secretary Jen Psaki, Biden reiterated his dedication to working with Lightfoot and metropolis leaders to counter gun violence and added that the Department of Justice would quickly be in contact a couple of (*4*) meant to crack down on gun trafficking in Chicago and 4 different cities — together with New York.

President Joe Biden greets Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot
Biden reiterated his dedication to working with Lightfoot and metropolis leaders to counter gun violence.

According to The Chicago Tribune, not less than 108 individuals had been shot within the metropolis — not less than 17 of them fatally — between 5 p.m. Friday and 1 a.m. Tuesday. The 108 victims, whose quantity included two law enforcement officials, is the very best quantity recorded over a July 4 weekend, surpassing the earlier mark of 103 in 2017.

The weekend violence was consistent with what has been a bloody year to this point within the Second City. Last week, police reported that there had been 332 homicides over the primary six months of 2021, six fewer than within the first half of 2020 however a 35 % enhance over the 246 reported between January and June of 2019.

Hours earlier than Biden landed Wednesday, three undercover officers — two of them brokers from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the third from Chicago Police — had been shot and wounded as they drove to an task on town’s South Side. None of the officers’ accidents had been thought of life-threatening, and investigators mentioned an individual of curiosity was being questioned.

Chicago police Superintendent David Brown advised reporters that 36 of his officers had been shot or shot at this year following Wednesday morning’s incident.

“This is a very challenging time to be in law enforcement but they are rising to the challenge of doing all they can,” Brown mentioned. “And the work they do is extremely dangerous.”

Psaki mentioned Biden additionally expressed to Lightfoot his personal help for the officers who had been shot.

With Post wires

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