Some community leaders in Chicago say the city needs more resources and not federal troops as gun violence surges in the city. (July 22)
MARSHALL ELIJAH HATCH: The most useful help would be the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms and Tobacco-- particularly helping to deal with the automatic weapons that are in the hands of criminals, and, you know, working to get those kind of weapons out of the hands of people who do mass shootings.
JAHMAL COLE: It feels like overpolicing. We're not-- we're trivializing what's going on, and we're not talking about the root causes. What we're telling you, we work in the neighborhoods. The root causes of all the violence is there's no resources. And so you say, when we say we want resources, you send police officers.
MARSHALL ELIJAH HATCH: We do not need federal troops to patrol the streets with the Chicago police. That is not going to be helpful, and, in fact, it will create a chronic quagmire. Then I think it's going to be unimaginable. We'd find out that Chicago is not Portland, but Chicago will be Portland on steroids if that was the case.