Chicago Activists, Community Leaders Struggle With 'Very Polarizing' Deployment of Federal Agents

Source: Yahoo News - View Original Article
Published: Jul 27, 2020
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94% "However, there are others in the city who say violence has reached a point where a federal response is necessary, and agree with the deployment."
91% "But despite assurances from Mayor Lightfoot and the President that federal agents will be focused on criminal behavior, activists and community leaders -- in these neighborhoods and across the city as a whole -- are recommending that people attending protests are mindful of any federal presence, watch where they're going and take any precautions they can."
87% "We've not done a good job of building the local economy, we've not done a good job of building the educational infrastructure."
79% "This is not new, Mark Carter, a local community activist says."
68% "As gun violence continues to plague Chicago, President Donald Trump has announced that federal agents will be deployed to the city to help drive down violent crime."
65% "They believe she is following her law and order background, and that this is an opportunity for her to lock up as many people as she can. [Mayor Lightfoot] has been part of mass incarceration."
60% "If I could say something to the [federal agents] I would tell them to approach the people they encounter as if they were members of their own family."
-53% "You can't come in with preconceived notions about what Chicago is or isn't, Stubbs says."
-55% "Some activists say this kind of response is expected of Lightfoot, who was previously an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Illinois."
-60% "We've had time to address these problems but we have not done that."
-64% "It seems far more political and more like an appeasement than an actual step in the right direction."
-71% "The solution has got to be one of economic inclusion, Carter continues."
-79% "If not, then you're just victimizing the 400 people who have been killed this year all over again, Stubbs says."
-86% "There have been over 1,000 shooting incidents in Chicago so far this year, and at least 414 murders -- a number that's more than 50 percent higher than 2019's murder rate."
-93% "About What's Going On Are they really being honest about the reason they're doing this?"

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96% : City community leaders also fear the real reason for the deployment to Chicago is also to clamp down on civil rights and racial equity protests, rather than address the wider issues of violence and crime levels.
94% : But while some community leaders say they welcome any attempts to make their city safer, other activists worry that the presence of federal law enforcement will only bring more chaos during a time of already great stresses.
94% : However, there are others in the city who say violence has reached a point where a federal response is necessary, and agree with the deployment.
91% : Activists in Chicago agree that the violence is hurting the city, but also want to see more long-term and comprehensive solutions.
91% : The people killing our young kids on the streets or individuals from the [federal government]?"
91% : But despite assurances from Mayor Lightfoot and the President that federal agents will be focused on criminal behavior, activists and community leaders -- in these neighborhoods and across the city as a whole -- are recommending that people attending protests are mindful of any federal presence, watch where they're going and take any precautions they can.
87% : "We've not done a good job of building the local economy, we've not done a good job of building the educational infrastructure.
79% : Arguing that both the Mayor and Governor were "[putting] your own political interests ahead of the lives, safety, and fortunes of your own citizen," Trump offered to "help devise a plan to make Chicago safe."
79% : This is not new," Mark Carter, a local community activist says.
78% : The Chicago deployment is part of "Operation LeGend," which began in Kansas City, Missouri on July 8 after 4-year-old LeGend Taliferro was shot and killed as a result of gunfire outside his apartment.
76% : Mayor Lightfoot responded with her own letter detailing what she believes the federal government should do to combat gun violence in the city, citing tougher gun laws and investment in disenfranchised communities as examples.
76% : (Many in Chicago, though, have very little faith in the police department as it stands, let alone as relates to any expanded presence.)
76% : 'We're Catching It Double.'
72% : Brooks and others in agreement with the deployment hope that the agents focus on areas where shootings have often been concentrated, pointing out that a lot of gun violence typically happens in the same neighborhoods.
68% : As gun violence continues to plague Chicago, President Donald Trump has announced that federal agents will be deployed to the city to "help drive down violent crime."
65% : They believe she is following her "law and order" background, and that this is an opportunity for her to lock up as many people as she can. "[Mayor Lightfoot] has been part of mass incarceration.
64% : On Wednesday, President Trump announced that hundreds of members of agencies including the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will be sent to Chicago.
64% : On June 26, Trump wrote a letter to Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, criticizing their handling of gun violence in the city.
63% : Amid Coronavirus Lockdowns, Gun Violence Continues to Plague Chicago "The fact that we're seeing so many young people dying due to gun violence, and the fact that we have no control over it means we need all the possible help we can get," Corey Brooks, an activist and the Executive Director of Project HOOD says.
62% : In recent weeks, federal agents have also been deployed in Portland, Ore. in response to the widespread protests against the killing of George Floyd, police brutality and systemic racism Citing viral footage of people being tear-gassed by agents, assaulted and, in a number of distressing clips shared on social media, dragged by men in camouflage into unmarked cars, many in Chicago do not want to see the same behaviors brought to their city.
62% : Mayor Lightfoot initially expressed concern over the presence of "secret, federal agents" but, after speaking with the President, has agreed to allow federal agents into the city -- as long as the agents work in conjunction with local law enforcement.
61% : "I would rather see a coordinated response to the problem," Stubbs says.
60% : Story continues
60% : Here's How We Can Get Answers
60% : "If I could say something to the [federal agents] I would tell them to approach the people they encounter as if they were members of their own family.
59% : "Her plan is always to lock up [Black people]."
57% : Trump's Use of Federal Agents in Portland May Go Beyond What Is Lawful.
54% : "That is not the solution.
53% : "This deployment seems very cursory and not very sustainable," Cinaiya Stubbs, the Executive Director of Chicago Youth Programs tells TIME.
51% : Federal gents were sent into Kansas City to respond to violent crime; so far, over 200 people have been arrested as a result of the operation.
47% : You can't come in with preconceived notions about what Chicago is or isn't," Stubbs says.
45% : Some activists say this kind of response is expected of Lightfoot, who was previously an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Illinois.
44% : "If the real reason is clamping down on the protests and clamping down on the movement then you're making decisions to infringe upon people's rights.
43% : Though no concrete date for their deployment has been confirmed, it's believed their arrival could be as soon as this week.
40% : We've had time to address these problems but we have not done that.
36% : "It seems far more political and more like an appeasement than an actual step in the right direction."
35% : "I would ask people who are concerned: which one are you more afraid of?
29% : The solution has got to be one of economic inclusion," Carter continues.
21% : If not, then you're just victimizing the 400 people who have been killed this year all over again," Stubbs says.
14% : There have been over 1,000 shooting incidents in Chicago so far this year, and at least 414 murders -- a number that's more than 50 percent higher than 2019's murder rate.
7% : About What's Going On "Are they really being honest about the reason they're doing this?

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