Inside a modified freightliner parked on Chicago’s west side this week, technician Jill Jacobson fired two rounds from a black 9mm pistol right into a machine designed to seize the distinctive markings made on a bullet case as ammunition strikes by way of a gun.
Simply an hour earlier, a subject agent with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives introduced the weapon to the technology-laden truck, one among roughly 300 federal brokers now in Chicago to help local police ramp up efforts to combat gun crime amid a pointy spike in violence.
The Trump administration has known as for a surge of hundreds of federal officers in cities equivalent to Chicago, Kansas Metropolis, Mo., and Detroit which have seen increases in violent crime. In Chicago, there have been 450 murders within the metropolis this 12 months by way of Aug. 2, a 55% rise from the year-earlier interval, in response to Chicago police knowledge.
This isn’t the primary time federal brokers have been despatched to Chicago, which has lengthy struggled with unlawful gun trafficking and avenue gangs. Administrations of each events have tried to deal with town’s crime downside for many years by deploying federal assets with blended outcomes. The considerably bigger surge underneath the Trump administration, known as Operation Legend, reveals the problem federal and native officers will face in making an attempt to curb violent crime.