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Emanuel Welcomes Federal Aid; not National Guard

Chicago Police
Posted at 3:21 PM, Jan 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-25 15:21:00-05

CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he'd welcome federal help with the city's violence problem but said that just letting police get "tough and rough" would undermine efforts to build trust in the city's crime-plagued communities.

Emanuel made the statements on Wednesday, a day after President Donald Trump tweeted that he would "send in the Feds!" if the high rates of homicides and shootings didn't improve in Chicago.

Emanuel said if Trump wants to help in Chicago he should send aid for law enforcement and money for after school programs. The mayor said sending in the National Guard would be "antithetical" to what the Chicago Police Department is trying to do to restore trust of officers in the city.