Donald Trump threatens to impose martial law in Chicago, and it may be over a feud with Rahm Emanuel

Donald Trump threatens to impose martial law
in Chicago, and it may be over a feud with Rahm Emanuel. President Donald Trump is threatening Chicago
and its mayor, Rahm Emanuel, with martial law, something which could have profound implications
for the Windy City. On Tuesday morning, Trump sent out the following
tweet, threatening to �send in the feds� in response to Chicago�s violence If Chicago doesn�t fix the horrible �carnage�
going on, 228 shootings in 2017 with 42 killings (up 24% from 2016), I will send in the Feds! � Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January
25, 2017 Trump�s tweet coincided with a segment on
the Fox News show �The O�Reilly Factor.� A few minutes after 8 p.m., the program discussed
Chicago violence and cited statistics similar to those that Trump had used � namely that
there had been �228 shootings in 2017 (up 5.5 percent from last year)� and �42 homicides
in 2017 (up 24 percent from last year).� One of the show�s guests, Horace Cooper,
even used the term �carnage� to describe the situation. On that same day, it came out that there had
been 40 murders in the city within the first 22 days of 2017. Despite Trump�s apocalyptic depiction of
Chicago�s crime rate, the metropolis is actually nowhere near the top of America�s
most dangerous big cities. Its per capita homicide rate in 2015 was 18th
at 16.4 out of 100,000 residents, with the ignominious top spots belonging to New Orleans
(46.9 out of 100,000 residents), Detroit (45.0 out of 100,000 residents), and St. Louis (43.8
out of 100,000 residents). It was slightly higher among non-fatal shootings
in 2015, ranking 12th with 88.9 out of 100,000. This, however, was still eclipsed by St. Louis
(659.7 out of 100,000 residents), Memphis (247.1 out of 100,000 residents), and Oakland
(232.4 out of 100,000 residents). Coincidentally, one of the last major acts
of the Obama Justice Department was to release a report criticizing the Chicago Police Department
for rampant racial profiling and abuse of power. It seems that Trump is determined to approach
the problems in that city from the perspective that there isn�t enough law and order rather
than that law and order has run amok.

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