30 March, 2017
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"Go ahead Ken", he said, tapping the arm of the spokesman beside him.
The president pointed to the example of Chicago, where almost 700 people have been shot so far this year.
Chicago FOP Lodge 7 President Dean Angelo was one of several members at the table Tuesday, and Trump didn't shy away from the Windy City's violence problem. During the campaign, Trump repeatedly promised Mexico would pay for the wall, a claim the country has disputed. "Almost 700 more have already been shot since January of this year alone", Trump said.
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During the election and since becoming president on January 20, Trump has been bringing up Chicago's ongoing struggle to reduce violent crime in the city, threatening at one point to "send in the Feds".
Angelo says they also talked about standards for hiring and retaining officers and how the public perceives police. "Some of our members are anxious about losing their job for doing their job".
The White House billed the get together as a "listening session", but that didn't stop the Republican leader from speaking first. Angelo said the consent decree was not discussed during the meeting, but other issues were including standards for hiring and retaining officers, and reporting requirements that the union said has led to a decline in traffic stops. Join us in a conversation about world events, the newsgathering process or whatever aspect of the news universe you find interesting or important.
Police union leaders have warned President Donald Trump against cutting federal funding to so-called "sanctuary cities" in his ongoing crackdown on illegal immigration. The Chicago Police Department was recently the focus of an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice, which exposed a "pattern and practice of excessive force" within CPD and institutional racism.