Chicago Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot asked the federal government to help fight against the growing level of violent crime in the Windy City.
Lightfoot asked Attorney General Merrick Garland to send agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for six months to increase the number of gun investigations and gun seizures, according to Fox32 Chicago.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot pleads with AG Merrick Garland to send ATF agents to the city after it sees 760 murders this year https://t.co/Uw3GHXN8Gf
— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) December 21, 2021
“Keeping you safe is my priority — not one of, but the first and primary priority,” Lightfoot said, according to the Chicago Tribune.
“I wake every morning with this as my first concern and I push myself and all involved to step up and do more and better because we cannot continue to endure the level of violence that we are now experiencing,” she added.
The Tribune reported the city has already experienced 4,270 shootings, including 783 homicides.
WATCH LIVE: Mayor Lightfoot joins City leadership to deliver an address on public safety. https://t.co/w8KgvBpVle
— Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) December 20, 2021
The mayor also announced vaccination requirements on Tuesday for anyone entering restaurants, bars, gyms, and other indoor venues starting Jan. 3, an effort likely to further anger the people of Chicago.