Hundreds of police officers are prepared to descend upon Chicago City Hall Wednesday; calling-out liberal mayor Rahm Emanuel as the relationship between the former Obama aide and law enforcement reaches an all-time low.
According to CBS News, the pro-police protesters are expected to swarm the city government’s headquarters as part of their “Blue Wednesday” protest; aimed at raising awareness over what they refer to as a “lack of concern” from the mayor’s office.
“The members feel as though the city has turned its back on police in many ways,” said Martin Preib, of the Fraternal Order of Police.
“They certainly could be meeting with us more if they wanted to be,” added Union president Kevin Graham.
Chicago has come under fire in recent years over its escalating crime rate and soaring murder statistics after decades of liberal control.
President Trump weighed-in on the city’s spike in violent crime late last year; saying he plans to send in federal agencies to help clampdown on criminals.
Chicago Bishop Demands Mayor Emanuel Remove Statue of George Washington
A Chicago Bishop is calling on Mayor Rahm Emanuel to remove the name of President George Washington from a southside park.
In a letter addressed to the Mayor and posted to Facebook, Bishop James E. Dukes, pastor of Liberation Christian Center, calls for the removal Washington’s name as well as that of President Andrew Jackson. Dukes argues that their “active participation in the slave trade” makes them unfit for the honor of being held as heroes.
We as Chicagoans must now take the microscope and place it on the statues, monuments and parks that we give honor to,” Bishop Dukes wrote in a letter to Emanuel. “We cannot allow slavery and racism to be awarded in our communities by honoring individuals that indeed partook in the very institution that has kidnapped, murdered, raped, and terrorized our forefather and mothers.”
“Therefore, I call on the immediate removal of President George Washington and President Andrew Jackson names from the parks located on the southeast side of Chicago,” Dukes added. “They should not have the distinct honor of being held as heroes when they actively participated in the slave trade. I fully expect that the Chicago Park District and Mayor Rahm Emanuel share in my sentiments and views; that Chicago will not be a place that embraces racism, slavery and its treacherous tentacles. But rather, Chicago will be a beacon of hope for a better tomorrow for all its’ residents.”
According to CBS Chicago, Dukes also wants the removal of a statue of Washington found in the same park:
“When I see that, I see a person who fought for the liberties, and I see people that fought for the justice and freedom of white America, because at that moment, we were still chattel slavery, and was three-fifths of humans,” he said. “Some people out here ask me, say ‘Well, you know, he taught his slaves to read.’ That’s almost sad; the equivalent of someone who kidnaps you, that you gave them something to eat.”
SANCTUARY SHOWDOWN: DOJ Threatens 23 ‘Sanctuary Cities’ Who Oppose White House
The Department of Justice sent a scathing letter to 23 municipalities and cities this week, demanding answers over how the “sanctuary cities” were planning to comply with federal guidelines and regulations regarding illegal immigrants; adding that failure to comply will be met with fines and further legal action.
The warning, sent to the heads of the nation’s worst offending cities such as NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, demanded documentation showing how those local governments were complying with President Trump’s strict policies towards illegal immigration and undocumented workers.
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The letter requests, “All documents reflecting any orders, directives, instructions, or guidance to your law enforcement employees (including, but not limited to, police officers, correctional officers, and contract employees), whether formal or informal, that were distributed, produced, and/or in effect during the relevant timeframe.”
“Regarding whether and how these employees may, or may not, communicate with the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, and/or Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or their agents, whether directly or indirectly,” the statement adds.
Any local governments who refuse to hand over the information within the next month face federal subpoenas, legally forcing the offending cities to submit the documentation to the Department of Justice.