President Trump vowed to crackdown on violence sweeping major American cities from the White House Monday; calling in Mayors and Governors to stop anti-police riots or the federal government will be forced to step in.
“New York and Chicago and Philadelphia and Detroit and Baltimore … we’re not going to let this happen in our country,” Trump said in the Oval Office. “We will have more federal law enforcement. That I can tell you.”
“While the DHS has not officially announced that it will be sending additional personnel to the cities Trump mentioned, the president has for weeks decried the crime rates in American cities, while faulting Democratic mayors and other officials for not cracking down harder. The summer surge comes amid widespread protests against police brutality and racial injustice, which in some cases led cities to overhaul policing practices,” reports Fox News.
“Police in Chicago reported that 10 people were killed over the weekend by gun violence and 60 more injured – including 10 minors – in a spate of shootings that eclipsed those during the same weekend last year, in which 43 people had been shot, three fatally, according to the Chicago Sun-Times,” adds Fox.
“DHS does not comment on any allegedly leaked operations,” a department spokesperson said in a statement.
Read the full report at Fox News.
DE BLASIO SPIRALS: 2 NYPD Shot, 1 Stabbed, Mayor Says Protests Remind Him of John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’
Two members of the NYPD were shot in Brooklyn overnight Monday and another officer stabbed in the neck as protesters defied an 8pm curfew imposed by beleaguered Mayor Bill de Blasio.
“The melee unfolded when a suspect approached a cop on Church Avenue near Flatbush Avenue at about 11:45 p.m. and stabbed him in the neck, a police source said,” reports the New York Post.
Meanwhile, the mayor faced a growing backlash after saying the violent situation reminded him of John Lennon’s utopian anthem ‘Imagine.’
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio: "I don't mean to make light of this but I'm reminded of the song 'Imagine' by John Lennon." pic.twitter.com/ElerZgB2y3
— The Hill (@thehill) June 3, 2020
“I don’t mean to make light of this. But I’m reminded of the song ‘Imagine’ by John Lennon. We played it at my inauguration! What about a world where people got along differently? What about a world where we didn’t live with a lot of the restrictions that we live with now,” said De Blasio. “We’re not there yet. The protest movement themselves is how we make progress!”
Read the full report at the New York Post.
DE BLASIO SPIRALS: Mayor Says NYPD Funds Will Finance ‘Broadband Internet’ in Public Housing
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio weighed-in Tuesday on his plan to redistribute finances from the NYPD to other agencies; saying the money will be used to expand broadband internet access in public housing.
“This takes us back to the issue of broadband, this gets us right back to the issues of broadband. That digital divide is very, very intense. 1.5 million New Yorkers lack broadband access. It’s another tale of two cities,” said De Blasio.
Mayor Bill de Blasio: "We're on the city level going to take resources that came out of the NYPD's capital budget and put it into broadband access for residents of public housing." pic.twitter.com/B0LVJHa5Y0
— The Hill (@thehill) July 7, 2020
“This is an issue that’s been taken-up by our new internal task force on racial inclusion and equity,” he added. “We’re on the city level going to take resources that came out of the NYPD’s capital budget and put it into broadband access for residents of public housing.”
Watch De Blasio’s comments above.