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Law enforcement officers investigate a crime scene near the border between the Morgan Park and West Pullman neighborhoods on July 7, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. Two ATF agents and one Chicago Police officer were shot as they worked undercover. (Photo by Kamil Krzaczynski/Getty Images)

Psaki: Chicago crime not going to turn on a dime

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the rising crime rate in cities such as Chicago would “not turn on a dime.” In a press briefing on Monday, Psaki was asked about the White House’s efforts to combat crime in the Windy City, citing 12 killings among around 70 people who were shot just over the weekend. 



Attorney General Merrick Garland, center, talks with John Lausch, the U.S. Attorney for the Northen District of Illinois, as they walk between youth baseball game held by the Chicago Westside Sports, a part of The Chicago Police Department's formed Police Athletic League, at Columbus Park in Chicago, Illinois, Thursday, July 22, 2021. Garland is vowing that the Justice Department will crack down on gun trafficking corridors as part of a comprehensive approach to combat surging gun violence. (Samuel Corum/Pool via AP)

DOJ to send gun trafficking strike forces to 5 U.S. cities

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland said his new Justice Department is focusing on five American cities to tackle illegal gun trafficking. On Thursday, while in Chicago, the official announced he’s sending gun trafficking strike forces to the Democrat-led cities of Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco and Washington D.C.