Tags: Chicago | US | Attorney

Holder: More Fed Money to Fight Chicago Violence

Image: Holder: More Fed Money to Fight Chicago Violence

Monday, 25 Nov 2013 11:50 PM

 

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

Attorney General Eric Holder announced in Chicago on Monday that the federal government would make more money available to help the nation's third largest city fight persistent street violence.

Holder made that pledge during brief comments at the ceremonial swearing-in for northern Illinois' new U.S. attorney, Zachary Fardon. Fardon has faced a chorus of calls from politicians to make gang, drug and gun crimes that underpin violence in Chicago his top priority.

In the prepared remarks to a federal courtroom packed with judges and lawmakers — including Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Illinois Sens. Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk — Holder did not specify how much money would be coming the city's way.

He alluded to long-running differences over how to bring down street violence in Chicago, saying, "This is simply not a time for institutional friction."

"We must be realistically impatient and results-demanding," he said.

Some of the disagreement has been between Fardon and Mayor Emanuel, who last month said prosecutors were doing a poor job enforcing federal gun laws in Chicago. Asked in an interview last week about Emanuel's comment, Fardon said, "I respectfully disagree."

In broad comments about where the federal help could be directed, Holder mentioned hiring new Chicago-based agents for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, or ATF. He said money could also be freed up to allow more beat officers to walk city streets.

Amid budgetary constraints imposed by Congress, at least some of the funds could come from assets convicted drug traffickers are forced to forfeit, said Holder.

Chicago's killings topped 500 last year — the first time it hit that mark since 2008. Though the homicide rate has declined in 2013, the slaying early this year of 15-year-old honor student Hadiya Pendleton a mile from President Barack Obama's South Side home put the issue of Chicago violence back in the national headlines.

After Monday's ceremony, Durbin, a Democrat, and Kirk, a Republican, heralded Holder's assurances about new money, despite the lack of specifics. The two lawmakers have been the most outspoken about the need for Fardon to focus on street violence.

"We are waiting for the details," Durbin said about Holder's announcement. "But this is good news for Chicago."

Fardon, 47, replaces Patrick Fitzgerald, who resigned from the high-profile post last year to enter private practice. As a then-assistant to Fitzgerald, Fardon helped convict former Illinois Gov. George Ryan of corruption in 2006.

In his remarks earlier Monday at his otherwise festive swearing-in, Fardon went out of his way to broach the challenge of changing the course of violent crime in Chicago — calling the issue "an elephant that's been in the room all year."

Stemming the persistently high number of homicides in Chicago would require the participation of the community, as well as municipal and federal agencies, Fardon said.

"It's a tall order. And so be it," he said. "We will succeed."


© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Midterm Elections Get a Yawn, but Not in Oregon

Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 12:37 PM

It's nearly as certain as Oregon's rainy season. When there's an election, voters in the state respond with an enthusias . . .

Ferguson Grand Jury Unusual in Many Ways

Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 12:29 PM

Not much is normal about the Missouri grand jury responsible for deciding whether to charge a suburban St. Louis police  . . .

New Mexico Spaceport Sets Sights on New Customers

Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 12:27 PM

There was a scramble to get everything ready for the launch of the world's first commercial flights from Spaceport Ameri . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved