Chicago Police Refute Trump’s Claim He Talked To Commanders

Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) – Chicago police are debunking Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s claim that department officials told him they can reduce crime by being tougher.

During a Monday interview on Fox News’ “O’Reilly Factor,” Trump said Chicago’s police force doesn’t have “the right people in charge.” He added he met “very top police” who told him if a specific person were put in charge, violence could be stopped “in one week.”

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says no one in the department’s senior command structure has ever met with Trump or his campaign staff.

Guglielmi said crime is best addressed by community policing and keeping illegal guns and repeat violent offenders off the street.

As of Monday, homicides in Chicago totaled 441. That’s up from 296 at the same time last year.

(Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Follow us on Twitter | Like us on Facebook

Comments

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More From CBS St. Louis

Live Inspired
KMOX Podcasts

Listen Live