Following Donald Trump’s threat to deploy federal officers in her city and others, Democratic Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced her firm opposition.
“What we do not need, and what will certainly make our community less safe is secret, federal agents deployed to Chicago,” she wrote in a letter to the White House. “Any other form or militarized assistance within our borders that would not be within our control or within the direct command of the Chicago Police Department would spell disaster.”
Trump’s latest threat comes as he remains under fire for sending federal troops to Portland, and Lightfoot said she does not want Chicago to become a similar scene.
She said the unwelcome police forces are possibly “unfamiliar with the unique circumstances of our neighborhoods” and could exacerbate an already tense situation.
“Deploying resources like we have seen in Portland, Oregon, does not make residents safer, particularly when gun violence plays a significant role in Chicago’s loss of life,” Lightfoot wrote.