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The Chicago Police Department has unveiled new high-tech strategies and equipment for fighting crime as the city deals with increases in homicides and gang violence.

  

The rollout Wednesday came the same day the department announced there were 51 homicides in January and about a week after President Donald Trump tweeted he would "send in the Feds" if the city's violence problems don't improve.

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Donald Trump made a tweet Tuesday night singling out Chicago crime.  

The President said that if Chicago doesn't "fix the horrible 'carnage' going on" he would "send in the feds."  He further claims that Chicago had 228 shootings in 2017 so far.  Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson responded late Tuesday, saying he's more than willing to form partnerships with the Justice department, Justice, FBI, DEA, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. 

Joaquin "El Chapo'' Guzman is no longer Chicago’s Public Enemy Number One.  The alleged Mexican drug lord received the designation in 2013 from the Chicago Crime Commission.  

At the time, he was on the lam in Mexico and accused of smuggling drugs into the city via his Sinaloa cartel. Officials claim these drugs contributed to an increase in violence and social ills.  The commission removed the designation Wednesday.  

Guzman is only the second individual to be named "Public Enemy Number One."  The first was notorious gangster Al Capone.    

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A group of Chicago-area legislators are once again planning to push for tougher gun laws.

It comes the wake of last year’s increase in violence in parts of the city. State Representative Mike Zalewski says the proposal would force judges to impose longer prison sentences on people who carry guns illegally, or carefully explain their reasoning if they choose not to.The Riverside Democrat says the idea is to make court decisions more transparent. 

“Judges will be guided by the fact that the General Assembly wishes you to take your time on these cases," he said.  

Last year, there were 24 instances in which Chicago officers fired their weapons and hit someone. It's the lowest number since the Independent Police Review Authority started keeping track in 2008.

 

Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson credits expanded training.

 

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