Democratic state Rep. La Shawn K. Ford criticized Chicago police on “Fox & Friends” Monday for their inability to keep order or solve crimes.
More than 1,700 people were shot since the beginning of this year, according to Ford, with 63 shot over the weekend.
“It is clear that the Chicago police department is not trusted with the mass genocide that’s happening on the streets of Chicago,” Ford said. “You can’t get the cooperation with the citizens in the community to help solve the crimes. Chicago right now, has more unsolved crimes than they do solved crimes. And so what we have to do is make sure that there is some trust between the Chicago police and the community and that’s not happening.”
Ford urged law enforcement to respect the people living within the affected communities and said President Donald Trump needs to step in and help.
“You have to be fair. You have to be honest. And you have to make sure that you’re respecting the people that you patrol,” Ford continued.
“I represent a community on the west side that the government allows drugs and gangs to dominate those communities where senior citizens and children are hostage. They’re held hostage in their homes. They’re held hostage in their community. And they can’t enjoy their liberties that are afforded to them by everyone else. And that’s unacceptable and we need the president’s help in Chicago.”
“We can’t let the criminals outsmart our most intelligent people in America,” he added. “We can stop this if we really wanted to.”
Ford said Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel needs to scale back his anti-Trump rhetoric and work with the White House if he wants to save the city.
“The mayor, he must take away the thought that Chicago is a Trump-free zone because taxpayers deserve to have the president come in and bring resources to the community,” Ford concluded.
“We need to make sure that the billions of dollars that we send to Washington comes back and the mayor should be working closely with Trump. He should be working closely with the Labor department. He should be working closely with the U.S. HUD, the surgeon general because here is so much trauma on the west and south sides of Chicago.”