Democrat Illinois State Representative, La Shawn Ford, turned to President Donald Trump for help after dozens died during a violent weekend in Chicago.
Over the weekend, more than 70 people were shot as part of an already violent summer. More than 1,700 people have been shot in Chicago this year. That number, shockingly, is down from last year.
Ford told Fox News interviewers during a rally against gun violence last week that he wanted the president to know that “not everyone believes Chicago is a Trump-free zone.”
After the violent weekend, Ford referred to the violence as a “genocide,” and called for the president to step in and end the bloodshed.
As a Democrat, I come [to Fox] today calling on the president. He said he wanted to help people in Chicago and I accept that help. That is number one. We have to receive the help from the president of the United States.
We are in a state of emergency in Chicago. Over 1,700 people have been shot since the beginning of the year and this weekend, you guys have noted the 63. Of those 63, three of the people that were shot steps from my church on the west side, one shot in the head and two others were critically wounded. Right steps from my church.
Ford acknowledged that the anti-violence rally earlier in the week aimed to “embarrass” Mayor Rahm Emanuel so that he would start working to curb the violence.
Additionally, Ford noted that the inaction of the Chicago Police force has caused a distrust to brew between citizens and the people that are supposed to protect them.
It’s clear that the Chicago Police Department is not trusted with the mass genocide that’s happening on the streets of Chicago. You can’t get the cooperation with the citizens and the community to help solve the crimes. In Chicago right now, police have more unsolved crimes than they do solve crimes.
You have to be fair, you have to be honest, and you have to make sure you are respecting the people you patrol.
Ford said, in the area he represents, “The government allows drugs and gangs to dominate those communities where senior citizens and children are hostages.”
“I know that in America, we go out in the international community and we help some of the communities that are the most violent,” said Ford. “I know that we can stop the violence in Chicago if we can stop the crime and make peace in the countries where I know that it is much more violent.”
As for Mayor Emanuel, Ford said, “He must take away the thought that Chicago is a Trump-free zone because taxpayers deserve to have the president come in bring resources to the community.”