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Chicago's Police Aren't 'Overly Politically Correct'

President Trump’s assumption that law-enforcement officers in Chicago are too restrained gets the city’s challenges precisely backward.

Source: Andrew Nelles / Reuters

On Wednesday, the president of the United States threatened Chicago with federal intervention if it fails to bring down its homicide numbers. Mangling recent homicide statistics, President Trump said he would “send in the Feds” if Chicago did not  “fix the horrible ‘carnage’ going on.”

Later, in an interview with ABC News’s David Muir, Trump elaborated on his threat. The nature of Trump’s contemplated intervention remains unclear, but the president offered a hypothesis for why Chicago is facing so much deadly violence.

“Now if they want

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