By John Dempsey, WLS-AM 890 News
(CHICAGO) The Chicago Police department says Donald Trump is wrong, when he claims that someone in a high ranking police position told him they could eliminate the city’s crime problem by being tougher on citizens.
Trump made the claim Monday night in an interview on Fox News’ “O’Reilly Factor” , saying “When I was in Chicago I got to meet a couple of very top police. I said ‘How do you stop this, how do you stop this, if you were put in charge to a specific person, do you think you could stop it? He said ‘Mr. Trump, I’d be able to stop it in one week.’ And I believed him 100 percent. He wants to use tough police tactics.”
Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says no one in the department’s senior command structure has ever met with Trump or his campaign staff. Guglielmi told the Associated Press that
crime is best addressed by community policing and keeping illegal guns and repeat violent offenders off the street. As of Monday, homicides in Chicago totaled 441. That’s up from 296 at the same time last year.