US attorney says more staff, resources on Chicago violence

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago-based U.S. attorney says prosecuting cases tied to gun violence is a top priority and that his office has new resources to pursue them.

John Lausch, who was appointed by President Donald Trump, told reporters Wednesday that more Chicago federal prosecutors are dedicated to violent-crime cases than ever. He said that includes 12 additional prosecutors over the past year. Among them, five were assigned recently to a gun-crimes team. Prosecutors not focused on violent crime full time also handle such cases.

Lausch said he didn’t want to suggest they’ve “got the problem licked” and that he knows there’s “a lot of work to do.”

Trump has often highlighted Chicago’s homicide rate, once tweeting he was ready to “send in the Feds” to “fix” what he called “the horrible carnage.”