Jesse Jackson Urges Obama to Come to Chicago

Jesse Jackson Urges Obama to Come to Chicago

At a press conference on Saturday, Rev. Jesse Jackson asked President Obama to come to Chicago and initiate a federal intervention to address the increasing number of deadly shootings in the beleaguered city.

Jackson was speaking prior to a march in memory of gun violence victims in the city and said that Chicago is in the midst of a unique crisis and that Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the police department need help. Some are calling for assistance from the coast guard.

Jackson says a visit from Obama to the area would show “ultimate national seriousness.” 157 shootings and 42 homicides have already occurred in Chicago since 2013 began. Chicago surpassed 500 murders last year.

Source: ABC.