Jesse Jackson: Chicago Needs ‘Reconstruction,’ Not More Police to Stop Violence

Sunday on MSNBC’s “PoliticsNation,” Rainbow PUSH Coalition president Jesse Jackson said the Trump administration’s plan to assist Chicago with its gun violence epidemic would not work.

Jackson said, “It’s not just emergency, it’s more than that. This is an international scene of terrorism. Guns have been run in from across state lines, drugs are being trumpeted in from across international lines and jobs are going out to third world countries. So drugs in, guns in, jobs out. It takes more than 20 police to stop that. You cannot police poverty. Nine areas in Chicago where unemployment is 22%, poverty 40%, medium income $10,000 a year. They closed 50 public schools, and around those schools, the housing value went down, the businesses closed. So it’s a disaster zone. We need a plan for reconstruction.”

He added, “You can’t just give this kind of answer 20 police — 20 police cannot stop gun running from downstate Illinois and Kentucky coming across these borders, cannot stop the drug flow coming across the international board borders. This is a scene of international terrorism. This is what terrorism looks like. Children trying to study, afraid to go to school, afraid to go to the park, this is what international terrorism looks like at home.”

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