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Trump, Eddie And The Politics Of Hypothetical Police Reform: DNAinfo Radio

By Mark Konkol | August 30, 2016 7:52am | Updated on August 31, 2016 10:48am
 Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump (l) and Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump (l) and Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson
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CHICAGO — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said in a Tweet that he knows how to fix Chicago's shooting problem in week. His plan: Use "tough police tactics."

Then, Police Supt. Eddie Johnson — the top cop handpicked by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a supporter of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton whether she likes it or not — asked the Republican presidential nominee, in an unfortunate choice of words, to identify which "magic bullet" might "stop this violence."

It's probably the best example of the state of criminal justice reform in Chicago — hypothetical and vague with a dash of unintentionally inappropriate sarcasm.

Listen to DNAinfo Radio's Matt Bubala and Writer-at-Large Mark Konkol talk about how Trump and Johnson illustrate how politics stands in the way of reform.