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FBI to hit Chicago streets to combat gangs: Sneed scoop

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MICHAEL SNEED

Sneed has learned that the feds plan to dispatch 65 FBI agents to the streets in high-crime areas on the South and West Sides in an all-out battle against gang crime.

The 65 feds are part of a group of 100 Chicago agents already assigned to curb gang and violent crimes.

“This is a new tactic the FBI is using in fighting crime,” an FBI spokeswoman said, “by working in a concentrated area and a concentrated time on the street — although the FBI has been working hand in hand and day in and day out with the police department.”

A top police source tells Sneed the FBI agents, who will be working in tandem with the Chicago Police Department, will be assigned to do gang suppression missions on Thursdays and Fridays for at least the next three to four weeks.

“It’s mind-boggling,” the top police source said. “It’s almost unheard of.”

“I thought the mayor and the police superintendent had said they don’t need more police on the streets,” the source added.

FBI to hit Chicago streets to combat gangs: Sneed scoop