Only days after Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel asked for federal agents and U.S. Marshals to help
combat the city's wave of violence, about 50 Chicago police officers have arrived in Charlotte to work perimeter security details for a week at the Democratic National Convention.
Chicago police union
officials questioned the use of officers in Charlotte.
"We had two homicides and dozens of shootings this weekend, and we're sending offices out of the city?" said Pat Camden, a spokesperson for the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police. "I think the average person would shake his head
Last Friday, Mayor Emanuel and Chicago police superintendent Garry McCarthy publicly asked for federal help in targeting neighborhoods that have been hit hardest by the city's wave of violence.
Chicago's homicide rate is about 31 percent higher than last year
, with 346 reported killings as of August 19, according to figures provided by the Chicago police.
The police union has been critical of Mayor Emanuel
, a prominent figure in the Democratic party and former White House chief of staff, for substantial reductions in the police budget. "We've had about a thousand officers retire over the last two years and only about 200 have been hired to replace them," said Camden, the Fraternal Order of Police spokesperson.