Chicago has been at the epicenter of violence and protests sparked by the death of George Floyd.
Now, America’s third-largest city is potentially expecting dozens of federal agents to be dispatched following a plan by President Donald Trump.
The plan emerged after days of protests over a statue of Christopher Columbus turned into a chaotic scene between police officers and protestors.
The chaos included police swinging batons and demonstrators hurling frozen water bottles, fireworks, and other projectiles at officers.
On Tuesday, a neighborhood was sent into a frenzy when bullets rang out from a car passing a gang member’s funeral.
The incident wounded 15 people and sent dozens running for safety. Tension in Chicago has grown enormously to a level that, if not unprecedented, has not been felt in quite some time.
“I’ve never seen things worse in this city than they are right now,” said the Rev. Michael Pfleger, a Roman Catholic priest and longtime activist on the city’s South Side.
Much of the strain stems from the fact that it remains unclear exactly what the federal officers will do here.
The plan seems to be a repeat of what happened in Kansas City, Missouri, where the administration sent officers to help quell violence after the shooting death of a young boy.