Trump says he is sending federal help to quell Chicago violence

Trump says he is sending federal help to quell Chicago violence

President Trump tweeted on Friday he will send federal resources to Chicago in order to quell the city’s violence.

 

Trump’s tweet comes after authorities confirmed to The Chicago-Sun Times reported that Trump had sent 20 agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to the city.

Twenty new ATF agents have joined a force of 35 to 40 agents who were already in the city, according to the report. 

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The agents are collaborating with the Chicago Police Department and the Illinois State Police on a strike force that will work to track down gun traffickers and solve shootings in the city with the help of ballistics technology.

Chicago police said Superintendent Eddie Johnson first met with Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsSessions defends Trump’s power to pardon without consulting Justice Dept GOP senator: 'We were there' on immigration before talks got derailed Sessions defends census citizenship question as 'common sense' MORE in March to discuss the strike force. 

Trump tweeted shortly after taking office in January that if city of Chicago did not fix the “carnage,” he would send in federal forces.

There have been 320 murders in Chicago so far this year. In 2016, Chicago experienced 760 killings, making it the deadliest year in the city in 20 years, according to the Times.