President Donald J. Trump administration is expanding its federal law enforcement duties to including the crime-ridden areas of Indianapolis, Indiana who is experiencing a shocking increase in violent crimes.
The US Department of Justice released a statement Friday:
“The expansion of Operation Legend was announced in Indianapolis. Operation Legend is a sustained, systematic and coordinated law enforcement initiative in which federal law enforcement agencies work in conjunction with state and local law enforcement officials to fight violent crime. The Operation was first launched on July 8 in Kansas City, MO., and expanded on July 22, 2020, to Chicago and Albuquerque, to Cleveland, Detroit, and Milwaukee on July 29, 2020, and to St. Louis and Memphis on August 6, 2020.”
Operation Legend is named in honor of four-year-old LeGend Taliferro, who was shot and killed while he slept early in the morning of June 29 in Kansas City. The man believed to be responsible was arrested Thursday.
Prosecutors say we now know who shot and killed four-year-old Legend Taliferro. LeGend’s mom said, “I'm grateful to begin this journey for justice.” Ryson Ellis is charged with second degree murder, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon. Update on @KCTV5 10PM pic.twitter.com/MagL4N7qW4
— Emily Rittman KCTV5 (@EmilyRittman) August 14, 2020
According to the press release, “The most basic responsibility of government is to protect the safety of our citizens,” said Attorney General William P. Barr. “Today, we have extended Operation Legend to Indianapolis, a city experiencing an increase in violent crime that no resident of that city should have to accept as part of everyday life. For decades, the Department of Justice has achieved significant success when utilizing our anti-violent crime task forces and federal law enforcement agents to enforce federal law and assist American cities that are experiencing upticks in violent crime. The Department of Justice’s assets will supplement local law enforcement efforts, as we work together to take the shooters and chronic violent criminals off of our streets.”
Attorney General Barr has directed the ATF, FBI, DEA, and U.S. Marshals Service in Indianapolis to dedicate resources to Operation Legend to help state and local officials fight high levels of violent crime, particularly gun violence.
Indianapolis is experiencing a significant increase in violent crime, with homicides currently up more than 51% and non-fatal shootings up more than 34%.
WATCH LIVE: U.S. attorney, other officials announce "Operation Legend" to target gun violence in Indianapolis https://t.co/xpvngALxgo
— FOX59 News (@FOX59) August 14, 2020
In Indianapolis, the Department of Justice will supplement state and local law enforcement agencies by dedicating 40 federal investigators to Operation Legend for 45 days. The Department of Homeland Security will also make 17 agents available. Under the leadership of Joshua J. Minkler, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, these investigators will complement the work already underway by existing joint federal, state and local task forces focused on combating violent gangs, gun crime, and drug trafficking organizations.
AG Barr: "Today, we have extended Operation Legend to Indianapolis, a city experiencing an increase in violent crime that no resident of that city should have to accept as part of everyday life." https://t.co/TvoRIxS7Q8
— White House Rapid Response (@WHRapidResponse) August 14, 2020
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