No less than 217 people have been charged with a federal crime, and more than 1,000 arrests have been made in major cities since the Department of Justice launched Operation Legend back in July, US Attorney General William Barr announced on Wednesday.
Almost 400 firearms were seized by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in the raids.
Barr launched Operation Legend on July 8 as “a sustained, systematic and coordinated law enforcement initiative in which federal law enforcement agencies work together with state and local law enforcement officials to fight violent crime,” the DOJ said in a statement release.
The operation was named in honor of 4-year-old LeGend Taliferro, who was shot and killed as he slept, in the early morning of June 29 in Kansas City, Mo. A Jackson County prosecutor last week announced second-degree murder charges against his suspected murderer, 22-year-old Ryson Ellis, who is being held in the Tulsa County Jail.
Charlie Kirk took to social media to celebrate.
Bill Barr just charged 200 people with federal crimes and made 1,000 arrests of Domestic Terrorists during Operation Legend
Democrat Mayors refused to do their jobs and keep cities safe.
RT if you're thankful for President Trump and AG Barr for restoring Law & Order!
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) August 19, 2020
“LeGend is a symbol of the many hundreds of innocent lives that have been taken in the recent upsurge of crime in many of our urban areas,” AG Barr said during a press conference in Kansas City. “His life mattered and the lives of all of those victims matter. His name should be remembered and his senseless death, like those of all the other innocent victims in this recent surge, should be unacceptable to all Americans.”
Barr mentioned that the federal government has sent to 9 US cities more than 1,000 additional agents from the FBI, ATF, Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. Marshals Service to work shoulder to shoulder with state and local law enforcement on homicide and assault squads to crack cases.
The federal government has additionally allocated $78.5 million in grants to support further police positions, hire more prosecutors and improve technology to solve firearms crimes.
“We saw one result of those efforts last week when Kansas City Police arrested the suspected murderer of LeGend,” Barr said. “This arrest will not bring LeGend back but it will make his case an example of how we can come together to take violent criminals off the street and to make our communities safer.”
According to Barr, the rise in violent crime may have a lot of causes, together with the “pent up aggression prompted by state and local quarantine orders,” the premature release of dangerous criminals by the courts and prosecutors, and the efforts “to demonize police and defund their work.”
“Operation Legend is the heart of the federal government’s response to this upturn in violent crime. Its mission is to save lives, solve crimes and take violent offenders off the streets before they can claim more victims,” Barr said. “Rather than demonizing and defunding our police, we are supporting and strengthening our law enforcement partners at the state and local level.”
First launched in Kansas City, Operation Legend expanded out to Albuquerque and Chicago on July 22, then to Cleveland, Detroit and Milwaukee on July 29, and to St. Louis and Memphis on Aug. 6, and finally in Indianapolis on Aug. 14.
The most recent numbers on charges and arrests don’t include Indianapolis, since that operation was first announced just last Friday. The arrests of over 1,000 people include those charged in state and local courts.
In Kansas City, 43 defendants have been charged with federal crimes. Sixty-one people were charged with federal crimes in Chicago, 16 in Albuquerque, 32 in Cleveland, 22 in Detroit, 11 in Milwaukee, 25 in St. Louis, and seven in Memphis, Tenn.
The charges that have been levied consist of illegal possession of a firearm, possession with intent to distribute controlled substances or narcotics, drug trafficking, theft, carjacking, bank robbery, illegal re-entry of an alien in connection with a widespread drug conspiracy, and making false statements to licensed firearm dealers.
The federal government took a whole lot of bad guys off the streets. I’m sure local law enforcement are happy, even if their Democrat politicians are not.
Rich is syndicated opinion columnist for David Harris Jr. and owner of Maga-Chat.com. He writes about politics, culture, liberty and faith.
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