The Justice Department is moving to take action in order to fight the explosion in violent crime that has erupted in Democrat-controlled cites since the George Floyd riots.
In a Wednesday announcement, Attorney General William Barr officially launched the effort with “Operation Legend” which will kick off in crime-ridden Kansas City, an area that has seen a 40 percent increase in violent homicides this year.
The move comes after President Trump has made it clear that the federal government is ready to intervene in cities where Democrat officials have handcuffed police while letting criminals operate with impunity where they have waged a campaign of violence and terror against helpless citizens.
One of those citizens was 4-year-old LeGend Taliferro whose young life was cut short by a bullet while he was sleeping in his bed on June 29th in a tragic example of how little that black lives really matter to amoral Democrat politicians who are onboard with the de-fund the police movement.
Via Voice Of America News, “Operation Legend to Tackle Surge in Violent Crime in US”:
Days after an unusually violent weekend in Chicago left 17 dead – including two children – and 70 wounded, the Justice Department is launching Operation Legend, named for a toddler shot to death while he slept in his home in Kansas City.
“President Trump has made clear: the federal government stands ready and willing to assist any of our state and local law enforcement partners across the nation responding to violent crime,” Attorney General William Barr said Wednesday.
Barr said Operation Legend will combine the efforts of federal law enforcement agencies with state and local officials to fight what he said is the “sudden surge of violent crime.”
The initial efforts will be carried out in Kansas City, where 4-year-old LeGend Taliferro was shot in the face as he slept in his bed in his Kansas City home on June 29.
Witnesses say the bullet that killed LeGend came from gunfire outside his apartment house. Police say the building was targeted. Aside from surveillance video of a car that may have been involved, they have no further clues.
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany announced Operation Legend at the Wednesday press conference.
Here’s the official Justice Department statement:
Attorney General William P. Barr Announces Launch of Operation Legend
Today, Attorney General William P. Barr announced the launch of Operation Legend, a sustained, systematic and coordinated law enforcement initiative across all federal law enforcement agencies working in conjunction with state and local law enforcement officials to fight the sudden surge of violent crime, beginning in Kansas City, MO. Operation Legend was created as a result of President Trump’s promise to assist America’s cities that are plagued by recent violence.
Operation Legend is named after four-year-old LeGend Taliferro, who was shot and killed while he slept early in the morning of June 29 in Kansas City, the latest in a string violence to plague Kansas City in recent weeks. Kansas City has already reached 100 homicides this year, a 40 percent increase from last year.
“President Trump has made clear: the federal government stands ready and willing to assist any of our state and local law enforcement partners across the nation responding to violent crime. Operation Legend will combine federal and local resources to combat the disturbing uptick in violence by surging federal agents and other federal assets into cities like Kansas City, a city currently experiencing its worst homicide rate in its history,” said Attorney General Barr. “The Department’s Operation Legend is named in honor of one of Kansas City’s youngest victims, four-year old LeGend Taliferro who was shot in the face while sleeping in his bed. LeGend’s death is a horrifying reminder that violent crime left unchecked is a threat to us all and cannot be allowed to continue.”
As part of Operation Legend, Attorney General Barr directed federal agents from the FBI, U.S. Marshal Service, DEA and ATF to surge resources to Kansas City in the coming weeks to help state and local officials fight the surge of violent crime. They will be working alongside state and local law enforcement agencies. Department of Justice assets will include over 100 FBI agents, U.S. Marshals, DEA agents, and ATF agents.
In addition, Timothy A. Garrison, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri will be surging additional resources from his office to ensure he is able to handle an anticipated increase in prosecutions.
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