Operation Legend Snags Over 200 Perps
Barr touts early success against surging violent crime in America's major cities.
More than 1,000 individuals have been arrested since the Justice Department launched Operation Legend last month. Thus far, Attorney General William Barr announced on Wednesday, 200 have been charged with federal crimes in the nationwide anti-crime operation named for LeGend Taliferro, the four-year-old Kansas City boy who was killed in June while he slept.
“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,” Barr stated. “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 noted that at least 60 individuals have been charged in Chicago alone, where at least 150 federal agents are working with local law enforcement. Also of import, Barr stated, “We saw one result of those efforts last week when Kansas City police arrested the suspected murderer of LeGend. 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.”
The Washington Times reports that “the program also has allocated $78.5 million in grants to fund additional police positions, more prosecutors and improve technology to solve gun crimes.”
In the midst of the ongoing riots currently roiling some of America’s largest cities and protests calling for the defunding of police, it’s good to see that President Donald Trump’s administration is hard at work addressing the surge in violence. The vast majority of Americans reject the ridiculous notion that the Rule of Law should be suspended in the face of anti-police protests.