Trump, Barr Formally Announce Operation Legend

Wednesday afternoon, President Trump and Attorney General Barr formally announced the implementation of Operation Legend, a federal law enforcement effort designed to beef up safety in high-crime neighborhoods in cities around the country that are being terrorized by failed Democrat leadership.

A formal announcement was held at the White House, with the President delivering remarks:

This is why the Democrats have been so irrational in demonizing the activities of federal LEOs in Portland over the past two weeks: They want Americans to think that Operation Legend – which has already been ongoing since July 8 in Kansas City – is somehow an illegitimate exercise of presidential authority.

It isn’t. But as with everything else, Democrats are focused on politicizing an effort that is designed to rectify their own failures.

Here is a statement detailing the program released by the Department of Justice today:

Department of Justice
Office of Public Affairs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Attorney General William P. Barr Joins President Donald J. Trump to Announce Expansion of Operation Legend

Originally launched in Kansas City, MO., additional cities include Chicago and Albuquerque

Today, Attorney General William P. Barr joined President Donald J. Trump to announce the expansion of Operation Legend to Chicago and Albuquerque.  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, Missouri, 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 first federal arrest under Operation Legend was announced on July 20.

“The most basic responsibility of government is to protect the safety of our citizens,” said Attorney General Barr.  “Today, we have extended Operation Legend to Chicago and Albuquerque to protect the residents of those cities from senseless acts of deadly violence by targeting those involved in gang activity and those who use guns to commit violent crime.  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 which 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.”

As part of Operation Legend, Attorney General Barr directed the FBI, U.S. Marshals Service, DEA, and ATF to significantly increase resources into Chicago and Albuquerque in the coming weeks to help state and local officials fight high levels of violent crime, particularly gun violence.  Chicago is currently experiencing a significant increase in violent crime, with homicides currently up 51 percent over 2019.  Over the weekend of July 17, more than 60 people were shot in the city of Chicago, with 14 fatalities.  Similarly, Albuquerque is currently on pace to break 2019’s record for homicides in the city.  On the weekend of July 10, there were four murders in Albuquerque within a 24-hour period.

In Chicago, the Department of Justice will supplement state and local law enforcement agencies by sending over 100 federal investigators from the FBI, DEA, and ATF to the city.  Under the leadership of John R. Lausch Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, these investigators will complement the work already underway by existing joint federal, state and local task forces focused on combating Chicago’s violent gangs, gun crime, and drug trafficking organizations.  The investigatory efforts will be advanced by more than 100 members of the U.S. Marshals Service Great Lakes Task Force, which will direct violent fugitive apprehension operations within Chicago to identify wanted gang members, violent criminals, and firearms violators.  The Department of Homeland Security’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) are also committing at least 100 agents, already stationed in Chicago, to Operation Legend.  HSI agents will conduct investigations into gangs, narcotics traffickers, violent offenders, and firearms traffickers.

To further support the Chicago Police Department in reducing violent crime, ATF has deployed its national Crime Gun Intelligence Mobile Command Vehicle to assist local law enforcement with analysis of crime scenes and spent shell casings through the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN).  ATF will also make available additional resources to assist the City of Chicago in providing timely, efficient analysis of ballistic evidence from shootings in order to quickly disrupt violent criminals and prosecute those prohibited from possessing firearms under federal law.

The Bureau of Justice Assistance will make available $3.5 million in funding to reimburse the Chicago Police Department and City of Chicago for the work of local law enforcement on the federal task forces supporting Operation Legend’s violent crime reduction efforts.  The COPS Office has also made $9.375 million available to the Chicago Police Department to fund the hiring of 75 officers.

In Albuquerque, the Department of Justice will supplement state and local law enforcement agencies by sending more than 25 federal investigators from the FBI, DEA, and ATF to the city.  Under the leadership of John C. Anderson, U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico, these federal investigators will work closely with the Albuquerque Police Department and the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department, along with other local partners, through pre-existing task forces directed at combatting violent crimes.  Up to ten HSI agents will assist with the efforts in Albuquerque, as well.

The Department of Justice has also made available over $1.5 million in COPS Hiring Grants to the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department to onboard five deputies and to support additional federal task force officers committed to violent crime reduction efforts.  Additionally, the COPS Office has made $9.74 million available to the Albuquerque Police Department to fund the hiring of 40 officers.  Separately, the Bureau of Justice Assistance has made available $1.4 million to reimburse the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office and Albuquerque Police Department for the work of local law enforcement on the federal task forces supporting Operation Legend’s violent crime reduction efforts.  The Department has also provided assistance through the Joint Law Enforcement Operations (JLEO) fund to assist reimbursement of local law enforcement serving as federal task force officers with FBI, ATF, DEA, and the U.S. Marshals Service.  These JLEO funds also will be used to assist the City of Albuquerque in acquiring technology used for detection of gunshots and development of an integrated response plan to gunshots by local law enforcement.

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God Bless Donald Trump. Pray for the success of this program.

That is all.

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12 thoughts on “Trump, Barr Formally Announce Operation Legend

  1. phineas gage - July 22, 2020

    The tricky part will be to be disciplined and controlled. The Left desperately wants their Kent State moment and will do almost anything to get it.

    1. Gregg - July 22, 2020

      Messy as Kent State was, it stopped the college campus riots,

      1. phineas gage - July 22, 2020

        That it did. But it was a powerful propaganda tool for the Left, to this day.

  2. Gregg - July 22, 2020

    Great! What about the Portlands, the Seattles, and NYC etc?

    I hope for success too, but how long before the lawsuits, and injunctions? It would be pretty tought for a leftist judge to block this, but they have done some mighty screwy things in the era of Trump. Wouldn’t put anything past them, but at some point the mayors in most of these blue cities will be forced to beg Trump and the Feds for help. They have really painted themselves into a corner because of their hatered of Trump. With all the early retirements and other work force slowdowns in theor PDs, the blue mayors will have no place to turn when they finally want to restore law and order. They let this genie out of the bottle, and for the most part Trump is letting them try to stuff it back in.

    I hope he makes them all beg for assistance, and that he forces real apologies and possible resignations for their criminal incopentence. 4D Chess,

  3. DA Seel - July 22, 2020

    Quote of the day!
    Check this out. 18 U.S. Code 2101 – Riots law.cornell.edu
    “Whoever travels in interstate or foreign commerce or uses any facility of interstate or foreign commerce including, but not limited to, the mail, telegraph, telephone, radio or tv, with intent- to riot, or organize promote, encourage participate in or carry on a riot, or commit any acts of violence in furtherance of a riot, or to aid or abet any person in inciting or participating in or carrying on a riot or committing any act of violence in furtherance of a riot et, shall be fined, prosecuted and convicted”

  4. Jimmy MacAfee - July 22, 2020

    Mayor Clovenfoot of Chitcago will be braying and naying and at some point will be forced to step down because of her petulant, irrational behavior – not just the usual stuff, but some materials that will arise when staffers suddenly “remember” where they hid their recording(s) of her rantings, ravings and ragings.

    She would be smart to sit down and let the feds do their work, maybe even saying something positive. Chitcago is unforgiving, ruthless and dirty. She’s just a dirty little goat with a big mouth, pissing off people she doesn’t even know.

    She should be wary of scary people;. Chitcago has a lot of them. Failing to do her job, causing the feds to come in, bringing unwanted scrutiny…I’d say she’s getting ready for a river ride.

    1. Gregg - July 22, 2020

      I think that is what most of us have been saying and thinking for years; virtually none of these pols and media types are so squeaky clean that they can withstand 1/10 of the scrutiny that President Trump has endured.

      And that is why many here and elsewhere are so unhappy about how slowly the Obamagate investigation has progressed. Most all these people of both parties have many skeletons in their closets and their empires are built on a house of cards propped up by our Goebbels style media.

      Trump is the disrupter and that is why he is so hated, along with the fact that he can’t be bought off by the ‘club’ – and there is really only one official club that runs DC and most state capitols and big blue cities.

  5. Jimmy MacAfee - July 22, 2020

    On another positive note (it’s fun to watch the enemy self-immolate!)

    https://www.outkick.com/do-fans-have-to-wear-masks-at-nfl-games/

    That’ll help the already sparse attendance! Go get ’em Roger! Empty stadiums are now more entertaining than the game itself!

  6. Van - July 22, 2020

    I rather Trump’s message be, “If you want to be safe, prosperous, and have a good life – flee democrat cities”.

    Let them burn for all I care. It’s their problem. No fed money, no help.

    1. Jimmy MacAfee - July 23, 2020

      It’s like watching an evil enemy dying slowly – there’s a certain sadness, a sincere hope that they’ve repented, but no wistful wishing that they’ll recover, only to commit more evil another day.

  7. D3F1ANT - July 22, 2020

    The only thing I want to hear from the Merry Bagpiper is that he’s indicting the insurrectionists at the FBI…but that’s the only tune he didn’t learn.

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