Attorney General Bill Barr announced on Wednesday that the Justice Department is making serious moves to drop the hammer on rising crime rates in American cities.
Operation Legend — named in honor of four-year-old LeGend Taliferro who was fatally shot in his bed last month — will coordinate federal law enforcement with state and local law enforcement to quell the rising crime and violence in Kansas City, Missouri.
“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,” Barr said in his announcement.
Barr explained that Operation Legend is part of the White House’s broader plan to “assist America’s cities that are plagued by recent violence.”
Amid calls to defund the police, the Justice Department is ratcheting up law enforcement presence and cooperation in U.S. cities experiencing spiking crime rates.
“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,” Barr said.
Barr has directed FBI, DEA, ATF, and U.S. Marshal Service officers to combat violent crime in Kansas City. “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,” Barr explained.
According to local news outlet KMBC, “The city has recorded 100 homicides so far in 2020, which is a 40% increase over last year.”