Though outgoing Attorney General Bill Barr may have let President Trump down in regard to investigating allegations of voter fraud and election misconduct, Barr’s tenure was not entirely fruitless.
Case in point, Barr just revealed on Wednesday that the Justice Department’s Operation Legend, designed to crack down on violent crime in major US cities, resulted in more than 6,000 arrests since its launch this summer.
“Operation Legend removed violent criminals, domestic abusers, carjackers and drug traffickers from nine cities which were experiencing stubbornly high crime and took illegal firearms, illegal narcotics and illicit monies off the street,” Barr announced in a prepared statement.
“I commend our federal law enforcement and prosecutors for seamlessly executing this operation in partnership with state and local law enforcement,” Barr concluded.
Barr’s efforts to provide federal resources to work with local law enforcement officials to crack down on violence in crime-ridden US cities returned thousands of arrests and at least 400 murder charges.
Operation Legend was named in honor of 4-year-old LeGend Taliferro, who was murdered in his Kansas City, MO home while asleep. Ryson Ellis was arrested and charged with Taliferro’s murder in August, while Operation Legend was picking up speed.
Barr’s initiative was especially impactful considering the shocking spike in violence, rioting, and murders across the US over the summer. Barr announced his intention to step down from his position as AG earlier in December after reports that his relationship with the president had soured.