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President Trump expanding Justice Department’s Operation LeGend to Chicago, Albuquerque
KMBS News Staff, July 22, 2020:
All the tears flowing listening to these families speaking about losing family members due to rising crime violence. #OperationLegend
— Kylie Jane Kremer (@KylieJaneKremer) July 22, 2020
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump announced Wednesday an expansion of a federal law enforcement operation currently underway in Kansas City to the cities of Chicago, Illinois, and Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The operation – called Operation LeGend for 4-year-old LeGend Taliferro, who was killed when shots were fired into his Kansas City home as he slept – involves agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Marshals Service, Drug Enforcement Administration and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Trump said Operation LeGend surges resources into cities across the United States that are “experiencing a disturbing and unacceptable level of violent crime, including shootings and murder.”
— Inspired (@Palinspired) July 22, 2020
Authorities say that more than 225 federal law enforcement personnel have arrived in Kansas City to assist in curbing the violent crime that claimed Taliferro’s life.
Federal authorities have already made their first arrest in Kansas City – Monty W. Ray, 20, was charged Monday in federal court with being an unlawful drug user in possession of firearms. He remains in federal custody pending a detention hearing.
Sending federal agents to help localities is not uncommon. Attorney General William Barr announced a similar surge effort in December for seven cities that had seen spiking violence.
Trump and Barr were joined at the White House announcement Wednesday by Kansas City Police Chief Rick Smith, Taliferro’s family, Chicago-based U.S. Attorney John Lausch, according to his office, along with the U.S. attorney and the sheriff from Albuquerque, New Mexico.Chicago’s mayor, Lori Lightfoot, is not in favor of having federal officers in her city. A government official told ABC News that roughly 125-150 agents will be deployed to the Chicago region.
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