In an announcement on Wednesday, Attorney General William Barr promoted the success of the Department of Justice’s “Operation Legend,” which kicked off in early July as a pushback against rising levels of violent crime in many American cities. The initiative, which was made necessary by Democrat leaders in these cities taking a backseat to anti-police protests and spiking crime rates, has secured more than 1,000 arrests and 217 federal charges since it began a little over a month ago. Barr said that nearly 400 illegal firearms have also been seized by the ATF.
Barr said there was no single factor behind the rising crime rates, but he blamed “pent up aggression prompted by state and local quarantine orders” as one possible instigator. Barr said that “the premature release of dangerous criminals by the courts and prosecutors,” was another factor playing a role in the spike. But mostly, he said, efforts “to demonize police and defund their work” were undoubtedly driving the out-of-control violence.
“Operation Legend is the heart of the federal government’s response to this upturn in violent crime. Its mission is to save lives, solve crimes and take violent offenders off the streets before they can claim more victims,” Barr said. “Rather than demonizing and defunding our police, we are supporting and strengthening our law enforcement partners at the state and local level.”
Barr initiated Operation Legend after 4-year-old LeGend Taliferro was shot and killed in Kansas City, Missouri on June 29. In his announcement, Barr pointed to the arrest of LeGend’s killer as a strike against the forces of mayhem.
“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 said. “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 said that increased federal intervention helped bring LeGend’s killer into custody.
“We saw one result of those efforts last week when Kansas City Police arrested the suspected murderer of LeGend,” Barr said. “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.”
At a time when Democrats have abdicated their responsibility to keep the streets safe, let us be glad we have an attorney general willing to take the reins.
Now imagine what Joe Biden’s AG would do…