Attorney General Barr Announces Over 1,000 Arrested, More than 200 Charged in Operation Legend


No less than 217 people have been charged with a federal crime, and more than 1,000 arrests have been made in major cities since the Department of Justice launched Operation Legend back in July, US Attorney General William Barr announced.

Almost 400 firearms were seized by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in the raids.

Barr launched Operation Legend on July 8 as “a sustained, systematic and coordinated law enforcement initiative in which federal law enforcement agencies work together with state and local law enforcement officials to fight violent crime,” the DOJ said in a statement release.

The operation was named in honor of 4-year-old LeGend Taliferro, who was shot and killed as he slept, in the early morning of June 29 in Kansas City, Mo.  A Jackson County prosecutor last week announced second-degree murder charges against his suspected murderer, 22-year-old Ryson Ellis, who is being held in the Tulsa County Jail.

Charlie Kirk took to social media to celebrate.

“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,”  AG Barr said during a press conference in Kansas City. “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 mentioned that the federal government has sent to 9 US cities more than 1,000 additional agents from the FBI, ATF, Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. Marshals Service to work shoulder to shoulder with state and local law enforcement on homicide and assault squads to crack cases.

The federal government has additionally allocated $78.5 million in grants to support further police positions, hire more prosecutors and improve technology to solve firearms crimes.

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