Wednesday, August 19, 2020
AUTHORITIES TOUT OPERATION LEGEND SUCCESS IN KANSAS CITY WHILST HISTORIC HOMICIDE SPIKE PERSISTS!!!
The DOJ boss offered some encouraging stats today in a presser that was covered by media in Kansas City and throughout the nation .
Arrest totals related to homicide cases were the main talking point. Meanwhile, this cowtown continues to endure a murder spike over last year at a rate of 34.78%.
Sadly, just a few moments after the presser, authorities report another dead body located under suspicious circumstances in the Northland.
Nevertheless, the politics of Operation Legend are important inasmuch as protesters are forced to confront contradictory opposition to desperately needed public safety resources in the urban core whilst right-wing skeptics contend with their reactionary opposition to investment in community outreach and inner-city involvement.
Check the links . . .
Northeast News: AG Barr - Op Legend leads to 1,485 arrests in U.S. cities, 90 for homicides
Fox4: U.S. AG Bill Barr says Operation LeGend is working, ‘just getting started’ during KC visit
KSHB: Operation LeGend gives hope to mother seeking answers in son's death
Fox4: With AG Barr in charge, Operation LeGend will continue until KC crime drops, he says
Here's the whole thing for those who want to take a closer look . . .
In fairness, here's the word from the Feds without any commentary:
Attorney General William P. Barr Announces Updates on Operation Legend at Press Conference in Kansas City, Missouri
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – At a press conference in Kansas City, Missouri, today, Attorney General William P. Barr announced updates on Operation Legend
“Operation LeGend is working,” said U.S. Attorney Tim Garrison in introducing Attorney General Barr. “In just four weeks, it has resulted in the arrests of 18 homicide suspects and the seizure of over 70 illegal firearms. In June, Kansas City had more than three killings every four days. Since our announcement on July 8, that rate has been reduced to fewer than three killings every five days. There is much to be done, but to use the parlance of our day, we are flattening the curve in Kansas City.”
“We are grateful here in Kansas City for these additional resources,” added Garrison, who was joined by U.S. Attorneys from across the United States who have launched Operation LeGend in their districts, “and we are gratified to see Operation LeGend expand to other cities represented by my colleagues here.”
Since the operation’s launch, there have been more than 1,000 arrests, including defendants who have been charged in state and local courts. Of those arrests, approximately 217 defendants have been charged with federal crimes. These numbers exclude Indianapolis, whose operation was just announced last Friday. In addition, nearly 400 firearms have been seized by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
The Attorney General launched the operation on July 8, 2020, as a sustained, systematic and coordinated law enforcement initiative in which federal law enforcement agencies work in conjunction with state and local law enforcement officials to fight violent crime. The initiative is named in honor of four-year-old LeGend Taliferro, who was shot and killed while he slept early in the morning of June 29 in Kansas City.
Launched first in Kansas City, MO., on July 8, 2020, the operation was expanded to Chicago and Albuquerque on July 22, 2020, to Cleveland, Detroit, and Milwaukee on July 29, 2020, to St. Louis and Memphis on August 6, 2020, and to Indianapolis on August 14, 2020. A breakdown of the federal charges in each district is below.
Kansas City, MO.
43 defendants have been charged with federal crimes outlined below, with some defendants charged with multiple offenses. In addition to the federal charges, the operation has led to the arrests of 17 state defendants on homicide charges.
- 20 defendants have been charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm;
- 17 defendants have been charged with drug trafficking;
- Four defendants have been charged with being a drug user in possession of a firearm;
- Six defendants have been charged with being in possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking;
- Four defendants have been charged with being in possession of a firearm in furtherance of violent crime;
- One defendant has been charged with being a felon in possession of ammunition;
- Three defendants have been charged with armed robbery;
- One defendant has been charged with carjacking; and
- One defendant has been charged with arson.
Developing . . .