AG Barr just announced more than 1,000 arrests. At least two hundred involved federal crimes. And our trusted Attorney General is just getting started.
Unfortunately, in this world of #DefundThePolice, there are consequences tied to the leftist actions. And a crime wave is top of that list.
It’s no secret, Obama sent the ball rolling with his war on police that started more than a decade ago. And the media compounded the growing hatred. They intentionally shined light on only the bad cops. More, they only featured the injustices against the black people. As such, Trump stepped into a three ring circus where illusions stamped out the realities.
Now, the rising tensions continue to convert our municipalities into war zones. Every corner of this country in under fire. And while Barr stays on top of the Durham investigation, he remains balanced in his duties as America’s top prosecutor. Sadly, the tragic death of a four year old prompted the Department of Justice to take over.
According to Fox News:
At least 217 people have been charged with a federal crime, and more than 1,000 arrests have been made in major metropolitan cities since the Department of Justice launched Operation Legend in July, U.S. Attorney General William Barr announced on Wednesday.
Nearly 400 firearms have been seized by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Barr launched Operation Legend on July 8 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 DOJ said in a release.
It was named in honor of 4-year-old LeGend Taliferro, who was shot and killed while he slept in the early morning of June 29 in Kansas City, Mo. Last week, a Jackson County prosecutor announced second-degree murder charges against his suspected killer, 22-year-old Ryson Ellis, who was being held in Tulsa County Jail.
“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 at 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 said the federal government has dispatched to nine U.S. 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 partners on homicide and assault squads to crack cases.
RE-Fund the Police
The Trump Administration isn’t taking this civil unrest lightly. While big cities are slashing law enforcement budgets, the President understands the crisis brewing. Already, his administration allocated $78.5 million in grant funds. This money is available to put more officers on the street, hire prosecutors, and even provide improved technology to analyze and solve gun crimes.
Did Obama value the role law enforcement plays in our society? Or did he fan the flames anytime conflict reared its ugly head? Because I can’t recall a single instance where Obama put the police as a priority. Nor did he seem to tackle real crime. Especially black on black crime, which we know is the greatest danger to the black community.
In fact, show me where Obama made any effort to support law enforcement?! Because if it happened, I clearly missed it.
But under Trump, AG Barr is making all the right moves.
“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.”
The spike in violent crime, according to Barr, may have a lot of reasons, including the “pent up aggression prompted by state and local quarantine orders,” the premature release of dangerous criminals by the courts and prosecutors, and the efforts “to demonize police and defund their work.”
Imagine that. Locking people in their houses under the ruse of a killer virus leads to pent up aggression? There’s a thought.
Back to the AG:
“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.
First launched in Kansas City, Operation Legend expanded to Chicago and Albuquerque on July 22, to Cleveland, Detroit and Milwaukee on July 29, to St. Louis and Memphis on Aug. 6, and to Indianapolis on Aug. 14.
The latest figures on charges and arrests do not include Indianapolis, whose operation was first announced last Friday. The arrests of more than 1,000 people include those charged in state and local courts.
In Kansas City, a total of 43 defendants have been charged with federal crimes. Sixty-one have been charged with federal charges in Chicago, 16 in Albuquerque, 32 in Cleveland, 22 in Detroit, 11 in Milwaukee, 25 in St. Louis, and 7 in Memphis, Tenn.
The logistics of who faces which charge might read a little on the boring side. But who cares how it looks on paper. What matters is what we see in the streets. And thanks to Operation Legend, what we see is the return of safety and security. Leftists prefer to defund the police. Barr prefers for us to sleep well at night. Which side would you rather be on?