UPDATED 9:35 AM PT — Thursday, July 23, 2020
Attorney General William Barr recently joined President Trump to discuss expansions to ‘Operation Legend.’ On Wednesday, he reported the program has seen major success with 200 arrests made in Kansas City over the course of two weeks.
Barr said the death of George Floyd was the catalyst into widespread hatred of the police, which resulted in an increase in crime. The attorney general argued the most basic job of the government is to protect its citizens and ‘Operation Legend’ helps local authorities fulfill this role.
“We have initiated this program, Operation Legend, to step up the activity of our task forces, our anti crime task forces in the hard hit cities by committing more federal agents and supporting more state and local task force officers,” explained the attorney general.
The #FBI joins our law enforcement partners in announcing the expansion of Operation Legend, a coordinated law enforcement initiative in which federal, state, and local law enforcement officials work together to fight violent crime. https://t.co/fnypGPUgLL
— FBI (@FBI) July 22, 2020
President Trump said federal forces will be deployed to Albuquerque and Chicago as part of the program.