Attorney General Bill Barr’s Operation LeGend, named after a four-year-old boy who was shot to death as he slept during the riots in Kansas City, Missouri, has yielded more than 200 people charged with federal crimes and more than 1,000 arrests since its launch on July 8.
“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.”
More than 1,000 additional agents from the FBI, ATF, Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. Marshals Service have partnered with local law enforcement to protect federal property and arrest those breaking federal laws during civil unrest in major U.S. cities.
Barr announced that the four-year-old’s alleged killer was arrested during the operation, and blamed the ongoing rioting on “pent up aggression prompted by state and local quarantine orders,” the release of prisoners by many cities during the pandemic, and the efforts “to demonize police and defund their work.”
Besides Kansas City, the operation has also made arrests in Cleveland, Detroit, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Memphis and Indianapolis.
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