The federal government through Operation Legend will “reverse” the influx of violence in Chicago, which has made more than 500 arrests and charged 124 people with federal criminal charges since its inception, officials said.
U.S. Attorney William Barr said at a press conference Wednesday morning in Windy City that the federal program has helped reduce Chicago’s homicide rate to a minimum “at any time” since April, reducing rate “almost half since before the operation..”
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“The results of those actions speak for themselves: in the first five weeks of Operation Legend in Chicago, homicides fell by 50% over the past five weeks. August saw a 45% drop in deaths compared to in July, and a 35% decrease compared to June, “he said.
At least 400 federal agents have been assigned to the city of Illinois as part of Operation Legend – nearly 200 of whom are already working there but whose duties have been repurposed, and the rest deployed from elsewhere – and more than a thousand in total were shipped. nationwide.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot, a Democrat, and Chicago Police Superintendent David O. Brown did not attend the press conference on Wednesday, although they were invited, Barr said.
Barr added that the drop in the Chicago murder rate was not only attributed to Operation Legend but said: “I believe it was an integral part of that collapse.”
“The success of Operation Legend is probably the most dramatic here in Chicago,” Barr said. “When the operation was announced on July 22, city killings reached 51% compared to 2019. Last weekend, more than 60 people were shot dead in Chicago, with more than a dozen dead.”
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, despite the decline in violence in August, homicides have actually risen 50% so far this year compared to last.
Nationwide, more than 2,500 people have been arrested and 600 are facing federal charges.
“Bringing federal charges is important because defendants arrested for violent crime are often incarcerated before trial, unlike state defendants who are released too often,” he said. “In addition, federal defendants are facing serious sentences if convicted, with a real possibility of long-term imprisonment … knowing that, many of those arrested are cooperating with the government and lead to more violent offenders.”
Operation Legend is an ongoing government effort to combat the rising crime rate in parts of the country, officials announced Wednesday.
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The operation began in July, shortly after 4-year-old LeGend Taliferro, named after the program, was seriously injured in Kansas City, Mo., while he was asleep after being hit by a bullet that was aimed at another person .
“The escalating violence that engulfed Chicago and other cities prompted the department to launch Operation Legend two months ago in Kansas City, Mo.,” Barr continued. “The purpose of the operation was to clarify that his life was important, his name should be remembered and other innocent victims like him, including the 8-year-old girl who was killed in Chicago on Labor Day, were should not suffer such a pointless death. “
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In addition to Kansas City, where it began, Operation Legend has expanded to eight cities: Albuquerque, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, Memphis, Milwaukee and St. Louis.
Barr said violent crime in the City of Kansas has decreased by 32% since the operation was launched, with the death toll falling by 18% and exacerbating the pain by 47%.
St. saw. Louis a 47% reduction in killings since Operation Legend began four weeks ago, Barr said.
Detroit killings have dropped by more than 25%, while non-child shootings, he said, have been reduced by more than 45% since the operation began seven weeks ago.