Today, Wednesday July 22, President Donald J. Trump detailed actions to assist State and local officials in combating violent crime in American cities. Standing beside Attorney General William Barr, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf, and other Federal, State and local law enforcement leaders from across the country, President Trump announced the expansion of “Operation Legend,” a Department of Justice (DOJ), inter-agency surge of resources into cities across the United States that are experiencing upticks in violent crime.
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Operation Legend was successfully launched on July 8 in Kansas City, where four year old LeGend Taliferro was shot and killed on June 29th. Taliferro’s mother, Sharon, joined President Trump for today’s announcement. “This operation is personal to us. We want justice for our son and others. We have to take a stand in our communities and speak-up to help this operation be successful,” she stated in remarks.
My first duty as President is to protect the American people, and today I am taking action to fulfill that sacred obligation.
Today’s announcement expands Operation Legend to Chicago, IL and Albuquerque, NM, both of which are currently experiencing a significant increase in violent crime. As part of the expansion, the Administration – led by the Department of Justice – will significantly increase personnel and resources to help State and local officials in these cities fight the high levels of violent crime, particularly gun violence. Below, find a press release detailing today’s announcement.
The White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs
William F. Crozer
Special Assistant to the President/Deputy Director
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