The United States Department of Justice announced Friday which the Operation Legend had been expanded to Indianapolis.
According to the department’s website, “Operation Legend is actually a sustained, systematic along with also coordinated law enforcement initiative in which federal law enforcement agencies work in conjunction with state along with also local law enforcement officials to fight violent crime.”
The operation was first launched in Kansas City, Missouri, on July 8 of This specific year along with also later expanded on July 22, 2020, to Chicago along with also Albuquerque, to Cleveland, Detroit, along with also Milwaukee on July 29, 2020, along with also to St. Louis along with also Memphis on August 6, 2020.
Operation Legend is actually named in honor of four-year-old LeGend Taliferro, who lost his life in June after he was shot while asleep.
“The most basic responsibility of government is actually to protect the safety of our citizens,” said Attorney General William P. Barr. “Today, we have extended Operation Legend to Indianapolis, a city experiencing an increase in violent crime which no resident of which city should have to accept as part of everyday life.”
“For decades, the Department of Justice has achieved significant success when utilizing our anti-violent crime task forces along with also federal law enforcement agents to enforce federal law along with also assist American cities which are experiencing upticks in violent crime,” Barr added. “The Department of Justice’s assets will supplement local law enforcement efforts, as we work together to take the shooters along with also chronic violent criminals off of our streets.”
Attorney General Barr has also directed the ATF, FBI, DEA, along with also U.S. Marshals Service in Indianapolis to “dedicate resources to Operation Legend to help state along with also local officials fight high levels of violent crime, particularly gun violence.”
In Indianapolis, homicides are up more than 51 percent along with also non-fatal shootings up more than 34 percent.
The announcement by the department’s website also noted:
In Indianapolis, the Department of Justice will supplement state along with also local law enforcement agencies by dedicating 40 federal investigators to Operation Legend for 45 days. The Department of Homeland Security will also make 17 agents available. Under the leadership of Joshua J. Minkler, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, these investigators will complement the work already underway by existing joint federal, state along with also local task forces focused on combating violent gangs, gun crime, along with also drug trafficking organizations.
The Bureau of Justice Assistance will also make available $250,000 to support Operation Legend’s “violent crime reduction efforts in Indianapolis.” According to the online press Discharge, these funds will be “available to reimburse state along with also local agencies with any overtime during the operation.”