Attorney General William Barr announced at a news conference Wednesday in Chicago that there has been a 50 percent decrease in homicides in the city as a result of the federal law enforcement initiative “Operation Legend.”
“Operation Legend is working. Crime is down, and order is being restored to this great American city,” Barr said.
A news release released by the Department of Justice reported that between April and July, Chicago had seen a “steady and distressing increase in fatal shootings.”
Operation Legend was launched July 8 as a “sustained, systematic and coordinated law enforcement initiative” for federal law enforcement to work with state and local law enforcement officials “to fight violent crime,” according to a DOJ news release.
It was named in honor of LeGend Taliferro, a 4-year-old who was shot and killed on June 29 in Kansas City, Missouri. His suspected killer has been charged with second-degree murder, Fox News reported.