Trump Announces Operation Legend, Sending Federal Agents to Chicago and Other Cities Amid Rise in Violence

“The Justice Department will provide more than $61 million in grants to hire hundreds of new police officers where they are needed most.”

President Donald Trump announced Operation Legend, which involves sending federal agents to the Chicago and other cities that have seen a spike in violence since the death of George Floyd.

From Fox News:

The “surge” of agents announced on Wednesday to Chicago and other American cities is part of Operation Legend – named after 4-year-old LeGend Taliferro, who was fatally shot while sleeping in a Kansas City apartment late last month – and comes as federal law enforcement officers have already descended on Portland, Ore. and Kansas City, Mo.

“The effort to shut down police in their own communities has led to a shocking explosion of shootings, killing, violence, murders,” Trump said during a speech in the White House’s East Room. “This rampage of violence shocks the conscience of our nation and we will not stand by and watch it happen.”

Chicago will get 100 federal agents. These agents usually come from the ATF and the DEA, but Operation Legend includes agents from the Department of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

After Floyd’s death, calls have come out to defund and disband police departments. Riots and looting broke out. Chicago has seen over 50% more homicides this year than last year at the same time.

Portland has spiraled out of control with the mayor and other officials insisting the commotion is made by a few displeased people.

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