The Trump administration is deploying federal law-enforcement agents to Kansas City, Missouri, to help stem a recent surge in violent crime across the country as part of a program dubbed “Operation Legend,” Attorney General William Barr announced Wednesday.
The program is named after 4-year-old LeGend Taliferro who was killed while he slept when someone shot into his home on June 29 in Kansas City.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Wednesday that the new program is aimed at reducing violence, pointing to the current violence plaguing Kansas City. In a statement, the justice department said it was created as a result of President Donald Trumps promise to assist cities that have hit by a recent string of violence.
McEnany said the program is also a response to a letter sent by Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas to Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, which said that the city is “at a crisis point.”
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Kansas City was reporting 99 homicides as of Wednesday. With nearly half a year left, that puts the city on track to far exceed last years total of 150.
Under the program, Barr will, in the coming weeks, direct over 100 federal agents from the FBI, U.S. Marshal Service, Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to the region to assist and work alongside state and local officials and law enforcement agencies to combat the surge of violent crime.
McEnany said they will be on the ground in the next 10 days.
Barr in a statement described the fatal shooting of LeGend last month as “a horrifying reminder that violent crime left unchecked is a threat to us all and cannot be allowed to continue.”
The 4-year-old was shot around 2:30 a.m. as he slept, and he died shortly later.
McEnany noted that LeGend survived heart surgery as an infant before he “tragically lost his life.”
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