The federal government through Operation Legend has "reversed" Chicago's surge in violence, making more than 500 arrests and charging 124 people with federal criminal charges, officials announced.
H/T: Fox News
U.S. Attorney William Barr said during a Wednesday morning press conference that the federal program had helped decrease Chicago's murder rate to the lowest it's been "at any time" since April, cutting the rate "roughly in half since before the operation."
"The results of those actions speak for themselves: over the first five weeks of Operation Legend in Chicago, murders dropped by 50% over the previous five weeks. August ultimately saw a 45% decrease in murders compared to July, and a 35% decrease compared to June," he said.
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AG Barr took questions from the press today regarding Operation Legend and the impact it has had on starting to lower violent crime in Chicago and the press spent the entire time attacking him and the President and trying to downplay the whole thing. Enemy of the people.— Shem Horne (@Shem_Infinite) September 9, 2020
Attorney General William Barr in Chicago updating #OperationLegend. He is working with US Attorney John Lausch of the Northern District of IL. Barr says 90 defendants in the city are facing federal gun charges, 30 facing federal drug charges. Op began in a July) @nbcchicago pic.twitter.com/GhGpbfs9xi— Kye Martin (@KyeMartinNBC) September 9, 2020