Be careful what you ask for, because you just might get it.
Yahoo News reports that agents with the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Marshals Service are heading to Kansas City, Mo., Albuquerque, N.M., Chicago, and other American cities to confront recent spikes in crime, Trump and Attorney General William Barr announced at the White House.
This part of the initiative, known as Operation Legend, was announced in early July. A big highlight of the initiative is that it will provide $61 million in grants to the involved cities to hire more police officers.
What a monumental embarrassment it must be for the so-called governors, state and city officials who are charged with maintaining order inside of these major metropolises.
These officials were basically told that they haven’t a clue of how to manage their own jurisdictions. They were warned several times what the President was considering. But did these cities think that by ignoring the situation it was simply going to go away?
Now, these politicians are left to face their constituents and tell them that because of their own incompetence, the US government has to put on their Big Boy (or Girl) Pants and come down to fix the mess.
What is Operation Legend?
In early July, Operation Legend was announced by Attorney General William P. Barr, who describes the initiative as “a sustained, systematic and coordinated law enforcement initiative across all federal law enforcement agencies working in conjunction with state and local law enforcement officials to fight the sudden surge of violent crime, beginning in Kansas City, MO.”
Operation Legend was created as a result of President Trump’s promise to assist America’s cities that are plagued by recent violence, according to the US Department of Justice website.
Operation Legend was named after four-year-old LeGend Taliferro, who was killed by gunfire from outside of his home while he slept, on June 29, 2020, according to the FBI’s website.
Albuquerque’s KOB4 News mentioned that Barr said “this operation will not look like it does in Portland, where federal agents have faced off with protesters. He said this will be classic crime-fighting.”
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham had this to say: “If the Trump administration sincerely wishes to assist local law enforcement in our state in their regular community-policing activities, in data-driven crime-fighting initiatives, in protecting the public safety and welfare of New Mexicans, we would welcome the conversation,”
Grisham then adds this rather back-handed comment: “If the Trump administration wishes to antagonize New Mexicans and Americans with authoritarian, unnecessary and unaccountable military-style ‘crackdowns,’ they have no business whatsoever in New Mexico.”
In a Kansas City Star article, Kansas City U.S. Attorney Timothy Garrison added: “any agents involved in an operation to reduce violent crime in the area will be clearly identifiable when making arrests, unlike what has been seen in Portland.”
There have been many news outlets, politicians, and comments from both sides of the fence calling the federal agent “surge” nothing more than a Presidential political stunt. That might be true, but in the end it seems that some states fell for the “stunt” by not taking care of their own.
Hear that New York?