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U.S. Attorney Defends Operation LeGend Results

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Carlos Moreno
KCUR 89.3
U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr is flanked by the parents of LeGend Taliferro. On July 8, 2020, the United States Department of Justice announced the Operation LeGend initiative to bring federal law enforcement agents to Kansas City.

In response to a recent editorial in The Kansas City Star U.S. Attorney disputes claims that Operation LeGend's success has been overstated.

Operation LeGend has made 355 total arrests with 33 connected to homicide cases and 122 firearms confiscated since July. The Kansas City Police Department has been publishing violent crimes statistics since the operation started noted U.S. Attorney Tim Garrison, adding, "That transparency should give the public confidence that what we're reporting is true."

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