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    A 60-day operation led by U.S. Marshals has reportedly led to the arrest of more than 100 gang members and the discovery of five missing and endangered children. “Operation Triple Beam” ended Sept. 6 and targeted violent fugitives and criminals who were wanted on charges including homicide, felony assault and sexual assault as well as illegal possession of firearms, illegal drug distribution and robbery and arson, according to Johnny Kulhman, the U.S. Marshal for the Western district of Oklahoma, per KOCO news. A 60-day U.S. Marshals operation to reduce violent gang crime in Oklahoma City resulted in 262 arrests – including six people wanted for homicide – and the rescue of five missing children: https://t.co/leNPRZxUGG — U.S. Marshals (@USMarshalsHQ) September...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- New data obtained by the ABC7 I-Team reveals a disturbing crime trend across the nation and especially in Chicago. The latest violent crime stats for the first six months of 2020 compiled by the FBI and analyzed by the I-Team show while overall violent crime is down slightly, the number of murders is up significantly.Even amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and an overall reduction in violent crime, the harsh reality is that there were more murders this year than last. New FBI data shows that murders here in Chicago spiked by more than 37% compared with the same period of 2019, and far outpaces the 14.8% average increase nationwide.According to the FBI crime report, 335 murders reported in...
    Just two months after voting to defund the police, Minneapolis City Council members sounded the alarm over a surge in crime in the city. During a business meeting on Tuesday, members of the Council questioned police Chief Medaria Arradondo about the increase in crime, including daylight car jackings, robberies, assaults, shootings and street racing. 'Residents are asking, "Where are the police?"' Council Member Jamal Osman said, adding that calls to the Minneapolis Police Department from constituents have gone unanswered. 'That is the only public safety option they have at the moment. MPD. They rely on MPD. And they are saying they are nowhere to be seen.'  President of the Council Lisa Bender accused the police of knowingly not enforcing the...
    95% of the murder victims in Cook County, home of Chicago, are people of color in 2020, according to an announcement from Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office and reported by USA Today. There have been more homicides this year than in all of 2019 combined, per Chicago Police Department data. The city has seen a shocking rise in homicide, which is up 52%. Most of the homicides are taking place in Chicago, specifically neighborhoods in the South and West sides with a reputation for violent crime, according to USA Today. Like other major U.S. cities, Chicago has seen an uptick in some of the most violent kinds of homicide, such as homicides, shootings, armed assaults, and robberies. Over the course...
    The FBI Preliminary Uniform Crime Report (UCR) for January-June 2020 shows violent crime and property crime were both down, as compared to the same time frame in 2019, but arson was up 19.2 percent. The FBI overview of the UCR addresses violent crime offenses, showing “the number of rape offenses decreased 17.8 percent, and robbery offenses were down 7.1 percent.” As for property crimes, “offenses declined 7.8 percent.” They noted that “larceny thefts were down 9.9 percent, and burglaries decreased 7.8 percent.” However, arson, which the FBI counts separately from other property crimes, was up 19.2 percent. Ironically, the greatest increase in arson was in the West, where there was a 24 percent increase in that region alone. This news comes...
    By SUMMER BALLENTINE, Associated Press COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Republican Gov. Mike Parson's contested proposal to give the Missouri attorney general the power to intervene in St. Louis homicide cases failed Wednesday when the GOP-led House finished a special session focused on curbing violent crime without taking action on the bill. The bill would have allowed the attorney general, currently Republican Eric Schmitt, to prosecute St. Louis homicides if Gardner’s office didn’t act on those cases in 90 days and if police asked for an intervention. Parson said the goal of the prosecution bill was to help reduce violent crime in St. Louis, but the proposal was widely seen as criticism of the city’s first Black prosecutor, Kim Gardner, who...
    Murders across the United States rose nearly 15% in the first six months of 2020, while violent and property crimes dropped as the country reeled from the coronavirus pandemic, according to new federal government data. An FBI analysis of more than 12,000 of the total 18,000 law enforcement agencies nationwide found murders and non-negligent manslaughter offenses increased 14.8% from January through June compared to the same period last year. The report also found that crimes committed against people and property went down, possibly as a result of city and state orders that limited the public's ability to go outside, and thus crimes of opportunity. Michael Lawlor, a criminal justice professor at the University of New Haven in Connecticut who...
    By Elizabeth McGuigan A recent article published on The Conversation draws a correlation between the psychological impact of so called “gun violence” on Americans and reduced trust. Victims of violent crime can, understandably so, be psychologically affected by the choices of a criminal’s intent on inflicting harm. However, the article uses outdated data to try and connect victims of violence with reduced levels of trust. The author cites obsolete information from the U.S. General Social Survey which covers data collected from 1973 to 1994. Unsurprisingly, there is also a false assertion that violent crime has been rising in recent years. Violent crime peaked in the United States in the early 1990s which would have strongly influenced the responses collected by the U.S. General Social Survey the...
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    The rate of violent crime fell 15% in 2019 compared to the previous year, reversing a four-year increase, according to data released by the Justice Department on Monday. The department's Bureau of Justice Statistics said 1.2 million people were victims of violent crime last year, excluding simple assaults, at a rate of 7.3 victims per 1,000 people over the age of 12. That rate is down from 8.6 victims per 1,000 people in 2018. For women, the decrease was even more significant, dropping 27% last year. Monday's report is based on the National Crime Victimization Survey's (NCVS), which is administered by the Census Bureau and based on a nationally representative sample of U.S. households. The findings include violent incidents reported...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The United States Attorney’s Office in Philadelphia is expected to address violent crime and public safety during a press conference Monday morning. A news release indicates William McSwain will announce federal charges in two violent crime cases. A spokesperson for the office would not discuss the specifics. The press conference is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. Philadelphia has been rocked by a spike in shootings and homicides. Statistics show killings in the city were at a pace that has not been seen since the early 90s.  
    Pro-criminal, anti-police prosecutors have been elected or appointed in nearly a dozen American cities and counties, and now residents are paying the price. Back in November 2019, I wrote a column for Gingrich360.com with Sean Kennedy about the dangers of allowing radical, anti-police activists to infiltrate local district attorney offices. I also warned about this dangerous trend in my June 2020 book "Trump and the American Future." VideoNow, as riots, looting, and violent crime spikes continue in Democrat-run cities across America, we are living through the violent consequences. DERRICK VAN ORDEN: THIS SEPT. 11 ANTIFA IS ATTACKING US FROM WITHIN — PRESIDENT LINCOLN HAD GOOD ADVICE   These consequences are most immediately clear in Portland, Oregon, which just passed its 100th day of...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — A Ravenswood Manor neighborhood woman recently woke up with a bullet next to her pillow. We found the shooting is part of a rise in violent crime in the community — where people are fed up with safety issues. CBS 2’s Tara Molina on Tuesday brought concerns to city and state leaders. Some Ravenswood Manor residents near Manor and Lawrence avenues found dozens of bullet casings over the weekend. Two of the bullets hit even closer to home – actually inside of it – for that one woman. Behind shattered glass, a bullet that pierced a home in the neighborhood left a hole above the headboard for the woman’s bed – inches from where she slept. “I...
    United States Attorney General William Barr announced that Operation Legend — a coordinated law enforcement initiative in which federal agents aid and assist state and local police — has cut the murder rate in Chicago "in half" and has effectively "reversed" the city's surge in violence. In a press conference in the Windy City Wednesday, Barr touted the success of the operation in several cities in which it has been implemented, but said that the results have been "perhaps most dramatic" in Chicago since it was launched there in late July. "The results of those actions speak for themselves," the attorney general said. "Over the first five weeks of Operation Legend in Chicago, murders dropped by 50% over...
              Writer’s Note: This is the third part of a three-part series about Madison, Tennessee resident and businessman Robert Sherrill, who seeks a federal pardon from U.S. President Donald Trump for past federal drug offenses. The first and second parts of this series are available on The Tennessee Star’s website.   At age 30, Robert Sherrill had served his time for a drug-related felony and was out of prison, destined for greater things, but more struggles were approaching. In 2015 Sherrill started his own company, Imperial Cleaning Systems, which he said reaches nearly $1 million in revenue with more than 20 employees. He published an autobiography, The Journey Back to Now. Sherrill then started...
    Four-year-old LeGend Taliferro was killed June 29 in the early hours of the morning while sleeping at home in Kansas City, Missouri. He was one of at least five children to be killed in Kansas City in the first six months of 2020.
    Three teens -- between 14 and 15 years old -- were arrested and charged with multiple felonies in connection with a string of robberies and a carjacking that happened in broad daylight, police in Minneapolis said. Authorities made the arrests after viewing surveillance that showed a group of six teenagers in hoodies and masks robbing a woman who owned a gift store called 14 Hill, near E. 48th Street and Chicago Avenue, in broad daylight Tuesday, FOX9 reported. CLEVELAND POLICE OFFICER SHOT, KILLED; 3 SUSPECTS REPORTEDLY ARRESTED The incident is believed to be the fourth by the same group in the Lake Nokomis area. Chad Stamps, the store owner's husband, told the local news outlet that the suspects "pushed her down and then...
    The anti-crime Operation Legend is “fully underway across the country” and has led to more than 2,000 arrests since its launch in early July, said U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio Justin Herdman. As of the end of August, he told “Fox & Friends” on Thursday, more than 470 people have been charged with federal crimes in major metropolitan cities, including nearly 150 people wanted for murder. MURDER CHARGE ANNOUNCED IN KILLING OF LEGEND TALIFERRO, 4, WHOSE DEATH SPARKED OPERATION LEGEND “We are not just arresting people for low-level warrants here,” Herdman said. “We’re talking about very violent fugitives, very violent criminals and we're getting them off the streets of these nine cities across the country.” First launched in Kansas City, Operation Legend expanded...
    WINNETKA, Ill. (WLS) -- A North Shore woman now faces a hate crime charge after an argument about whether a Black man could be on a Winnetka pier reportedly turned physical.Irene Donoshaytis, 65, of Northfield was accused of hitting the man after telling his group of friends they had to leave.The alleged victim told ABC 7 Chicago that he believes the attack was racially motivated. He caught the confrontation on camera as he ended a 15-mile bike ride late last month.RELATED: Northfield woman arrested after confrontation with Black man at Winnetka pier turns violentEMBED More News Videos A North Shore woman is facing battery charges after an argument at a suburban beach turned violent. The Cook County State's Attorney office...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- The NYPD released new crime statistics Wednesday for the month of August, and the dramatic increase in shootings has fueled an alarming rise in violent crime across the city.There were 242 shootings last month, compared to 91 in August of 2019 -- a 166% increase. The number of shootings rose in all boroughs except Staten Island.The number of murders citywide increased from 36 to 53 for the month, a 47% rise.Robberies climbed 4%, and burglaries jumped 22%Overall, crime for August 2020 increased from 9,033 to 9,093, a .7% increase thanks to a 17.5% reduction in grand larcenies. Rapes also decreased by 22%, but the NYPD says rape continues to be underreported.The NYPD's efforts to address...
    President Donald Trump has said major US cities are seeing a spike in crime, and has offered to send in federal law enforcement to tackle the situation. He has denounced a string of Democrat-run cities which are "plagued by violent crime". GETTYNew York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Detroit, Baltimore and all of these - Oakland is a mess. We’re not going to let this happen in our country.Donald TrumpUS PresidentWe've looked at violent crime, and found it's down overall in many cities, but murders and shootings have risen sharply in some.Violent crime continues to fallPresident Trump has said the crime rate in certain cities such as New York is "through the roof". But in many major US cities, including Chicago and New...
    With crime rates rising and riots over police brutality escalating in recent months, former NYPD Commissioner Bernard Kerik told “America’s News Headquarters” the real problem is leadership in America's biggest cities. “I think the thugs, the real bad guys that go out and do bad things on a daily basis, they're emboldened by a lot of the behavior of the politicians,” he said. They're emboldened by the leadership in a lot of these cities.” ONE DEAD, FIVE INJURED IN SHOOTING AT CHICAGO RESTAURANT Overall violent crime including shootings and robberies are up in big cities like New York and Chicago since authority is not implementing the correct resources to manage it, which Kerik said is “the biggest problem.” A New York City police...
    Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani taunted former Vice President Joe Biden at the Republican Convention for conducting TV interviews from his basement – but did not bring up his signature accusations against Biden's son, Hunter. Giuliani, who served as one of Trump's lawyers during impeachment, referenced his own anti-crime credentials as he tore into progressive mayors, whom he accused ot causing a spike in violent crime. He blasted New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, claiming he and others 'prevented the police from making arrests.' In this image from video, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, personal attorney to President Donald Trump speaks from New York, during the fourth night of the Republican National Convention on Thursday, Aug....
    While he tried to pin the responsibility for this solely on New York's current mayor and prosecutors, the situation has happened under Donald Trump — the very man whose reelection Giuliani was attempting to support. Trump too has made a big deal about rising crime in American cities since he took office in 2017, oddly making this an argument for a second term. In 2016, he ran on a promise to end a mostly imaginary wave of violent crime. "The crime rate is through the roof. People can't walk down the street without getting shot. I'll stop that," Trump claimed at the time. In his January 2017 inaugural address, he promised that crime and poverty in inner cities would be...
    YouTube Republican Nationwide Conference speaker Abby Johnson mentioned in June that her ‘brown son’ is extra prone to commit a criminal offense than her white sons. Throughout the second night time of the 2020 Republican Nationwide Conference, former Deliberate Parenthood worker turned pro-life advocate Abby Johnson will probably be giving a 5-minute speech. Nevertheless, hours earlier than the RNC conference kicked off August 25, a speech Johnson posted on YouTube again in June began to go viral on Twitter. Within the video, the 39-year-old mom of eight says it could be “sensible” for police to racially profile “my brown son,” who’s named Jude, and mentions that “he’s extra prone to commit a...
    YouTube Republican National Convention speaker Abby Johnson said in June that her 'brown son' is more likely to commit a crime than her white sons. During the second night of the 2020 Republican National Convention, pro-life advocate Abby Johnson will be giving a 5-minute speech. However, hours before the RNC convention kicked off August 25, a speech Johnson posted on YouTube back in June started to go viral on Twitter. In the video, the 39-year-old mother of eight says it would be “smart” for police to racially profile Jude, “my brown son,” and mentions that “he is more likely to commit a violent crime.” Johnson adopted Jude at birth in 2015, according to a blog post written by...
            by Michael Balsamo  KANSAS CITY, Missouri (AP) — At the small apartment where 4-year-old LeGend Taliferro was shot dead in his sleep, the sliding glass door is riddled with bullet holes. Glass is still strewn on the patio outside, the shards crunching under the feet of Attorney General William Barr and Police Chief Rick Smith as they visit the crime scene. After the Kansas City boy was killed in June by a gunshot meant for somebody else, the Trump administration launched a nationwide crackdown on violent crime named in his honor. The Associated Press obtained access to briefings and law enforcement operations for an inside look at Operation Legend as Barr visited law enforcement officials in Detroit,...
    Election Day is only a couple of months away, and a friend brings to my attention a new poll from Pew Research: This seems relatively unsurprising except for one thing: violent crime. Why is that #5? A followup chart explains it: Among Trump voters, violent crime is #2 behind perennial favorite “the economy.” Why? Because Fox News and the rest of the gang have spent the past few months screaming about cities in flame, BLM “riots,” and crime capitals of the world. In fact, though, the best evidence we have suggests that overall crime is down so far this year. So is overall violent crime. The only thing that’s up is homicides. Through the first half...
    A recent poll from the Pew Research Center shows that among registered voters, violent crime is the fifth-most important issue for them in the 2020 presidential election. The study, published Aug. 13, showed that 59% of registered voters said that violent crime was a “very important” factor in choosing whether to vote for Donald Trump or Joe Biden for president. A neighbor watches New York City Police Department officers work a crime scene where several young men were shot and wounded at the Ravenswood Houses, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, in the Queens borough of New York.  (AP) That figure diverged significantly when the voters were separated between Biden supporters and Trump supporters. According to the survey, 46%...
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — At the small apartment where 4-year-old LeGend Taliferro was shot dead in his sleep, the sliding glass door is riddled with bullet holes. Glass is still strewn on the patio outside, the shards crunching under the feet of Attorney General William Barr and Police Chief Rick Smith as they visit the crime scene. After the Kansas City boy was killed in June by a gunshot meant for somebody else, the Trump administration launched a nationwide crackdown on violent crime named in his honor. The Associated Press obtained access to briefings and law enforcement operations for an inside look at Operation Legend as Barr visited law enforcement officials in Detroit, Kansas City and Cleveland. ...
    Judges in Chicago have increasingly ordered criminal defendants placed into an electronic-monitoring program in lieu of jail, a move police officials blame for the surge in gun violence plaguing the city. On Aug. 9, 43 people facing murder charges were enrolled in Cook County's electronic-monitoring program, a 40% increase from the same day last year. In addition, 160 people charged with robbery also are enrolled, as well as another 1,000 charged with illegal gun possession as of Aug. 9, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. The Chicago Police Department has cited the increase in program participants who would otherwise be granted high bail or remanded to police custody for the spike in gunplay. "My hope is that the deaths of these young people...
    Three people are dead and 12 are wounded after a night of shooting mayhem across New York City, where violent crime continues to surge out of control. Overnight Thursday into Friday morning, there were at least 11 separate shooting incidents spanning Brooklyn and the Bronx, where terrified residents have suffered soaring violence. It follows the release of surveillance footage showing a brazen broad-daylight drive-by shooting in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, which left an 18-year-old man dead in an area residents describe as a 'shooting gallery.' Thursday's first fatality came around 10pm, when a 23-year-old man was shot in the head and shoulder outside of a McDonald's in Downtown Brooklyn, and was pronounced dead at the scene. Police...
    Gun sales in America have skyrocketed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Thousands of people, including first-time gun buyers, have literally cleared the shelves of certain types of firearms and most ammunition. With the exception of law enforcement and military, anyone who plans to purchase a firearm can expect to pay more than usual for many popular guns and nearly all ammunition. Thanks to an existing deal with gun manufacturer Glock, police, military and first responders are still able to get a Glock pistol at a discount under the Blue Label program. Civilians, on the other hand, should be prepared to pay full price-plus. Why did the COVID-19 pandemic push gun sales to an all-time high? At first, it seems...
    A startling rise in violent crime and months of left-wing riots are not included on Joe Biden’s list of presidential priorities. On Thursday night, Biden gave his speech accepting the Democrat nomination for president. The address clearly laid out his priorities, what he called the “four historic crises.” And now history has delivered us to one of the most difficult moments America has ever faced. Four historic crises. All at the same time. A perfect storm. The worst pandemic in over 100 years. The worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. The most compelling call for racial justice since the 60’s. And the undeniable realities and accelerating threats of climate change. So, the question for us is simple: Are we...
    This time next year, St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter wants to have a budget plan that includes rapid-response teams of social workers, mental health workers and housing counselors who could lighten the load of police officers and allow them to focus on violent crime. After Carter gave his 2021 budget address on Thursday — which includes cuts to city departments across the board and would mean not filling vacant officer positions — the mayor said he plans to form a task force that will spend about eight months studying what it would take to create such teams. He’s seeking recommendations in time for his budget speech next year. The St. Paul police union president, Paul Kuntz, said he welcomes being...
    Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry believes that it was inevitable that violent crime in the U.S. will get worse and warns that given the current state of affairs in cities across the country, the worst is yet to come. In a phone interview with Fox News, Landry said that while he has tried to be tough on crime in his state, he realized years ago that in other parts of the country there were signs that crime would reach “epidemic” levels. LOUISIANA AG SLAMS GOVERNOR'S MASK MANDATE AS 'EXTREMELY BROAD AND UNCONSTITUTIONAL' "When I became attorney general back in 2016, one of the first things that we tackled was we took a very proactive fight against crime," Landry said. "I predicted four and...
    Rudy Giuliani has blamed New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for rising violent crime in the city, claiming 'pro-criminal, anti-police policies' are sending the city out of control. 'The last time this city was like this, the last time the city had riots and crime at this level we had a Democratic mayor,' Giuliani told Fox News on Thursday morning, apparently referring to David Dinkins, the Democratic mayor from 1990 to 1993. Violent crime in New York skyrocketed in the 1970s and 80s, and began to taper off during Dinkins' term, but saw its steepest declines under Giuliani, who served as mayor from 1994 to 2001.  Giuliani, who as mayor was a proponent of controversial policing tactics such as...
              Violent crime in Akron, Ohio has increased, which is mirroring an alarming trend across the country. Just this week an 8-year girl was murdered and a 14-year-old was wounded in a shooting at a birthday party, according to Fox 8. Furthermore, two men were killed in separate incidents, Fox 8 reported. The Beacon Journal said violent crime in Akron doubled in March and more than tripled in May compared to what it was in December. Fox 8 reported that murder in Akron is up as much as 50%. Akron City Councilwoman Tara Samples said in an interview that the city was on track to have more shootings by the end of summer than in...
    Police investigate the scene of a shooting in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood on July 21, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. More than 2000 people have been shot and more than 400 have been murdered in Chicago so far this year. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) When President Donald Trump announced he’d be sending federal agents to several cities experiencing spikes in gun violence this summer, most thought the move was government overreach. Read More: What we have to lose with Trump: Criminal justice and fair policing In July, Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot told NBC5 Chicago that the agents were being sent to help the city, not take over for the police department or show unnecessary force. “If there...
    U.S. Attorney General William Barr on Wednesday pinned rising crime in the United States on what he referred to as “revolving-door justice,” affirming that violence would be greatly reduced if only a few hundred felons were removed from the streets. “One of the problems we have in the criminal justice system now is revolving-door justice,” Barr stated during a Kansas City, Missouri, press conference on the Trump administration’s anti-violence initiative Operation Legend. “And I think too many criminals — to tell you the truth, during my exposure to the law enforcement community, which goes back over 30 years, there’s one constant, which is that the police do their job.” “The police do — get the suspect and get the evidence,” he continued. “The system...
    Savannah Rychcik August 19, 2020 0 Comments Attorney General William Barr revealed on Wednesday task forces have made significant progress against violent crime since the launch of Operation Legend. Appearing at a news conference in Kansas City, Missouri, Barr emphasized the importance of supporting law enforcement and announced several arrests have been made under the program. “Rather than demonizing and defunding our police, we are supporting and strengthening our law enforcement partners at the state and local level,” Barr said. He added, “So far federal-state task forces involved in operation legend have made almost 1,500 arrests, I think it’s 1,485 to be precise and many of those arrests are for violent state crimes including 90 homicides like LeGend’s murderer.Watch his...
    Attorney General William Barr said Wednesday that federal agents helped make 1,485 arrests as part of the nine-city anti-violent-crime Operation Legend. Barr said 1,000 state fugitives were arrested during the operation and 200 people face federal charges, many of them for illegal guns. The attorney general detailed the figures at a press conference in Kansas City, Missouri, where the namesake of the operation, four-year-old LeGend Taliferro, was shot dead while sleeping in his bed on June 29. The anti-crime initiative deploys federal help to bolster local officers fighting a spike in violent crime, especially after anti-police brutality protests over the Minnesota police killing of George Floyd in May. President Trump ordered federal agents into Chicago and Albuquerque in July to...
    WEST HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA) — Beaten and robbed, a YouTube star and her friends were the victims of a violent attack being investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department as a hate crime. Three transgender women, including YouTube star Eden the Doll, were attacked Monday in Hollywood. (Courtesy video) The attack happened early Monday morning when three transgender women were waiting for an Uber in Hollywood. That’s when LAPD said a man attacked and robbed them. “It was absolutely the worst day of my life,” Eden Estrada, who goes by Eden the Doll on YouTube, said. Estrada, who has close to half a million followers on the social media platform, said she believes the attack was targeted. She said that after...
    This is the horrific moment an elderly man cleaning a Chicago sidewalk was sucker punched and knocked to the ground amid an uptick in violent crime in the city.   In footage released by police Sunday the thug attacks his victim before fleeing the scene. The incident is said to have taken place in the middle of the afternoon on July 23.  The national spotlight has been on Chicago for weeks after a surge in gun violence that resulted in more homicides in July than any month in decades.  Police tweeted the clip, writing: 'Help Detectives identify the subject seen in this video where a Battery of Senior Citizen occurred on the 100 block of West Jackson Blvd on July 23 approx. 2:50PM.'   ...
    see also Man fatally shot at gun-violence memorial as shootings rage on The Big Apple’s rash of gun violence continued into early... President Trump has threatened to send the feds to intervene in New York City following the surge in shootings that’s left at least seven people dead and more than 50 shot in less than a week in the Big Apple. “Law and Order. If @NYCMayor can’t do it, we will!” the president tweeted Sunday night, retweeting a tally of the recent bloodbath. Since Thursday, shots rang out in at least 50 separate incidents across the five boroughs, leaving seven dead and 52 injured, ABC New York reported. The crime wave caps a bloody week of 62...
    (CNN) — As the body counts rise, American cities remain ground zero for a deadly new reality. And those charged with keeping communities safe and helping flatten the curve of death are under fire and losing confidence from those they are sworn to protect. This isn’t coronavirus but a plague of violence in many American cities as murders and assaults spike during the global pandemic. From May to June 2020, homicides in 20 major US cities increased by 37%, led by Chicago, Philadelphia and Milwaukee, according to new data from the nonpartisan Council on Criminal Justice (CCJ) think tank. Aggravated assaults jumped by 35% over the same period of time, while other types of crime were down. Get the app: Download the...
    (CNN)As the body counts rise, American cities remain ground zero for a deadly new reality. And those charged with keeping communities safe and helping flatten the curve of death are under fire and losing confidence from those they are sworn to protect.This isn't coronavirus but a plague of violence in many American cities as murders and assaults spike during the global pandemic. Crime is surging in US cities. Some say defunding the police will actually make it fallFrom May to June 2020, homicides in 20 major US cities increased by 37%, led by Chicago, Philadelphia and Milwaukee, according to new data from the nonpartisan Council on Criminal Justice (CCJ) think tank. Aggravated assaults jumped by 35% over the same period...
    Rising violence in cities like New York and Portland, Ore., show the effects of "the left's road map for America," White House senior adviser Stephen Miller told "Bill Hemmer Reports" Friday. "They want to make every city unlivable, with rampant homelessness, public drug use, violent street crime," Miller told host Bill Hemmer. MURDER CHARGE ANNOUNCED IN KILLING OF LEGEND TALIFERRO, 4, WHOSE DEATH SPARKED OPERATION LEGEND Miller joined the program hours after the Department of Justice announced the expansion of its anti-violent crime initiative "Operation Legend" to Indianapolis. VideoOperation Legend was launched by the department last month and dispatches federal law enforcement agencies to work with state and local law enforcement to fight violent crime.  It bears the name of LeGend Taliferro, a four-year-old Kansas City boy shot...
    The United States Department of Justice announced Friday that the Operation Legend had been expanded to Indianapolis. According to the department’s website, “Operation Legend is a sustained, systematic and coordinated law enforcement initiative in which federal law enforcement agencies work in conjunction with state and local law enforcement officials to fight violent crime.” The operation was first launched in Kansas City, Missouri, on July 8 of this year and later expanded on July 22, 2020, to Chicago and Albuquerque, to Cleveland, Detroit, and Milwaukee on July 29, 2020, and to St. Louis and Memphis on August 6, 2020. Operation Legend is named in honor of four-year-old LeGend Taliferro, who lost his life in June after he was shot while asleep. “The most...
    The Democrat-controlled Seattle City Council voted late on Monday to advance a highly controversial plan to defund the Seattle Police Department as violent crime and far-left riots have rocked the city in recent months. The Seattle City Council voted to remove approximately $3 million from the Seattle Police Department’s budget, which included: Cut 32 officers from patrol – $533,000 Reduced specialized units including officers assigned to mounted unit, school resource officers, homeland security, harbor patrol, SWAT team – $250,000 Removed officers from Navigation Team, ensuring homeless neighbors are not retraumatized by armed patrol officers – $216,000 Reduced staff budget through recognizing expected attrition – $500,000 Reduced administrative costs, including salaries, community outreach, public affairs Cut $56,000 from training and...
    By MARGARET STAFFORD, Associated Press LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — Gov. Mike Parson on Monday said he will ask state lawmakers meeting in a special session to give state Attorney General Eric Schmitt's office authority to intervene in homicide cases in St. Louis that he said are not being prosecuted quickly enough. Parson's request that Schmitt be given “concurrent” jurisdiction in some St. Louis homicide cases was widely seen as a criticism of Democratic St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, although the governor and Schmitt both insisted during a news conference the goal was to reduce a skyrocketing murder rate crime in St. Louis. The proposal still gives Gardener “full and fair” opportunity to prosecute cases and does not allow the...
              Federal officials late last week announced an initiative, Operation Legend, to fight violent crime in Memphis and St. Louis. “The most basic responsibility of government is to protect the safety of our citizens. Today, we have extended Operation Legend to Memphis and St. Louis, two cities experiencing increases in violent crime that no resident of those cities should have to accept as part of everyday life,” Attorney General William P. Barr said in a statement. “For decades, the Department of Justice has achieved significant success when utilizing our anti-violent crime task forces and federal law enforcement agents to enforce federal law and assist American cities that are experiencing upticks in violent crime. The...
    TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) — Authorities in New Jersey’s capital city will deploy additional law enforcement officers in an attempt to curb spikes in violent crime, Trenton officials announced Sunday. This comes after 18-year-olds William Irrizarry and Julius Vargas were gunned down in South Trenton on Sunday morning. The plan laid out by Mayor W. Reed Gusciora, Police Director Sheilah Coley and Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri will see extra law enforcement officers from the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department and prosecutor’s office stationed areas of Trenton that has seen an uptick in violent crime. “Every homicide is one too many,” Reed said. “While Trenton is just one of several cities struggling with violent crime as COVID-19 erodes economic opportunity across...
    PELHAM, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say they arrested six people in rural southwest Georgia during patrols targeting areas plagued by recent violent crimes. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said in a news release that state, federal and local agencies took part in joint patrols in rural Pelham and surrounding Mitchell County. They made 67 traffic stops over the course of eight hours Friday. Those stops yielded six arrests on charges including drunken driving, drug violations and illegal possession of a firearm. The GBI said the patrols focused on an area where a recent spike in violent crimes includes more than 30 shootings and home invasions since January. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published,...
    A flagship artificial intelligence system designed to predict gun and knife violence in the UK before it happens had serious flaws that made it unusable, local police have admitted. The error led to large drops in accuracy, and the system was ultimately rejected by all of the experts reviewing it for ethical problems. WIRED UKThis story originally appeared on WIRED UK. The prediction system, known as Most Serious Violence (MSV), is part of the UK's National Data Analytics Solution (NDAS) project. The Home Office has funded NDAS with at least £10 million ($13 million) during the past two years, with the aim to create machine learning systems that can be used across England and Wales. As a result of the...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police say a man was punched and robbed in Manhattan early Sunday morning. The robbery happened around 4:30 a.m. on East 20th Street in the Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village area. According to police, a 24-year-old man was sitting on a bench when someone approached him from behind and started punching him in the face repeatedly. The suspect then grabbed the victim’s wallet, cell phone and keys before running away. The victim was taken to a local hospital in stable condition. Police have released surveillance photos and video of an individual who is wanted for questioning in connection to the robbery. ????WANTED ????for a ROBBERY in front of 450 East 20 Street #stuytown #manhattan @NYPD13pct on 8/02/20...
    After a period of decline, homicides and other violent crimes are now spiking in U.S. cities – and experts say that changes in police activity and loosening social distancing restrictions could be playing a role.[ READ: Protect Federal Property to Prevent Federal Agents In Your City Or Town ]A report released last week by the Council on Criminal Justice, a nonpartisan think tank, found that homicides increased by 37% in 20 large cities from late May through the end of June. Aggravated assaults also went up by 35% in 17 cities. More recent data reported by some city police departments is damning as well: Killings were up by 152% in Chicago over a 28-day period through late July when compared to the...
    There have been concerns aplenty about the recent spate of killings in Denver amid the ongoing pandemic, epitomized by eight homicides in eight days early last month. But newly public information from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation shows that such offenses were on the rise even before 2020 — and solving them was, at best, barely a 50-50 proposition. On August 5, the CBI released 2019 data from hundreds of law enforcement agencies across the state, including the Denver Police Department. The stats for the Mile High City are revelatory, and often not in a good way. According to the CBI, 5,977 violent crimes — including murder, non-consensual sex offenses, aggravated assault and robbery — took place in Denver last year,...
    Stephen Miller, a senior adviser to President Donald Trump, told Breitbart News exclusively on Tuesday night that “cancel culture” is fueling the American left’s policies that are causing a spike in violent crime across the United States. In an appearance on Breitbart News Tonight on SiriusXM 125 the Patriot Channel, Miller noted that most Americans—as evidenced by polling—support police nationwide. But if the Democrats rose to power in the United States, what they would do first, he said, is pass a number of policies that would make Americans less safe. As such, most Americans oppose the left’s police defunding and other anti-policing policies, but because of the environment created by the left and the media, termed “cancel culture,” those very...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — President Donald Trump this week repeated his false claim that he called out the Minnesota National Guard to crush violent riots in Minneapolis. It was Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz who did that. The president also on Aug. 3 put Minneapolis on a list of the most violent cities in America. The country’s biggest cities saw violent unrest this summer, including Minneapolis. Since June 23, the president has repeatedly linked violence to cities run by Democrats. “You hear about certain places like Chicago and you hear about what’s going on in Detroit and other, other cities, all Democrat run,” Trump said. “Every one of them is Democrat-run. Twenty out of 20. The 20 worst, the 20 most dangerous...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Murders and aggravated assaults rose sharply in Dallas in July compared to the same month last year. The numbers come one year after Dallas saw record violent crime increases for the decade. On Tuesday, Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson said seven months into the year, he doesn’t see violent crime in the city moving in the right direction. “It’s not good. I’m not happy about it.” Dallas PD records show homicides shot up by 108% last month from a year earlier. There were 25 this July compared to 12 in July 2019. Year to year, the number of homicides is down slightly, nearly two and a half percent. Aggravated assaults, non-family violence, jumped by 25% last month from...
    CHICAGO — Murders and shootings in July increased drastically from 2019, according to new data released by the Chicago Police. Chicago had 105 murders in July, more than double the 44 in July 2019, and 584 shooting victims is also up dramatically from the same period last year, with 308 reported in July 2019. July was the most violent month in 28 years, according to the Tribune. July’s largest incident happened July 21, when 15 people were shot outside a funeral home in Gresham. The youngest victims in July include a baby shot on July 27 while riding in a car on the Bishop Ford Expressway in the Far South Side, a 3-year-old girl shot and seriously wounded in...
    As violent protests grip the streets of Portland, violent crime is also skyrocketing. According to the Oregonian, 15 people were murdered in the Oregon city during the month of July, making it the deadliest one-month period for Portland in more than 30 years. Prior to July's violence, the city had seen just nine murders in 2020. Feds attempt to intervene after weeks of violent protests In Portland. (Nathan Howard/Getty Images) Not only have homicides surged, but so has other violent crime, like robberies. Property crime, including burglaries and vandalism, have also increased, the Oregonian noted. Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell has attributed the increase in crime to his department's budget being targeted by city officials, amid...
    Heather Digby Parton August 3, 2020 1:19PM (UTC) Donald Trump isn't the first president to fail on a grand scale, and he certainly isn't the first to test the boundaries of the system to see what he can get away with. But he is unique in certain respects. The full panoply of grotesque personality defects and openly corrupt behaviors is something we've never seen before in someone who ascended to the most powerful office in the land. People will study this era for a very long time to try to figure out just what cultural conditions allowed such an advanced, wealthy nation to end up with such an ignorant, unqualified leader. But that's actually less interesting in some ways that how party...
    Minneapolis police has advised people to give up their purses and cellphones if they are attacked as the city battles a surge in violent crime. The city's beleaguered police department – which is struggling to cope with less officers and a huge increase in violent crime since the death of George Floyd - has issued a list telling residents how to protect themselves in the current climate. Some of the examples on the list include; 'carry only items you need and carry less cash; be prepared to give up your cellphone and purse or wallet; don't fight with the criminal; remember your safety is most important.' Minneapolis has been a focal point since the killing of George Floyd by a...
    As violent crime surges in Minneapolis, the city is now telling residents they are essentially on their own. The Minneapolis City Government has circulated a letter informing residents what to do if they are targeted by carjackers or robbers. The letter, addressed to residents living in the city's 3rd precinct, was written July 28. "Robberies and Carjacking's have increased in our precinct. Cell phones, purses, and vehicles are being targeted. Some victims have been maced, dragged, assaulted, and threatened with a gun," the letter states. "100 Robberies and 20 Carjackings have been reported to the 3rd Precinct Police in July alone," the letter adds. However, instead of committing to increase police activity in areas plagued by violent crime, the...
    CHICAGO (AP) — Homicides and shootings have surged in Chicago during the first seven months of the year. From Jan. 1 through the end of July, there were 440 homicides in Chicago and 2,240 people shot, including many of those who were killed, according to statistics released Saturday by the police department. There were 290 homicides and 1,480 shootings, including people who were killed, in the first seven months of last year. July was especially violent, as the city recorded 105 homicides and 584 shootings. Among them was a 9-year-old boy who was killed Friday when someone opened fire in the direction of a number of people, including him and his friends, according to police. There were 308 shootings and...
    Homicides and shootings have surged in Chicago during the first seven months of the year. From Jan. 1 through the end of July, there were 440 homicides in Chicago and 2,240 people shot, including many of those who were killed, according to statistics released Saturday by the police department. There were 290 homicides and 1,480 shootings, including people who were killed, in the first seven months of last year. July was especially violent, as the city recorded 105 homicides and 584 shootings. Among them was a 9-year-old boy who was killed Friday when someone opened fire in the direction of a number of people, including him and his friends, according to police. There were 308 shootings and 44 homicides in...
    CHICAGO -- Homicides and shootings have surged in Chicago during the first seven months of the year, and several victims are young people.From Jan. 1 through the end of July, there were 440 homicides in Chicago and 2,240 people shot, including many of those who were killed, according to statistics released Saturday by the police department.There were 290 homicides and 1,480 shootings, including people who were killed, in the first seven months of last year.July was especially violent, as the city recorded 105 homicides and 584 shootings. Among them was a 9-year-old boy who was killed Friday when someone opened fire in the direction of a number of people, including him and his friends, according to police.EMBED More News Videos...
    CHICAGO (AP) — Homicides and shootings have surged in Chicago during the first seven months of the year. From Jan. 1 through the end of July, there were 440 homicides in Chicago and 2,240 people shot, including many of those who were killed, according to statistics released Saturday by the police department. There were 290 homicides and 1,480 shootings, including people who were killed, in the first seven months of last year. July was especially violent, as the city recorded 105 homicides and 584 shootings. Among them was a 9-year-old boy who was killed Friday when someone opened fire in the direction of a number of people, including him and his friends, according to police. There were 308 shootings and...
    Activists plan to peacefully protest federal agents who are deployed to Albuquerque, New Mexico, to support local law enforcement fight violent crime, the Associated Press reported. President Donald Trump and U.S. Attorney General William Barr announced they would send 35 federal agents to Albuquerque last week as part of Operation Legend, and said the agents would not be in tactical gear, the AP reported. Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice coalition members said they oppose “occupations” similar to what’s happened at the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Portland, Oregon. “When Trump sends stormtroopers here, we will greet them with nonviolence,” Executive Director of the Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice Jim Harvey said, the AP reported. Harvey said that Trump is...
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Activists in Albuquerque said Thursday they are preparing to greet federal agents coming to New Mexico’s largest city with civil disobedience and peaceful protests. Gathering at a park and wearing masks, members of a coalition organized by the Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice vowed to resist any Portland-style “occupation” and any efforts to increase aggressive policing in a city that has seen clashes between demonstrators and police in recent years. Last week, President Donald Trump and U.S. Attorney General William Barr announced the new law enforcement deployment to some cities, including Albuquerque. Both gave assurances the move would not involve agents in tactical gear like those used to confront protesters in Portland, Oregon,...
    Milwaukee U.S. Attorney Matthew Krueger said Wednesday that 25 federal agents will be coming to Milwaukee as part of Operation Legend, and they will be focusing exclusively on violent crimes. "These investigators will join the work already underway by existing joint federal, state and local task forces focused on combating violent crime, including offenses involving firearms and violent drug trafficking organizations," Krueger said. "Ten of those federal investigators are assigned to work in Milwaukee temporarily to provide immediate assistance, and the others will be assigned over the coming year." Krueger made it clear that these federal agents will not do anything related to Milwaukee's Democratic National Convention, other protests in the city, or any Portland-style enforcement. "You...
    Mark Morgan, chief operating officer and commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), told Breitbart News on Wednesday that the federal government has authority and, in the case of protecting federal property and agents, is required by statute to enforce federal law and quell violence in cities across America. “What’s going on in Portland is very narrow, meaning that our presence there is because of the attack on the courthouse,” Morgan said.  Morgan said that for more than 60 nights “violent opportunists, anarchists” have tried to breach the barricades and fencing protecting the Mark O. Hatfield federal courthouse while federal officers are stationed inside. The ongoing riots come in the wake of the death of George Floyd, a black...
    Chicago, the nation’s third-largest city, has beefed up the police presence in its downtown tourist district because of a recent rise in violent crime, according to a report. An additional 200 police officers have been deployed specifically for downtown patrols, police Superintendent David Brown told Chicago’s FOX 32. “They put together a plan because of the recent uptick and are implementing that plan immediately,” Brown said. ALLEGED LEADER OF CHICAGO'S BLACK DISCIPLES, KNOWN AS 'MURDER,' AMONG SEVERAL CHARGED IN FEDERAL GUN, DRUG PROBE Recent incidents that drew the attention of authorities: Two large groups of men got into a fight Wednesday morning outside the Swisshotel, resulting in a 19-year-old man being hospitalized with a stab wound. Also Wednesday, a group...
            by Alyssa Rinelli  Students saw an increase in reported violence just weeks after the University of Minnesota announced that it would cut ties with the Minneapolis Police Department after the death of George Floyd. In the weeks following the University of Minnesota’s announcement that it would cut ties with the Minneapolis Police Department, students received multiple systemwide public safety alert messages, telling them to be cautious on and near campus due to various reported violent crimes. This is a substantial increase in safety notifications for Minnesota students, given that prior to the announcement, only seven such announcements with only two emergencies were made in a six month period. The university made its announcement on May 27. On June...
              Federal agents will be sent to Cleveland as part of “Operation Legend.” The operation, named after four-year-old Legend Taliferro who was killed in Kansas City, was created to help combat the uptick in violence in the wake of the George Floyd Protests. Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams stressed that there will not be “Federal Troops” in the city. The Operation, which has been described by the Department of Justice as “a sustained, systematic and coordinated law enforcement initiative in which federal law enforcement agencies work in conjunction with state and local law enforcement officials to fight violent crime” will see hundreds of law enforcement agents sent across the country – more than two...
    On Wednesday, the Department of Justice announced it was extending Operation Legend, an initiative in which federal law enforcement agencies work in conjunction with state and local law enforcement officials to fight violent crime and was already in place in Kansas City, Missouri, Chicago, and Albuquerque, to Cleveland, Detroit and Milwaukee. The initiative was named after four-year-old LeGend Taliferro, who was shot and killed while he slept early in the morning of June 29 in Kansas City. It was first launched in Kansas City and extended to Chicago and Albuquerque. The operation announced its first arrest on July 20. On July 22, President Trump spoke of Operation Legend. He stated: My first duty as President is to protect the American...
    By Brendan O'Brien CHICAGO (Reuters) - The leader and 22 members of the Black Disciples street gang have been arrested and charged with drug and gun trafficking on Chicago's South Side, a prosecutor said on Wednesday. Among those arrested was alleged gang leader Darnell McMiller, 34, who is charged with distributing fentanyl-laced heroin in September 2019. The Black Disciples are a national street gang that is prevalent throughout Chicago and the surrounding suburbs, the U.S. Attorney's Office says. U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois John Lausch told a news conference that law enforcement seized firearms, cocaine, heroin and fentanyl after the multi-year investigation. Lausch said the probe was active well before the start of Operation Legend, a Trump...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- President Donald Trump's "Operation Legend" is expanding to three more U.S. cities.RELATED: President Trump sending 'hundreds' of federal agents to Chicago as part of anti-violence effort; Mayor Lightfoot says focus will not be protestersEMBED More News Videos Officials say the extra manpower is different than the specialized force that's clashed with Portland protesters. The Department of Justice will send federal investigators to Milwaukee, Detroit and Cleveland in the coming weeks, according to officials.Attorney General William Barr has directed agents from the FBI, U.S. Marshals Service, DEA and ATF to join local officials in fighting violent crime; 25 agents will go to Cleveland, 42 to Detroit, and 25 to Milwuakee."The most basic responsibility of government is to protect...
    Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., said President Trump's effort to send federal law enforcement to Chicago is a "political stunt" and if the president were really serious about curbing violent crime in the Windy City he would back gun control legislation. Duckworth, a potential running mate for Democrat Joe Biden, blasted Trump's federal law enforcement deployment in Portland and said she'll oppose any effort to make Chicago Trump's next target for a clampdown on protesters. "It's a political stunt," Duckworth told Fox News Wednesday in an interview. "I mean, you look at what happened in Portland, you actually have federal officers -- we're not even sure from which agencies in total -- wearing military-style uniforms, driving around in unmarked vehicles, grabbing peaceful protesters off...
    (CNN) – The Justice Department said Wednesday it is sending additional federal agents and investigators to Cleveland, Detroit, and Milwaukee, expanding an initiative aimed at helping local and state authorities tackle a spike in violent crime. The anti-crime operation is similar to ones launched in current and past administrations, and usually are not the source of controversy. But President Donald Trump has made the issue of crime and law enforcement a focus of his reelection campaign, accusing Democratic-run cities of being weak on the issue, prompting some mayors and governors to push back at federal efforts. The dozens of agents and investigators being dispatched in the coming weeks are from the FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms...
    Savannah Rychcik July 29, 2020 0 Comments The Department of Justice announced on Wednesday the Trump administration will be sending additional federal agents to Cleveland, Detroit, and Milwaukee in efforts to expand a program designed to fight violent crime. The program, Operation Legend, was launched on July 8 in Kansas City, Missouri, and later expanded to Chicago and Albuquerque. Operation Legend was named after LeGend Taliferro, a four-year-old who was shot and killed in Kansas City. Attorney General William Barr released a statement on Wednesday claiming Cleveland, Detroit, and Milwaukee have seen increases in violent crime, especially homicides. He argued cities experience less violent crime with the help of federal agents. “For decades, the Department of Justice has achieved significant...
    ST. LOUIS (AP) — The fate of St. Louis’ elected prosecutor may rest with which side city voters fall in two competing national debates: criminal justice reform versus the push to crack down on crime. Kim Gardner became St. Louis’ first Black circuit attorney when she was elected in 2016 and has enacted a progressive, reformist agenda. She also earned national attention in 2018 when she filed charges against Missouri’s governor at the time, Eric Greitens, and again last month when she charged a couple, Mark and Patricia McCloskey, for pointing guns at racial injustice protesters. Gardner is being challenged in the Aug. 4 Democratic primary by Mary Pat Carl, who previously worked as the city’s lead homicide prosecutor. Carl,...
    The Justice Department’s “Operation Legend” program, which assists local police in combating violent crime in major cities, is expanding to Cleveland, Detroit and Milwaukee, the DOJ announced Wednesday. The initiative first launched in Kansas City, Mo., on July 8, and expanded to Chicago and Albuquerque one week ago. TRUMP TO EXPAND DOJ'S 'OPERATION LEGEND' TO CHICAGO, ALBUQUERQUE AMID UNREST “The most basic responsibility of government is to protect the safety of our citizens,” Attorney General William Barr said in a statement. “Today, we have extended Operation Legend to Cleveland, Detroit, and Milwaukee, three cities that have seen disturbing increases in violent crime, particularly homicides. For decades, the Department of Justice has achieved significant success when utilizing our anti-violent crime task forces...
    A HUNDRED or more federal agents will be deployed to Cleveland, Detroit and Milwaukee as civil unrest continues across the US. The Justice Department announced the expansion of 'Operation Legend' on Wednesday. “For decades, the Department of Justice has achieved significant success when utilizing our anti-violent crime task forces and federal law enforcement agents to enforce federal law and assist American cities that are experiencing upticks in violent crime," Attorney General Bill Barr said in a statement. More to come. Most read in NewsHOUSE OF HORRORS'Haunted’ Louisiana mansion FREE to anybody brave enough to live in itTRAGIC ENDChicago cop kills himself at detention centre besieged by anti-police protestersTRACK HIM DOWNPics show suspected killer of black Trump fan shot dead near...
    The Trump administration is sending additional federal agents and funding to Cleveland, Milwaukee and Detroit, expanding a program that has targeted Democratic-run cities facing increases in violent crime. The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the deployment of dozens of federal officers to the three cities to assist local law enforcement as part of Operation Legend. The administration has already sent agents to Kansas City, Missouri, and Chicago as part of the program as Democratic leaders express reluctance about the government's intentions amid clashes involving the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in Portland, Oregon. "For decades, the Department of Justice has achieved significant success when utilizing our anti-violent crime task forces and federal law enforcement agents to enforce federal law and assist American cities...
    Attorney General William Barr accused Rep. Jerry Nadler of conflating the Justice Department's response to a recent uptick in violent crime in major cities with efforts by the department to assist local law enforcement with civil unrest in the same places. "You really can’t hide behind legal fictions this time, Mr. Barr. It’s all out in the open," Nadler told Barr during a House Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday. "The president wants footage for his campaign ads, and you appear to be serving up to him as ordered. In most of these cities, the protests had begun to wind down before you marched in and confronted the protesters. ... In this moment, real leadership would entail deescalation ... instead, you...
    In his first-ever appearance before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, Attorney General Bill Barr will condemn the "grave abuses" in the "bogus Russiagate scandal," while also highlighting Black-on-Black violence and defending law enforcement officers in no uncertain terms, according to a transcript of his prepared remarks obtained by Fox News on Monday night. Barr's unusually aggressive posture will be matched by a full-throated defense from GOP lawmakers on the panel, including ranking member Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, Fox News is told. "Ever since I made it clear that I was going to do everything I could to get to the bottom of the grave abuses involved in the bogus Russiagate scandal, many of the Democrats on this committee have attempted to discredit me by...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner Dermot Shea called on district attorneys across the five boroughs and the New York state’s Chief Judge Janet DiFiore to fully reopen courts during a recent uptick in shootings in the city. “I want to convene everyone and figure out what can the city of New York do to help each of you and all your colleagues get all of this right because, again, a little beginning of the court system won’t get it done. We need to find a way to get back to full strength,” de Blasio told reporters on Monday. ”...
    “Minneapolis residents in some areas still recovering from rioting and unrest are forming community watch and security groups, some bearing firearms, to fight a surge of crime,” reports the Wall Street Journal. While no one can blame the residents — in fact they should be applauded for doing what it takes to protect their own – this is, in ways I’ll explain below, not good. It is, however, a sign of things to come in countless Democrat-run cities: In late June, residents near a commercial strip that had been looted, and the 3rd Precinct station that was abandoned and burned, were seeing a surge of shooting and drug-related crime on their block. “It got to the point where crime had...
    More than three dozen people were injured or killed during a weekend of violent crime in Chicago, police said. A total of 47 people were injured during shootings in the city starting Friday, and two people were killed. On Sunday afternoon, a 37-year-old man was riding his bicycle through a neighborhood on the 4000 block of West Carroll Avenue when he was shot in the chest and neck. He was taken to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. A 19-year-old woman was killed overnight Saturday when shots rang out on the 3000 block of East 78th Street. Police said the woman was standing in the parking lot of an apartment building when she was shot...