Operation Legend in Chicago has resulted in 500 arrests, US Attorney General William Barr says

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Wednesday, September 9, 2020
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Attorney General William Barr says crime is down and order is being restored in Chicago.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- US Attorney General William Barr said Operation Legend has resulted in hundreds of arrests in Chicago as he gave an update on the federal crime-fighting initiative Wednesday morning.

Since the program launched in July, Attorney General Barr said more than 500 people have been arrested and 124 people have been charged with federal crimes.

AG William Barr gives Operation Legend update

Operation Legend has deployed 1,000 federal agents to nine cities, including 400 to Chicago.

In the first five weeks of Operation Legend in Chicago, Barr said murders dropped by 50 percent over the previous five weeks.

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"The bottom line is Operation Legend has played a critical role in cutting Chicago's murder rate roughly in half since before the operation," Barr said.

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The Department of Justice operation involves federal agents conducting large scale, counter-gang investigations involving confidential informants, covert aerial surveillance and dangerous street work, according to officials.