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Operation Legend: Department of Justice Assistance to Curb Increases in Violent Crime [July 31, 2020]   [open pdf - 556KB]

From the Document: "On July 22, 2020, Attorney General (AG) William Barr announced that the Department of Justice (DOJ) was expanding Operation Legend--which started in Kansas City, MO, on July 8, 2020--to Chicago, IL, and Albuquerque, NM. As a part of Operation Legend, DOJ plans to send agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS); the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) to these cities to work in conjunction with state and local law enforcement to address violent crime. The Department of Homeland Security's (DHS's) Homeland Security Investigations also is to participate in Operation Legend. On July 29, 2020, AG Barr announced that DOJ would send additional agents to Detroit, MI; Cleveland, OH; and Milwaukee, WI, in a further expansion of Operation Legend. DOJ is also providing grant funding to the cities targeted for Operation Legend. State and local law enforcement agencies have worked with federal law enforcement in the past on a variety of task forces, and federal law enforcement assistance is usually welcome. However, in Portland, OR, in a DHS operation (Operation Diligent Valor), which is separate from Operation Legend, there have been reports of DHS law enforcement officers in military-style uniforms having detained protestors and placed them in unmarked vehicles. These reports have raised concerns about how DOJ and DHS agents deployed under Operation Legend might operate."

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CRS Insight, IN11476
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2020-07-31
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Public Domain
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Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/
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