Trump to expand 'Operation Legend' crime initiative to Albuquerque - official

By Jeff Mason and Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's administration will announce on Wednesday an expansion of its 'Operation Legend' program to include Albuquerque, New Mexico, in a further effort by federal officials to tackle violence, an administration official said. The program involves deploying federal law enforcement agents to U.S

Reuters July 23, 2020 00:13:19 IST
Trump to expand 'Operation Legend' crime initiative to Albuquerque - official

Trump to expand Operation Legend crime initiative to Albuquerque  official

By Jeff Mason and Sarah N. Lynch

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's administration will announce on Wednesday an expansion of its "Operation Legend" program to include Albuquerque, New Mexico, in a further effort by federal officials to tackle violence, an administration official said.

The program involves deploying federal law enforcement agents to U.S. cities to assist local police in combating what the Justice Department has described as a "surge" of violent crime.

Trump is scheduled to make remarks about the program at 3:15 p.m. ET (1915 GMT) on Wednesday.

The Republican president has sharply criticized Democratic leaders for presiding over cities and states that are experiencing crime waves, using the issue as part of a "law and order" push he hopes will resonate with his political base ahead of the Nov. 3 election.

Trump has emphasized a robust policing and military approach to the protests across the United States about racial inequality after the death of George Floyd, a Black man, in Minneapolis police custody.

The White House has sought to focus on city crime even as Trump's approval numbers plummet in response to his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

The "Operation Legend" program involves federal agents form the FBI, U.S. Marshals Service and other agencies, partnering with local law enforcement.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has said federal intervention was not required to help with violence in New York City, and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has also urged Trump not to send unidentified federal agents to her city.

A Justice Department official said the initiative is not related to the use of federal agents from the Department of Homeland Security to quell unrest in Portland, Oregon.

"Operation Legend" is named for LeGend Taliferro, a 4-year-old boy who was shot and killed while he slept early June 29 in Kansas City, Missouri, according to the Department of Justice's website.

(Reporting by Jeff Mason and Sarah Lynch; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Jonathan Oatis)

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