When Trump Tweets 'Law & Order', This Is What He Means

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Trump takes a lot of heat for his repeated, single line tweets of “Law & Order!” but there’s a very good reason he does it. Because for the last seven weeks, the Department of Justice has been engaged in a project called Operation Legend that has led to, according to Attorney General William Barr during a speech in Chicago Wednesday, 2000 arrests of individuals for serious crimes, with 592 of them charged federally.

Barr told the room Operation Legend is a “significant” effort to cut crime in the Windy City and other cities across the country.

“I am pleased to be in Chicago to address the most significant threat facing this city. The explosion of violent crime, particularly homicides in Chicago earlier this year, threatened not only safety but this city’s way of life. The federal government responded with Operation Legend, one of the most significant federal law enforcement operations in recent years,” Barr said. “We’ve dedicated hundreds of the federal government’s best investigators, analysts, fugitive trackers and other experts to work with our state and local colleagues in law enforcement here in Chicago to help get violent criminals off the streets and I am pleased to report Operation Legend is working. Crime is down and order is being restored to this great American city.”

Katie Pavlich of TownHall posted the stats provided by the DOJ and notes that “[n]early 600 illegal firearms have been seized in addition to 110 kilos of meth, fentanyl, heroin and cocaine.”

Kansas City, MO.

113 defendants have been charged with federal crimes outlined below.

-34 defendants have been charged with narcotics-related offenses;

-68 defendants have been charged with firearms-related offenses; and

-11 defendants have been charged with other violent crimes.

Albuquerque, NM.

45 defendants have been charged with federal crimes outlined below.

-17 defendants have been charged with narcotics-related offenses;

-22 defendants have been charged with firearms-related offenses; and

-6 defendants have been charged with other violent crimes.

Chicago, IL.

124 defendants have been charged with federal crimes outlined below.

-30 defendants have been charged with narcotics-related offenses;

-90 defendants have been charged with firearms-related offenses; and

-4 defendants have been charged with other violent crimes.

Cleveland, OH.

66 defendants have been charged with federal crimes outlined below.

-41 defendants have been charged with narcotics-related offenses;

-22 defendants have been charged with firearms-related offenses; and

-3 defendants have been charged with other violent crimes.

Detroit, MI.

58 defendants have been charged with federal offenses outlined below.

-29 defendants have been charged with narcotics-related offenses;

-26 defendants have been charged with firearms-related offenses; and

-3 defendants have been charged with other violent crimes.

Milwaukee, WI.

16 defendants have been charged with federal crimes outlined below.

-2 defendants have been charged with narcotics-related offenses;

-12 defendants have been charged with firearms-related offenses; and

-2 defendant has been charged with other violent crimes.

St. Louis, MO.

123 defendants have been charged with federal crimes.

-54 defendants have been charged with narcotics-related offenses;

-53 defendants have been charged with firearms-related offenses; and

-16 defendants have been charged with other violent crimes.

Memphis, TN.

16 defendants have been charged with federal offenses.

-4 defendants have been charged with narcotics-related offenses;

-9 defendants have been charged with firearms-related offenses; and

-3 defendants have been charged with other violent crimes.

Indianapolis, IN.

31 defendants have been charged with federal crimes outlined below.

-10 defendants have been charged with narcotics-related offenses;

-17 defendants have been charged with firearms-related offenses; and

-4 defendants have been charged with other violent crimes.

According to Washington Examiner’s Jerry Dunleavy, the program has worked well in Chicago, cutting the disturbing rise in homicides in the city by half.

The Justice Department said Wednesday that in Chicago, there has been a 50% decrease in homicides in the first seven weeks of Operation Legend as compared to the five weeks before the launch of the effort, noting that between April 2020 and the end of July 2020, Chicago experienced a steady increase in deadly shootings, which significantly dropped in August. The DOJ also said that 124 defendants in Chicago were charged with federal crimes, including 30 for narcotics offenses, 90 for firearms offenses, and four more for other violent crimes.

So, going forward, when the president tweets something like this, it might be best to take him seriously.