KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- The U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri and the mayor of Kansas City laid out details of Operation Legend on Wednesday.

It's an effort announced by The White House last week to respond to the spike in violence crime in Kansas City.

The effort is named after LeGend Taliferro, a 4-year-old shot and killed while asleep in his bed late last month.

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Four-year-old LeGend M. Taliferro was shot at a Kansas City apartment.

There are 250 federal agents from the FBI, ATF, DEA and U.S. Marshals Service preparing to come to Kansas City to assist Kansas City police with investigations.

Kansas Citians won’t be seeing feds patrolling the streets and there won’t be troops or tanks. Mayor Quinton Lucas and U.S. Attorney Tim Garrison wanted to make it very clear. This this is simply ramping up investigative efforts to solve more homicides.

The White House announced Operation: Legend in a news conference last week taking the mayor and a lot of other officials by surprise.

Garrison says that is not how he wanted the operation to be rolled out, and he didn’t even know The White House was going to have that news conference.

Earlier this week, Garrison and Lucas held a meeting with Legend's family, civil rights groups, community activist and clergy to address concerns and dispel myths about what the operation is about.

"It is not about troops. It is not about tanks. These are professional criminal investigators and analysts who are coming to Kansas City to assist local law enforcement, not to replace them," Garrison said.

LeGend’s mother and grandparents stood beside Garrison and Lucas as they laid out the details on the operation.

They support the effort, as does Kansas City Mother’s in Charge, who wants to challenge the community to step up and help with the operation and get violent offenders off the streets.

“I’m challenging my community to step up and speak out. Let’s do something that we have never done. Let’s embrace this operation and embrace more law-enforcement coming in to help our Police Department. Because they need help,” Founder of KC Mothers in Charge Rosilyn Temple said.

So far in 2020, Kansas City is at 101 homicides and on track to be the most violent year in the city’s history.

Every week in Kansas City we have a minor who is shot. Many who live. But we have young people getting shot every week in this city. That’s what we need to be resolved to stop,” Mayor Lucas said.

An unprecedented spike in violent crime deserves and unprecedented response from government authorities,” Garrison said.

Missouri Governor Mike Parson also had an announcement regarding violent crime Wednesday.

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[sleeping] Oh goody, more cops. We can't arrest or shoot our way out of the problems we have. The problems we have are not solved by more bad policing. If you refer to Sir Robert Peel's Principles of Policing you will see the folly of this surge of cops. Principle Number 9, "To recognize always that the test of police efficiency is the absence of crime and disorder, and not the visible evidence of police action in dealing with them." Law Enforcement has failed and this surge won't fix it. There may not be tanks on the streets, rest assured they will be close by if we create a Minneapolis or Louisville.

"To prevent crime and disorder, as an alternative to their repression by military force and severity of legal punishment." This is the First Principle and for good reason, instead of preventing crime, we only look to militarize and punish. We fill prisons with people who can't afford justice and allow those who can to walk the streets.

We need to remove LEOs from the equation and look for root causes. We can then fix them. More police action doesn't solve problems it only highlights how broken our society is. We are wasting money on more cops while the real issues such as poverty, greed, jobs, education, housing, ethics, and justice go wanting because it's cooler to throw the badge around instead of prevention and solving problems. Our city won't be any better with all the extra badges go home. I just hope more people aren't needlessly killed in the process.

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