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Three men are first to be charged with federal gun crimes in Chicago under President Trump's 'Operation Legend' amid a surge in shootings and anti-racism protests

Three men in Chicago were charged with federal gun charges as part of President Trump's Operation Legend, which will deploy hundreds of additional federal agents to help law enforcement fight 'violent crimes' in the city. 
The U.S. Attorney's Office of the Northern District of Illinois revealed the suspects are the first to be charged under the new federal initiative that cropped up in early July.
The arrests come after Trump on Wednesday officially announced that 'hundreds' of federal officers would be deployed to Chicago and Albuquerque, New Mexico, as civilians clash with law enforcement during Black Lives Matter protests.  
Apart from protests, the City of Chicago has seen a surge in gun violence that resulted in more than 1,000 shootings this year and at least 414 murders - which is 50 per cent over 2019's data.
President Trump announced Operation Legend would be implemented in Chicago, Illinois, after a surge in gun violence and instances of violence amid protests. Pictured: Police separate a pro-police demonstrator from counter-demonstrators during a Blue Lives Matter protest on July 25
President Trump announced Operation Legend would be implemented in Chicago, Illinois, after a surge in gun violence and instances of violence amid protests. Pictured: Police separate a pro-police demonstrator from counter-demonstrators during a Blue Lives Matter protest on July 25

Darryl Collins, 30, of Dolton, was charged with one count of illegal possession of ammunition by a convicted felon.
Authorities said they spotted Collins on live public safety cameras 'adjusting an object in his waistband multiple times that appeared to be a firearm,' according to the official complaint.
Officers attempted to make contact with Collins, who reportedly fled into a Maryland resident's backyard to hide when they arrived on July 22. 
A single gunshot was fired while officers chased Collins, who fled on foot, before he was apprehended. 
Collins did not have a weapon on his person when arrested, but authorities found a loaded firearm under a folding table near the Maryland resident's backyard.
Romeo Holloway, 21, of Chicago, was charged with one count of illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Authorities noted that the East Garfield Park neighborhood, where Holloway was arrested, has recently seen 'a high number of firearm crimes, including shootings and homicides.'
Pictured: the firearm, loaded magazine and bullet that was recovered by police officers during their exchange with Holloway
Pictured: the firearm, loaded magazine and bullet that was recovered by police officers during their exchange with Holloway
Authorities were driving through Chicago when they spotted Holloway walking towards a blue Nissan and appeared to have a weapon in his waistband on July 21. 
Officers stopped Holloway and conducted a pat down, which led to officers reportedly finding a green and black Springfield Armory XD9 and a 9mm semi-automatic pistol loaded with 10 round of live ammo in his jeans. 
'Collins and Holloway were previously convicted of criminal felonies and were not lawfully allowed to possess a firearm or ammunition,' a statement read.
Darryl Phillips, 22, of Chicago, was charged with one count of illegal possession of a machine gun.
Chicago authorities obtained a search warrant for Phillips and his apartment on July 22 from the Circuit of Cook County.
They executed the warrant, located Phillips in his bedroom and searched his apartment after the arrest.
Pictured: A Glock Model pistol recovered by police officers who obtained a search warrant for Phillip's apartment
Pictured: A Glock Model pistol recovered by police officers who obtained a search warrant for Phillip's apartment 
Pictured: The firearm recovered by authorities was equipped with an auto-sear device
Pictured: The firearm recovered by authorities was equipped with an auto-sear device 
They claim to have found two firearms, suspected crack cocaine, narcotics packaging, a scale, an improvised grinder, a strainer and 'several' bundles of cash in his bedroom. 
All three men are currently detained in federal custody. 
Operation Legend, a Department of Justice initiative, was described as when 'federal law enforcement agencies work in conjunction with state and local law enforcement officials to fight violent crime.'
Under the initiative, Attorney General William Barr directed the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive, FBI, U.S. Marshals Service and the Drug Enforcement Administration to 'significantly increase resources' to help local officials fight violent crime.
Pictured: U.S Attorney General William Barr
Pictured: President Donald Trump
Operation Legend, a Department of Justice initiative, was launched under the Trump administration and authorized AG Barr (left) to send a number of federal agents to U.S. cities
It was named after LeGend Taliferro, a four-year-old boy who was shot dead in Kansas City, Missouri, on June 29 while sleeping in an apartment. 
'Operation Legend has strengthened our efforts to apprehend and charge illegal gun offenders in Chicago,' said U.S. Attorney Lausch.
'Under Operation Legend, we are working closer than ever with the Chicago Police Department, ATF, and other federal, state, and local law enforcement partners to arrest and prosecute individuals engaging in violent crime in the city.' 
In one instance of violent crime, a drive-by shooting at a Chicago funeral home wounded 14 people and prompted President Trump to send federal agents to quell violence. 
Police said at least 60 bullets were fired in the shootout last week, when gunmen in a car opened fire on the funeral party, who then returned fire on the vehicle. 
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot initially threatened to take legal action to block Trump from deploying federal agents to Chicago without her permission. 
And during an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper on Sunday, she doubled down that federal troops must cooperate with local officials.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (pictured) has been critical of federal agents being deployed to U.S. cities and maintained that any sent to Chicago must cooperate with local officials
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (pictured) has been critical of federal agents being deployed to U.S. cities and maintained that any sent to Chicago must cooperate with local officials 
'I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, no troops, no agents that are coming in outside of our knowledge, notification, and control that are violating people's constitutional rights. That’s the framework,' said Lightfoot.
'We can't just allow anyone to come into Chicago, play police in our streets and neighborhoods when they don't know the first thing about our city. That's a recipe for disaster.
'That's what you're seeing playing out in Portland on a nightly basis, we don't need that here. That's not a value add, it doesn't help enhance our public safety.'
Portland officials and Democrats have blasted the Trump administration for sending federal agents to the city without permission. 
'I stress that because that's, unlike what we saw in Portland where the administration parachuted in these additional federal agents without consulting anybody locally and ignoring the local U.S. attorney, very different circumstance here in Chicago,' said Lightfoot.     
But on Saturday night, clashes between federal agents, local police and Black Lives Matter demonstrations continued.
Demonstrators used fireworks or 'explosive devices' on federal agents in Portland, Seattle and Atlanta, while other demonstrations were held in Austin, Los Angeles and New York City. 
Pictured: Black Lives Matter demonstrators block Michigan Avenue during a protest on July 25, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois
Pictured: Black Lives Matter demonstrators block Michigan Avenue during a protest on July 25, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois
In Chicago, protests ramped up again Saturday as the Windy City braces for an influx of federal agents on the streets. 
During the day, several protests took place at Grant Park, where just days earlier the controversial statue of Christopher Columbus was taken down under the cover of darkness. 
Black Lives Matter protesters gathered, as did a 'Back the Blue' rally in support of law enforcement who chanted 'we love CPD'. 
As night fell, hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters continued to march peacefully southbound through the city.  
CHICAGO: Protests ramped up in Chicago again Saturday as the Windy City braces for an influx of federal agents on the streets
CHICAGO: Protests ramped up in Chicago again Saturday as the Windy City braces for an influx of federal agents on the streets
CHICAGO: As night fell, hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters continued to march peacefully southbound through the city
CHICAGO: As night fell, hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters continued to march peacefully southbound through the city
CHICAGO: Protesters take part in a demonstration against police violence and racial inequality in Chicago Saturday before night falls
CHICAGO: Protesters take part in a demonstration against police violence and racial inequality in Chicago Saturday before night falls

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