Thursday, November 2, 2006

Operation Falcon: 11,000 Americans Arrested and Jailed.

Who knew we had 11,000 fugitives among us?
A week-long sweep targeting unregistered sex offenders, gang members and other violent criminals has led to the arrest of 433 fugitives in Massachusetts and 10,773 nationwide, according the US Marshal Service. In the third and largest dragnet of its kind, dubbed Operation Falcon III, deputy US Marshals teamed with 46 state, federal and local law enforcement agencies in Massachusetts to hunt for some of the region's most wanted fugitives between Oct. 22 and 28. ... The nearly 11,000 fugitives arrested across the country included 364 gang members and thousands of others sought on kidnapping, robbery, burglary, carjacking and weapons charges. More than 230 weapons were collected. ... The sweep "has made our nation's neighborhoods and children safer by taking off the streets some of the worst sex offenders, violent felons and gang members," Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said in a prepared statement. ...

Check out this video from Operation Falcon II.
According to the press releases, which celebrated the dazzling display of law enforcement, the raids netted "162 accused or convicted of murder, 638 wanted for armed robbery, 553 wanted for rape or sexual assault, 154 gang members and 106 unregistered sex offenders." (CNN) Okay, that's roughly 1,000 criminals; what about the other 9,000? Traffic tickets, late child-support payments, jay-walking??? - counterpunch

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