Saturday, April 16, 2005
10,000 New Victims of the State
US police catch 10,000 fugitives
More than 150 murder suspects were arrestedUS police have arrested more than 10,000 fugitives in just six days, in what they say is the largest operation of its kind in US history.
More than 3,000 federal and local officers made the arrests during Operation Falcon, from 4-10 April.
Attorney-General Alberto Gonzales said law enforcement officers primarily targeted violent offenders.
The number of fugitives arrested is about 10 times as many as were detained in the same period last year.
"Fugitives belong behind bars, and the arrests of 10,340 fugitives translates into safer communities," said Ben Reyna, director of the federal US Marshals Service, the Reuters news agency reported.
A total of 162 murder suspects, 553 rape or sexual assault suspects and 154 gang members were arrested, US Marshals said.
10,000 in one week. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
I'll wager that at least half of these people
1. are innocent of the crimes of which they stand accused, and
2. are black.
But who knows? If you torture them enough, I'm sure they'll own up to anything, Mr. Gonzales, anything you want them to.
Empty streets do not justice make.
Imprisoned people do not justice make either.
Misery isn't justice.
Punishment isn't justice.
Dragnets are not justice.