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One Marshal's Badge: A Memoir of Fugitive Hunting, Witness Protection, and the U.S. Marshals Service


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While many people are familiar with the U.S. Marshals Services reputation from frontier days, when legendary lawmen such as Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson enforced the Wild West, the agencys modern exploits are less well known. One Marshals Badge sheds light on the services valuable role in current national and international affairs through the intriguing figure of Louie McKinney, the agencys former director. McKinneys life is an inspirational story of personal fortitude and professional achievement. Growing up a sharecroppers son in the segregated South, McKinney rose to become the first career deputy to lead the Marshals Service. Prior to his promotion, McKinney contributed to the agency in many groundbreaking ways, including helping to restore order to the skies after a rash of airline hijackings in the early 1970s; guarding prisoner John Hinckley, the man who attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan, as a yearlong assignment; transporting criminals to trial and to prison in his own car before the creation of Con Air; enforcing the integration of Southern public schools as a black deputy marshal; and heading an innovative sting operation that netted hundreds of fugitives by enticing them with free football tickets. One Marshals Badge offers a rare glimpse into the Marshal Services inner workings, especially its witness protection program and elite SWAT team, and is an eyewitness account of the social turbulence that defined American history in the late twentieth century.

Table of Contents

Introduction — Early years: from the farm to the high seas — Tales of two badges: the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department and the U.S. Marshals Service — Before Con Air: transporting criminals in my car — A long bus ride: enforcing integration in the South — Preventing airline hijackings: the first sky marshals — Shadow stalkers: the creation of the Special Operations group — Inventing identities: the Witness Protection Program — Deputy in paradise: rising through the ranks in the U.S. Virgin Islands — Interpol: helping to police the world — Top cop: running the Marshals' fugitive apprehension operation — Working retirement: leading the Marshals service.

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A Memoir of Fugitive Hunting, Witness Protection, and the U.S. Marshals Service
Potomac Books
McKinney, Louie
Russo, Pat
Social Science : Ethnic Studies - African American Studies -
Law Enforcement
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Trade Cloth
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Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
9 x 6 in 1.06 lb

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Biography » General
Biography » Law Enforcement
History and Social Science » African American Studies » General
History and Social Science » Crime » Criminology
History and Social Science » Crime » Enforcement and Investigation

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