The U.S. Marshals Service has completed an unprecedented series of raids across 12 cities that resulted in over 13,000 people being arrested on outstanding warrants.
The series of raids which ran from February into March was targeting over 8,000 fugitives that the Justice Department deemed to be the most violent wanted offenders in the country. The other 5,000+ arrests occurred during the course of the raids.
According to a Washington Times report:
The Justice Department announced the results of the six-week fugitive sweep Wednesday, which targeted individuals wanted for crimes like homicides, sex assaults and aggravated assaults.
Dubbed Operation Violence Reduction, the sweep focused on 12 cities currently combatting upticks in violent crime, including Baltimore; Washington, D.C.; Chicago; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and New Orleans.
“This was not a dragnet-type operation designed to arrest anyone with an outstanding warrant,” said Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates. “It was focused and targeted. That’s because we know that the majority of violence in our communities can usually be traced to a relatively small number of bad actors.”
Over 500 of the suspects were arrested on murder charges and over 900 were arrested on various sexual assault charges.