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ICE's 'Operation Raging Bull' Nets 267 MS-13 Arrests

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 17:24

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) officials today announced the results of stepped up efforts by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the departments to target and dismantle MS-13—culminating in the arrest of 267 in the U.S. and overseas.

"Operation Raging Bull" was led by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) with support from federal, state, local and international law enforcement partners, and was conducted in support of the Department of Justice's renewed prioritization of the violent transnational gang.

The operation was conducted in two phases, targeting dangerous gang members and their global financial networks. In September, ICE announced the results of the first phase of this operation which netted 53 arrests in El Salvador at the conclusion of an 18-month investigation. The second phase was conducted across the U.S. from Oct. 8 to Nov. 11, and concluded with 214 MS-13 arrests nationwide.

"MS-13 has long been a priority for ICE. However we are now combating the gang with renewed focus and an unprecedented level of cooperation among DHS's components and our domestic and international partners," said Thomas Homan, ICE Deputy Director and Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Director. "We will not rest until every member, associate, and leader of MS-13 has been held accountable for their crimes, and those in this country illegally have been removed."

Of the total 214 arrests made in the U.S., 93 were arrested on federal and/or state criminal charges including murder, aggravated robbery, racketeering influenced corrupt organization (RICO) offenses, violent crime in aid of racketeering (VICAR) offenses, narcotics trafficking, narcotics possession, firearms offenses, domestic violence, assault, forgery, driving under the influence, and illegal entry/reentry. The remaining 121 were arrested on administrative immigration violations.

 

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NJ Gang Member Reportedly Plotted to Kill Asbury Park Officer

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 13:22

Three people, including one who discussed a plot to kill an Asbury Park (NJ) police officer, were arrested on drug and weapons charges early Friday, authorities said Saturday.

Law enforcement officers served a search warrant at a home before sunrise Friday, according to Asbury Park police spokesman Sgt. Michael Casey. 

Casey said in a news release the warrant was the "result of an investigation in which a local Blood gang member, Salik Hinton, had told several individuals that he was plotting to kill an Asbury Park police officer."

Read More at Asbury Park Press.

 

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Video: CO Agency Releases Footage of August OIS Involving "Gang Member"

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 12:52

VIDEO: CO Agency Releases Footage of August OIS Involving "Gang Member"

Nine months after a man who Pueblo Police say was a known gang member was shot and killed by officers during a tense confrontation, the department released body camera footage of the incident showing multiple vantage points.

The Pueblo Police Department chose to release the video publicly in light of a criminal justice records request, according to a news release that was distributed on Wednesday morning. The officers involved were cleared of any wrongdoing by the Pueblo County District Attorney's Office on Aug. 14. 

Pueblo Police say they were searching for the suspect, identified as 35-year-old Andrew Byrd, after a woman reported that he was armed and had stolen her vehicle the night of Feb. 4, 2017. He had several warrants for his arrest at the time, according to the Pueblo Police Department.

Officers stopped Byrd and here is the account of what happened during the shooting according to the department's news release.

“Mr. Byrd put his hands up. but then reached down to the console shifter and turned around to look back at Officer Whittemore. Mr. Byrd then disregarded officers’ commands and rapidly reversed the Camry, violently crashing into the front of Mr. Whittemore’s patrol vehicle and physically knocking Officer Whittemore, who was standing outside of his patrol vehicle behind the driver’s side door, backward.

“Mr. Byrd then turned into the direction of Officer Robison and accelerated. Officer Robinson stepped back and closed the driver’s door to his patrol vehicle, with the back of his body against the patrol vehicle. Officer Robinson aimed his duty firearm at Mr. Byrd and tracked him as he drove toward Officer Robinson. As Mr. Byrd drove by Officer Robinson, Officer Robison fired one shot into the driver’s side window of the Camry. The shot killed Mr. Byrd. Another officer on scene, Officer Bernadette Lambert, fired her duty firearm but did not strike Mr. Byrd.”

 

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