U.S. Marshals: Inside America's Most Storied Law Enforcement Agency
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Blending history and memoir, retired U.S. Marshal Mike Earp—a descendant of the legendary lawman Wyatt Earp—offers an exclusive and fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the most storied law enforcement agency in America, illuminating its vital role in the nation’s development for more than two hundred years.
Mike Earp spent his career with the U.S. Marshals Service, reaching the number three position in the organization’s hierarchy before he retired. In this fascinating, eye-opening book, written with the service’s full cooperation, he shares his experiences and takes us on a fascinating tour of this extraordinary organization—the oldest, the most effective, and the most dangerous branch of American law enforcement, and the least known.
Unlike their counterparts in the police and the FBI, U.S. Marshals aren’t responsible for investigating or prosecuting crimes. They pursue and arrest the most dangerous criminal offenders on U.S. soil, an extraordinarily hazardous job often involving gun battles and physical altercations. Earp takes us back to the service’s early days, explaining its creation and its role in the border wars that helped make continental expansion possible. He brings to life the gunslingers and gunfights that have made the Marshals legend, and explores the service’s role today integrating federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies in the hunt for the most notorious criminals—terrorists, drug lords, gun runners.
Setting his own experiences within the long history of the U.S. Marshals service, Earp offers a moving and illuminating tribute to the brave marshals who have dedicated their lives to keeping the nation safe.
members of his gang already had been convicted. As Brock explains, “One of his angry ex-girlfriends told Florida deputies he was up in Atlanta with another girl. They gave me her name and I checked with the utility companies and got the address of an apartment. I did surveillance on it for a while, but I didn’t see him. So I decided we were going to hit the house. This was in late October, and the temperature was dropping just below freezing.” Brock’s team consisted of about fifteen people. He
doubt innocent people were going to get hurt if we let him go. When he turned the corner to get on the interstate, he made a very wide turn onto the ramp so I decided I could pin him there. I turned and got inside his vehicle and he started ramming the left side of my car. That ramp is on a very steep embankment and he was trying to push me over the side. My tires were on the edge of the gravel trying to get traction. I fought him the whole way down the ramp. This was in the middle of rush hour,
bridge when the deputy in the follow car suddenly saw the van window explode. A microsecond later, a pair of Chuck Taylor sneakers popped out of the window. Evans had kicked out the window. Then he came out of the window. He was still restrained in handcuffs, a belly chain, and ankle cuffs, but he actually managed to twist his body out the window. He got caught on a window latch and was hung up and riding on the side of the van for a few seconds, then he dropped onto the road. A lady in a car
initially attracted a lot of young people to the job. Deputy Tony Burke said he joined the Marshals Service in the early 1990s for the same reason he previously had joined the U.S. Marines. To me, being a United States marshal was the purest form of law enforcement. In the movies I’d seen growing up, the marshals were always the guys wearing the white hats. It seemed pretty obvious to me that there would be more action, more freedom, and a much wider type of cases than any other law enforcement
case in Miami. The files contained all the information we had, including license plate numbers, phone numbers, known associates, family members, and residences. It helped make us a truly national agency, and fugitives could no longer be confident of their safety by putting miles between themselves and their pursuers. WIN served as the information backbone of the fugitive program for the next three decades, and continues to do so. The advent of WIN also signaled the beginning of the criminal