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

Overview


While many people are familiar with the U.S. Marshals Service’s reputation from frontier days, when legendary lawmen such as Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson enforced the Wild West, the agency’s modern exploits are less well known. One Marshal’s Badge sheds light on the service’s valuable role in current national and international affairs through the intriguing figure of Louie McKinney, the agency’s former director. McKinney’s life is an inspirational story of personal fortitude and professional achievement. Growing...
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Overview


While many people are familiar with the U.S. Marshals Service’s reputation from frontier days, when legendary lawmen such as Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson enforced the Wild West, the agency’s modern exploits are less well known. One Marshal’s Badge sheds light on the service’s valuable role in current national and international affairs through the intriguing figure of Louie McKinney, the agency’s former director. McKinney’s life is an inspirational story of personal fortitude and professional achievement. Growing up a sharecropper’s 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 Marshal’s Badge offers a rare glimpse into the Marshal Service’s 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.
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“This is a compelling story that needed to be told. It is the story of a man upon whose shoulders the men and women of today’s U.S. Marshals Service are standing. It is the story that captures in a powerful and meaningful way a significant portion of the history of our nation and its oldest federal law enforcement agency. It is a story of courage, compassion, perseverance, service, and honor.”

“I’ve had great admiration for the U.S. Marshals since they escorted me to the first integrated elementary school in New Orleans. Despite the tough job they faced that day, they were caring and concerned about my welfare. I’m so happy to see Louie McKinney’s story in print. His inspiring story will familiarize everyone with these unsung lawmen.”

John Marshall

“This is a compelling story that needed to be told. It is the story of a man upon whose shoulders the men and women of today’s U.S. Marshals Service are standing. It is the story that captures in a powerful and meaningful way a significant portion of the history of our nation and its oldest federal law enforcement agency. It is a story of courage, compassion, perseverance, service, and honor.”—John Marshall, former director of the U.S. Marshals Service
Ruby Bridges

“I’ve had great admiration for the U.S. Marshals since they escorted me to the first integrated elementary school in New Orleans. Despite the tough job they faced that day, they were caring and concerned about my welfare. I’m so happy to see Louie McKinney’s story in print. His inspiring story will familiarize everyone with these unsung lawmen.”—Ruby Bridges, civil rights activist, author of Through My Eyes, and chair of the Ruby Bridges Foundation
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597973670
  • Publisher: Potomac Books
  • Publication date: 9/30/2009
  • Pages: 210
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Louie McKinney currently serves as a director at MVM, Inc., and special investigator for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. During his time with the U.S. Marshals Service from 1968 to 1994, he worked as chief inspector for Interpol, deputy chief of Witness Security, U.S. marshal for the Virgin Islands, and chief of the enforcement division. In 2001, President George W. Bush appointed him the acting director of the United States Marshals Service. McKinney has received various awards and citations, including U.S. Marshals Service Director’s Award for Operation STOP (1989) and U.S. Attorney General Special Achievement Award for Witness Security (1975). He lives in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, with his wife, Judy, and their two children.

Pat Russo has more than twenty-five years of professional writing experience, including working as a writer and editor on the communications staffs of Fortune 500 corporations. He lives in northern New Jersey.

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