Remember when Democrats tried to paint MS-13 members as the kids next door?
Well, that narrative got even harder to push after almost two dozen members of the gang were charged with a series of murders that have been described as both “brutal” and “grisly.”
Earlier this week, the indictment was handed down in a California court. In all, there were 22 members of the MS-13 gang brought up on charges in the 12-count indictment. The gang members were charged with killing a total of seven people over the course of several years.
In addition to innocents, the group is alleged to have either murdered or planned to murder several rival gang members and possible government witnesses against the gang.
Those in the group being charged are all allegedly members of the Fulton clique, a particularly violent subset of the gang. This particular gang operates in the San Fernando Valley.
According to authorities, this local gang is made up of mostly Central American immigrants. The indictment stated that these murders were committed as a way for younger members to gain acceptance in the gang.
Not only did the gang members kill these individuals, but they also did so in a way that was simply brutal. In at least once instance, machetes were used to kill.
Federal prosecutors stated: “The victim was dismembered, and his body parts were thrown into a canyon after one of the defendants allegedly cut the heart out of the victim’s body.”
The investigation that led to this indictment was a multi-agency effort between the FBI, the LAPD, and the LA County Sheriff’s Department. The indictment was the result of more than a year-long cooperative effort by these groups.
“We have now taken off the streets nearly two dozen people associated with the most violent arm of the MS-13 in Los Angeles, where the gang is believed to have killed 24 people over the last two years,” U.S. Attorney Nick Hanna said.
He went on to tout the collaborative efforts of the law enforcement agencies. He also emphasized that the level of violence by these gangs is something the area has not seen in decades.
It is very reasonable to assume an effort such as this would not have even been possible were it not for the immigration policies of the current president of the United States, Donald Trump.