May 15, 1995 in Nation/World

Fbi Agent Blasts Courts’ ‘Leniency’

Compiled From Wire Services

A young FBI agent critically wounded in a shootout last year condemned America’s “failed criminal justice system” at a candlelight vigil to open National Police Week.

In an address before about 8,000 people at the National Law Enforcement Memorial, agent John Kuchta said it is time to “stop basing our criminal justice policies on the excuses for criminal behavior and start focusing on the consequences.”

Kuchta, 32, was shot five times by a gunman who opened fire in District of Columbia police headquarters on Nov. 22. Two fellow agents and a homicide detective were killed before the gunman killed himself.

Kuchta vowed while he was recovering from his wounds that he would spread the message that “we as Americans have had enough” with leniency toward criminals.

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