Special Agent Mac McCaskill
I’m a native of the state here in New Mexico. And so my eyes were pretty wide open about what to expect in terms of coming out to a place like Gallup and working Indian Country cases.
But even with eyes wide open it’s still surprising the nature of the reservations and the kind of crime that we work here. And it’s still difficult to comprehend.
With our caseloads sometimes being as much as 60-75 percent assaults against children—sexual assaults against children—it’s hard not to work those cases. I know a lot of people who have told me over the years that they’d have a difficult time as an agent working cases like that again and again and again. And they say, “How can you work that?”
And my answer is almost always “How can you not?” Because those are the kinds of cases where on a real fundamental level you’re able to make a difference in a family and a victim’s life beyond sort of the investigation and prosecution of the case.