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Archive for November 28th, 2012

State AG: Border Patrol Agents Used Justified Deadly Force in Maine Home Shooting

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two border patrol agents who opened fire inside a Maine home while responding to a domestic disturbance in June were justified in using deadly force, the state Attorney General’s office said Tuesday, the Bangor Daily News reports. 

Investigators said the agents, James Tierney and Chris Demanski, returned fire after the home’s 75-year-old occupant fired a shotgun blast that injured Tierney.

Turns out, Tierney and Demanski approached the house under the false belief that the alleged victim was still home and in need of help.

The agents fired their weapons because they thought they were in imminent danger, the AG concluded.

“It was reasonable for the agents to believe that unlawful deadly force was being used against them, and it was reasonable for the agents to believe that it was necessary for them to use deadly force to counter that use of deadly force,” Maine Attorney Gen. William Schneider said in a report released Tuesday, according to the paper.

 

FBI Probes Dozens of Bomb Threats that Shut Down Buildings in 30 Tennessee Counties

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating a rash of telephone bomb threats to buildings in 30 counties in Tennessee, Reuters reports.

Public facilities such as courthouses were shut down Tuesday following the threats.

“There were no devices found,” Dayla Qualls, spokeswoman for the state Department of Safety and Homeland Security, told Reuters.

Among the targets were the FBI and Criminal Justice Center in Memphis, both of which were evacuated.

Officials are trying to determine whether the bomb threats are tied to others around the country.

“We are working with the other divisions of the FBI in the other affected states to make a determination if there is a connection,” and if that is found the FBI will investigate any violations of federal law, said Joel Siskovic, spokesman for the FBI in Memphis.

FBI Busts Menacing Trio in Loan-Sharking Ring in Brooklyn

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An unlikely alliance between gangsters and the mafia was discovered by the FBI during an investigation of a loan-sharking ring, the New York Post reports.

The newspaper wrote that the Brooklyn-based FBI arrested purported Gambino crime family member James Ferrara, alleged Westies gang member Daniel Hanley and reputed Demon Knights motorcycle gangster Peter Kanakis.

The FBI says the trifecta were running a menacing, illegal outfit.

“Allegedly members of three different organized crime enterprises, these defendants nevertheless banded together and spoke the same language of violence, threats and intimidation to their victims. Such tactics will always be met with the full force of the law,” US Attorney Loretta Lynch said.

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Justice Department Investigates Albuquerque Police Department for Use of Excessive Force

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department is launching an investigation of the Albuquerque Police Department following more than two dozen shootings, the New York Times reports.

The probe is to determine whether police used excessive force, including unreasonable deadly force, against suspects.

“We will peel the onion to its core, and we will leave no stone unturned,” Thomas E. Perez, the assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, said at a news conference in Albuquerque.

“We will talk to department leadership and rank-and-file officers,” Mr. Perez said. “We will also actively engage with the community, a critical part of the process of determining whether systemic violations exist.”

In the past two years, the police department has been involved in 25 shootings, 17 of which were fatal, the New York Times reported.

The frequency of the shootings has alarmed authorities.

Terror Suspects Claim FBI Agents Assaulted Them During Interrogation

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Four men accused of killing 76 people who were watching a 2010 World Cup soccer game on TV in Uganda claim FBI agents beat them up during questioning, the Huffington Post reports.

The suspects were punched, kicked and ridiculed, according to complaints to the Open Society Justice Initiative, an international rights group.

The FBI denies the charges.

“The FBI is responsible for investigating overseas terrorist attacks against U.S. persons or U.S. institutions. When investigating cases overseas, all FBI personnel operate within the guidelines established by the Attorney General as well as all other applicable laws, policies and regulations,” FBI spokesman Paul Bresson told the Huffington Post

The allegations are under investigation.