Be careful what you write on Facebook.
In one case, the FBI has the right to access the Facebook posts of a woman who is suing the bureau over what she claims was a misguided 2011 raid, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Shaquel Adams must turn over pages from her Facebook account, particularly to demonstrate claims that she suffered from severe emotional distress.
“While the Court acknowledges that discovery of such matters is intrusive and regards personal matters which are typically not shared publicly, by asserting claims seeking damages for their emotional distress allegedly sustained during the events of March 3, 2011, Plaintiffs have put their own mental health, therapy and school records at issue in this case,” U.S. District Judge Nora Barry Fischer wrote.
Posted: December 9th, 2013 under News Story.
Tags: emotional distress, facebook, FBI, lawsuit, raid
In the latest raid against public corruption in Detroit, the FBI descended on the home and business of a former Detroit Public Schools official, WXYZ reports.
The FBI said Carolyn Darden was the district’s director of grants when she helped herself to millions of tax dollars.
A federal affidavit accuses her and her husband of mishandling $6 million in grant money from “No Child Left Behind.”
Charges have not yet been filed.
Posted: October 24th, 2013 under FBI, News Story.
Tags: affadvit, Carolyn Darden, Detroit, Detroit Public Schools, director of grants, DPS, FBI, grant money, No Child Left Behind, public corruption, raid
A federal investigation has broken up an alleged sex slave operation involving girls as young as 14 and 15 years old in the Houston area, ABC 13 reports.
Several people are in custody after agents raided Houston bars that doubled as brothels Thursday, according to feds.
An indictment recently obtained by ABC 13 accuses the suspects of running an underage sex slave operation since 1999.
The victims were women and girls from Mexico, according to ABC 13.
“I think most of you will agree that nowhere in the world, especially right here in Houston, in our United States, should any human being be trafficked for profit or used as a reusable commodity,” said FBI special-agent-in-charge Stephen Morris.
Posted: October 14th, 2013 under FBI, News Story.
Tags: bars, brothels, federal investigation, raid, sex slave, underage, young girls
When DEA agents raided a house in San Diego and found ecstasy pills in April 2012, they placed Daniel Chong in a DEA holding cell.
What happened next cost the Justice Department $4.2 million in a lawsuit settlement that is expected to be announced today, the Associated Press reports.
The 23-year-old, who was not accused of any wrongdoing, spent four days in a DEA holding cell without food or water. He drank his own urine and was covered in feces when agents found him.
Chong was an engineering student at the University of California when he was at a friend’s house who was raided, according to the AP.
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Posted: July 31st, 2013 under FBI, News Story.
Tags: cruel and unusual punishment, Daniel Chong, DEA, DOJ, ecstacy, holding cell, Justice Department, raid, San Diego
Members of a Michigan militia, who were acquitted last year of trying to overthrow the federal government and murder police officers, are suing the FBI and Michigan State Police, saying feds violated their constitutional rights by raiding their homes and seizing their guns, the Detroit Free Press reports.
The March 27 lawsuit was filed by the Hutaree, a militia that believed the Antichrist, possibly President Obama, is leading the country. The goal is to create a “Colonial Christian Republic.”
The raids in March 2010 led to numerous charges but each defendant was acquitted.
During the raid, agents seized more than 40 guns and 100,000 of ammunition.
Posted: April 9th, 2013 under FBI, News Story.
Tags: constitutional rights, Michigan, Michigan State Police, militia, raid
During a raid, DEA agents in Texas knocked the homeowner unconscious, sent his wife into an epileptic fit and seized the children at gunpoint.
There’s one small problem: It was the wrong house.
That’s according to a recent lawsuit filed by Guillermo and Alejandra Ramirez, which are seeking $3 million in damages for false imprisonment, assault, negligent investigation and negligent surveillance, reports the Courthouse News.
They said the DEA acknowledged the mistake and apologized.
Posted: November 29th, 2012 under News Story.
Tags: assault, DEA, false imprisonment, lawsuit, negligent investigation, negligent surveillance, raid
An ICE agent whose house in Vermont was raided over firearms has retired as investigators continue to study the case, the Burlington Free Press reports.
Special Agent Richard Bernholz stepped down from his federal job Friday, about 13 months after ATF seized more than 155 firearms from his home in Franklin County, according to the Free Press.
Federal authorities have declined to comment on the investigation, which appears to have been sparked by a gun that Bernholz used in a shooting in Massachusetts, the Free Press reported.
Since October 2010, the longtime federal agent had been assigned to the Homeland Security Investigations Division of ICE.
Posted: August 31st, 2012 under News Story.
Tags: Guns, ICE, raid, retirement
By Allan Lengel
Make that two Ooops!
The Associated Press reported that the FBI last week used a chain saw to cut open an apartment door during a drug raid in Fitchburg, Mass., in Worcester County. Only thing is, it was the wrong apartment.
Agents also pointed guns at the people inside, AP reported.
The news service reported resident Judy Sanchez said she was terrified when she stepped into her kitchen and saw chainsaw blade cut through her door.
AP reported that she was held face down on the floor at gunpoint for at least 30 minutes while her 3-year-old daughter cried in another room.
AP reported that the FBI apologized and is paying for the damage.
Posted: February 1st, 2012 under FBI, News Story.
Tags: Drugs, FBI, raid