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FBI to Probe Ark. Cop’s Use of Taser on 10-Year-Old Girl

taser gunBy Allan Lengel

What do you get when you have a cop, a stun gun and an unruly 10-year-old girl who doesn’t want to take a shower?

Answer: An FBI investigation.

The Associated Press is reporting that the Ozark, Ark., Mayor Vernon McDaniel and the city Police Chief Jim Noggle announced on Friday that the FBI was investigating a Nov. 11 incident  in which officer Officer Dustin Bradshaw allegedly used a stun gun on a 10-year-old girl.

He was been suspended with pay for a week for not having a video camera attached to his Taster.

The AP reported that the mother had summoned police because her daughter refused to take a shower. The mother supposedly suggested the officer use the stun gun after the girl became violent and verbally combative. He apparently complied with the request.

Atty. Gen. Eric Holder Tells Detroit Crowd Arab-American and Muslim Rights Must be Protected

The Justice Department and FBI need to continually work on the relationship with the Arab-American and Muslim communities no matter how strained things get. It’s good for both sides. And no better place to make a speech like this than in the Detroit area, home to one of the largest, if not thee largest, Arab-American populations in the country.



DETROIT — Reaching out to Arab Americans and Muslims, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said in a Detroit speech Thursday night that their full rights must be protected as the country battles security threats.

“This is not blind adherence to political correctness,” Holder told hundreds at the Detroit Marriott in the Renaissance Center. “It is devotion to our founding documents.”

He said that it’s vital that all ethnic and religious groups in America be treated equally. He also said racial profiling was bad policy that breeds mistrust and division.

“For the last nine months, I’ve heard from Muslim and Arab Americans who feel uneasy about their relationship with their government, who feel isolated and discriminated against by law enforcement,” Holder said. “It is inconsistent with what America is all about.”

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FBI and Postal Investigators Arrest 26 in Scheme to Defraud FCC’s Program for Hard of Hearing and Deaf

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — Twenty six people around the nation were indicted in a scheme to rip off millions of dollars from the Federal Communications Commission’s program that allows the deaf and hard of hearing to communicate with the hearing through special video equipment.

FBI agents and Postal Inspectors from states including New York, Florida, Oregon, Texas and Maryland arrested the defendants in the case on Thursday, federal authorities said.

The defendants were people involved in companies that got reimbursed for providing the FCC’s  Video Relay Service, authorities said, adding that they allegedly filed tens of millions of dollars in bogus bills.

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2 More Philly Cops Stripped of Police Powers in Ongoing FBI Probe

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By Allan Lengel
Two more Philadelphia cops have been stripped of their police powers as part of an ongoing FBI/local probe into perjury and misconduct in the department, the Philadelphia Daily News reported.

The department’s Internal Affairs Bureau took the action against the officers,  bringing to five the number of cops who have been stripped of their police powers since February, the Daily News reported.

The paper reported earlier this year that one of the officers allegedly told an informant to lie about drug buys so he could obtain search warrants for homes of suspected dealers.

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Column: 9/11 Trials in NY Really About the “Word War”

Morning in ManhattanBy Eugene Robinson
The Washington Post

WASHINGTON — Critics of Attorney General Eric Holder’s decision to bring the self-proclaimed mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks and four other accused terrorists to New York for trial can’t seriously believe the city will have trouble handling the expected “trial of the century” hoopla.

The critics can’t really think a judge is going to give Khalid Sheik Mohammed an open microphone to spew his jihadist views, or fear that a jury — sitting just blocks from Ground Zero — will look for reasons to let an accused mass murderer off on some technicality.

Everyone knows that the bloodthirsty blowhard — whom officials often refer to by his initials, KSM — is never going to see the light of day. The uproar is really about the word “war.” Outrage is being voiced by those who worry that Holder and President Obama are abandoning the Bush-era doctrine of a “war on terrorism” that must at all times be conducted by military means.

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FBI Names Jeffrey Johnson Assist. Dir. for Office of Inform. Tech. Systems

Jeffrey Johnson/fbi photo

Jeffrey Johnson/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — Jeffrey C. Johnson has been named the FBI’s assistant director for the Office of Information Technology Systems Development. He will also assume the role of the agency’s chief technology officer, the FBI announced Thursday.

Before joining the bureau in August, he worked in the private sector where “he managed a variety of information technology development projects. He provided enterprise instant messaging platforms and managed world-class solutions for server build, patching, server management, server imaging, and host intrusion prevention,” the FBI said in a press release.

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Can You Spell M-I-S-T-R-I-A-L? Jury in Gotti Case Claims to Be Deadlocked

By Allan Lengel

Can you spell M-I-S-T-R-I-A-L?

Well, it may be too early to assume one will be declared in the racketeering trial of mobster John Gotti Jr., but  it can’t be ruled out at this point.

A federal judge in New York ordered jurors on Thursday to keep deliberating even after they declared themselves deadlocked, according to the New York Daily News.

The jury foreman sent a note to U.S. District Judge  Kevin Castel which said unable to reach a unanimous verdict” on the three counts, the Daily News reported.

Jurors are off Friday and are expected to resume deliberations on Monday.

The fact the jury is deadlocked doesn’t automatically mean there will be a mistrial. Juries have been known to arrive at a verdict even after telling the judge they’re deadlocked.

Ex-Atty. Gen. Ed Meese Latest Big Name to Criticize White House on 9/11 Civilian Trial

Ed Meese/ photo

Ed Meese/ photo

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — Former Atty. Gen. Edwin Meese III, who served under President Ronald Reagan, is the latest big name to publicly criticize the White House decision to prosecute the 9/11 terror suspects in a civilian court in New York.

The Distinguished Fellow in Public Policy and Chairman of the Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at The Heritage Foundation, released the following statement:

“It is clear that foreign terrorists and terrorist groups have committed acts of war against the United States, and that our national security requires that we respond accordingly. This means that President Bush’s prudent actions and the military response which he led should continue as our answer to these attacks.”

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