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Archive for February 15th, 2013

Savannah Police Department Under FBI Investigation Over Claims of Under-Reporting Crime

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating claims that the Savannah-Chatham Police Department is under-reporting or failing to report crimes, Savannah Now reports.

Alderman Tony Thomas suggested in January that the department’s record-low crime levels are the result of officers failing to report many crimes, Savannah Now reported.

Other council members said they had heard similar complaints.

Acting City Manager Stephanie Cutter said she received 11 complaints about the reporting problems.

Al Capone an “Amateur” Compared to the FBI’s New “Public Enemy Number One”

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The head of a criminal enterprise in Chicago is far more violent and dangerous than mob boss Al Capone ever was, according to the FBI.

To capture the elusive, vicious Joaquin Guzman Loera, the FBI said it has joined forces with the Chicago Police Department, naming Joaquin Guzman Loera “Public Enemy Number One.”

“Not since the Chicago Crime Commission’s first “Public Enemy Number One” has any criminal deserved this title more than Joaquin Guzman Loera,” said J.R. Davis, President and Chairman of the Chicago Crime Commission. “Compared to Guzman, Al Capone looks like an amateur. Guzman is currently heading the largest and most powerful crime organization in Mexico.”

Davis said Lorea’s group – the Sinaloa cartel in Mexico – is the major supplier of narcotics in Chicago.

“His agents are working in the Chicago area importing vast quantities of drugs for sale throughout the Chicago region and collecting and sending to Mexico tens of millions of dollars in drug money,” Davis said.

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Justice Department, FBI: Budget Cuts Would Undermine Public Safety

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department and FBI warned Thursday that public safety is at risk if across-the-board budget cuts proceed, the Huffington Post reports.

The result would be devastating: FBI furloughs would reduce the number of cases the bureau can take; the Justice Department wouldn’t be able to prosecute as many cases; and the opening of four new prisons would be delayed, according to the Huffington Post.

“These would be cuts that impact not just DOJ employees, they would impact our citizens, and our safety, in every city and town in the country,” said Attorney General Eric Holder.

In the event of budget reductions, “the FBI would be required to do less in all its programs, including against al-Qaida and its affiliated groups, as well as the growing and sophisticated threats from cyberattacks, foreign intelligence and national and transnational criminal activities,” said FBI Director Robert Mueller.

The cuts will take place if Congress and President Obama don’t find alternative reductions.