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Retired DEA Agent Was Trailblazer for Better Treatment of African Americans, Women in Bureau

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Arthur Lewis, the first African American acting deputy administrator of the DEA, rose to prominence after starting his career on the hardscrabble streets of Harlam as an undercover agent.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Lewis is credited with breaking down racial barriers and winning a legal battle in the 1970s to improve treatment of black and female agents.

It was a tough journey that spanned nearly three decades and involved some of the most dangerous assignments, Lewis, 84, told the Inquirer during an interview at his home in Cherry Hill.

“It was hard work and it was difficult,” Lewis recalled. “But to me, it was very worthwhile.”

Added Lewis Rice, a former special agent, “He’s a living legend, a legend for all ages.”

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Inspector General: FBI Failed to Properly Assess Suspected Boston Marathon Bomber for Reported Extremism

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

If the FBI conducted a “more thorough assessment” of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the bureau may have been able to prevent the attack, according to an Inspector General report, The Los Angeles Times writes.

The report concludes the FBI should have done a better job handling Russian intelligence that suggested Tsarnaev was embracing Islamic extremism and could pose a threat.

The FBI investigated Tsarnaev based on a 2011 tip from Russia, but the bureau found links to terrorism.

Troublesome Picture Emerges of Police Brutality Within Albuquerque Police Department

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Criticizing the Albuquerque Police Department for a well-documented history of police brutality and unjustified deadly force, the U.S. Justice Department painted a disturbing picture of the department.

CNN reports that the report details police officers killing an unarmed drug store robber, a 19-year-old who was “motionless on his back” and a 25-year-old veteran who was threatening to commit suicide.

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City officials didn’t immediately respond to the findings.

The report could result in long-term oversight of the department.

Student Slashes, Stabs 21 Classmates, Security Guard at Pennsylvania High School

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

In an era of school shootings, sophomore Alex Hribal brought knives.

The 16-year-old boy used two 8-inch knives during a vicious attack Wednesday morning at a high school near Pittsburgh, PA, stabbing and slashing 21 fellow students and a security guard, the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports.

“When I saw a kid bleeding on the ground is when I realized this was really serious,” student Hope Demont told the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.

Hribal, who was treated for minor hand wounds, was charged as an adult following the attack. Four of his classmates were in critical condition Wednesday evening.

Elite FBI Team Rescues Kidnapped Man from Atlanta Apartment Late Wednesday

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

In a daring rescue mission late Wednesday, the FBI saved a man being held in an Atlanta apartment.

The News & Observer reports that Frank Arthur Janssen, 63, was rescued unhurt by an elite rescue team. It was unclear this morning whether arrests have been made.

Janssen went missing after coming home from a bike ride Saturday morning. His wife found droplets of blood.

Wake Forest police brought in the FBI, which determine it was a kidnapping case.

Middle School Gang Suspected of Mob Violence in Downtown Louisville Last Month

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Three hours of mob violence in downtown Louisville last month was perpetuated by a gang of middle school students who call themselves “Young ‘N Off that,” or YNO.

Louisville Courier-Journal reports that the students are “armed in a major way” and belong to several different schools after it started at Frost Middle School.

The gang of students showed up to Waterfront Park on March 22 to fight another local gang, Trill Young Savages, or TYS, according to an FBI memo.

“TYS members apparently didn’t show, which is when the ‘mob violence’ ensued,” the agent wrote.

The teens committed at least 20 robberies assaults and acts of vandalism.

Border Patrol Agent Taken to Hospital After Head Slammed into Tree By Illegal Immigrant

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A 39-year-old Guatemalan suspected of entering the country illegally is behind bars after slamming a Border Patrol agent’s head into a tree branch in Texas early Sunday morning.

The agent, who was identified only as J.C., was taken to a hospital for lacerations on his face, but the injuries are not life-threatening, The Monitor reports.

The suspect, Cresencio Perez, was ordered to jail without bond.

The struggle ensued after the agent began to chase Perez.

Gunmaker Sues ATF, Saying Feds Wrongly Classified Its ‘Muzzle Brake’ a Silencer

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A gunmaker is suing the ATF for claiming the company is selling a gun silencer.

Gunmaker Sig Sauer said that the ATF wrong classified its “muzzle brake” as a silencer.

“If classified as a silencer, no market exists for the subject device given that it will not silence, muffle, or diminish the report of a firearm and yet it would still be subject to the burdensome requirements set forth above as if it really is a silencer,” Sig argues through

Manchester attorney Mark Rouvalis and Virginia attorney Stephen Halbrook.

By classifying it as a silencer, sales will drop significantly because people won’t want to deal with the “required burdens” that come with a silencer.

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