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Archive for August 14th, 2014

FBI Sends 65 Agents into High-Crime Areas of Chicago to Crack Down on Gangs

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has dispatched 65 agents across high-crime areas of Chicago to help crackdown on gang crime, Sneed reports.

“This is a new tactic the FBI is using in fighting crime,” an FBI spokeswoman said, “by working in a concentrated area and a concentrated time on the street — although the FBI has been working hand in hand and day in and day out with the police department.”

FBI agents will work with the Chicago Police Department to go after gangs on Thursdays and Fridays for the next three to four weeks, Sneed reported.

The agents plan to conduct surveillance on drug-dealing.

“They will be going after the worst of the worst, looking for people wanted on murder warrants. The fugitives may be wanted on the South Side, but who knows where in the city they’re hiding,” a top police source said.

FBI Worried About New Black Panther Party’s Presence in Ferguson, Missouri

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has warned that the New Black Panther Party may be advocating violence in Ferguson, Missouri where an unarmed black teenager was fatally shot by police, KTVI reports.

Among the members of the NBPP who were in town to respond to the shooting was Chawn Kweli, national chief of staff for the group.

On his Facebook page, Kweli posted, “This is the hour all the greats promised.  If you die, die like a warrior.  I’ll see you on the ground.”

The group is not affiliated with the original Black Panther Party.

Police shot tear gas and smoke bombs at demonstrators and the media early Thursday morning.

Investigators Find Gun Believed to Be Used in Murder of Border Patrol Agent in Front of Family

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Investigators in Texas believe they’ve found the handgun used in the murder of a U.S. Border Patrol agent while he was fishing with his family on vacation, Breitbart.com reports.

Scouring an area where the suspects were known to hang out, authorities found a handgun that they believe was used during the botched robbery on Aug. 3.

Border Patrol Agent Javier Vega was fishing with his family in the southern part of Willacy County when two men, one of whom had been deported four times, tried to rob the group.

Vega tried to stop the robbery by firing back, authorities said.

“If it is the weapon it can only help strengthen our case and better prove that they shot him,” Willacy County Sheriff Larry Spence said. “Right now we are glad that the weapon was recovered and it didn’t fall into the wrong hands were it could have been used to commit further atrocities.”

Christopher Shaefer, Who Led Atlanta’s ATF Office, Is Appointed Assistant Deputy Director of Agency

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Christopher Shaefer, who served as special agent in charge of the ATF’s Atlanta office, has been promoted to the position of deputy assistant director of the federal agency, the Manteca Bulletin reports.

Shaefer began his law enforcement career as an officer for the Manteca Police Department in California in 1982 before joining the ATF as a special agent a decade later. He was first assigned to the Sacramento Field Office before being promoted to supervisory special agent in the San Francisco Field Office.

Then Shaefer was transferred to the Office of Professional Responsibility and Security Operations Inspection Division at ATF headquarters in Washington, the Bulletin wrote.

Shaefer held two more positions since then, one in the Los Angeles Field Division and one as special agent of the Atlanta Field Division for ATF.

Shaefer is married with three adult sons.

Lawsuit Claims DEA Informant Improperly Monitored Albuquerque Man Who Snapped

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A man accused of fatally shooting an Albuquerque man last year was an active DEA informant despite his criminal background, according to a lawsuit filed against the agency, the Associated Press reports.

The lawsuit claims the DEA did not properly supervise Jason Estrada, who was killed when he confronted a man accused of sexually assaulting a child.

The man, 31-year-old Edward Quintana, is charged with killing Estrada and criminal sexual penetration of a child under 13.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office declined to comment.

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