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A New FBI Show Is Coming to Prime-Time TV This Season on CBS

By Alan Stamm
ticklethewire.com

Josh Dunhamel is no Efrem Zimbalist Jr., and his new TV show is unlike “The F.B.I.” But another show starring an FBI agent is coming to TV.  

The 2014 version is “Battle Creek,” a drama-comedy set in that Michigan city and picked up by CBS for at least 13 episodes. No date is announced for its “coming soon” mid-season debut.

Dunhamel plays Special Agent Milt Chamberlain, sent to open a field office in the economically depressed Midwestern city of 52,000.

“It’s a throwback old-school cop show,” Dunhamel tells Lauren Moraski of CBS News. “I play an FBI agent who’s setting up a satellite office in Battle Creek.

“We work together with some of the local detectives in this underfunded run-down department. So my character has all the resources in the world and this poor police department has almost nothing. So it’s a contrast between local law enforcement and the FBI. It’s funny, but it’s also a serious procedural at the same time.”

His main co-star is Dean Winters as local Det. Russ Agnew. They spar as a mismatched pair, much as Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy do in “The Heat,” a 2013 comedy film. And as Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy do in “48Hrs.” (1982) and its 1990 sequel. Similarly, Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell played “Tango & Cash” on the big screen in 1969. Hey, no one pitches this as a breakthrough concept.

Here’s how CBS promotes the new series, shot in Los Angeles:

“As Russ and Milt work long hours together, the question is: Will it be Milt’s charm and endless supply of high-end resources or Russ’ old-fashioned cynicism, guilt and deception that prove to be the keys to catching the bad guys in his beloved hometown?

The executive producer is Vince Gilligan, who produced “Breaking Bad,” which goes a long way toward explaining why USAToday this summer called it “one of next season’s most-anticipated new series.”

Gilligan says he’s “never actually been to Battle Creek,” but likes the name and will portray it as “a city of underdogs.”

 

Here’s a partial list of earlier FBI shows:

  • “The F.B.I.,” 1965-74:  Insp. Lewis Erskine (Zimbalist) and several agents handled cases based on real FBI files. Erskine reported to Arthur Ward (Phillip Abbott), assistant to the director. The technical adviser was W. Mark Felt, an associate director of the bureau later unmasked as Watergate informant “Deep Throat.” It ran for 241 episodes.
  • “Mancuso, F.B.I.” 1989-90:  Robert Loggia starred on NBC as Nick Mancuso, a bureau veteran assigned to headquarters, where superiors saw him as a maverick with little regard for agency rules and procedures. Low ratings limited it to one season and prime-time summer reruns in 1993.
  • “The FBI Files,” 1998-2006: This 120-episode documentary series ran on the Discovery Channel cable network, using reenactments and interviews with agents and forensic scientists to dramatize real cases.

Police Search for Men Who Posed As FBI Agents, Pistol-Whipped Man During Fake Raid

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Police are looking for two armed men who posed as FBI agents while knocking on a suburban Boston apartment Saturday night.

The Boston Globe reports that assailants said they had a search warrant and pistol-whipped an occupant who opened the door in Waltham, Mass.

The assailants fled the apartment after striking the occupant several times over the head.

The occupant, who was taken to the hospital for head injuries, had told the assailants that he had called 911.

FBI Investigates Claims of Abuse, Neglect at Residential Center for Deaf, Autistic Children

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating complaints of abuse and neglect at a residential treatment center for deaf and autistic children, NBC News reports.

The probe follows an NBC investigation that uncovered claims of abuse of 10 patients at NDA Behavioral Health System in Mt. Dora, Fla.

“He’s been broken,” said Hannah, who alleges in her lawsuit that her son was physically abused and inappropriately touched. “And our whole family has been broken.”

“If they do this to him –- and he can talk,” she said, “think of what they do to the ones who can’t talk.”

Negligence led to three deaths, according to lawsuits and a state report.

One employee said she was told not to call police.

FBI on Hunt for British Computer Hackers Who Threatened Schools, Other Places in U.S.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI is trying to track down a group of British computer hackers who allegedly called in terrorist threats across the U.S., Breitbart reports.

The hackers belong to a group called the “ISISGang.”

Three British youths threatened schools, universities and conference centers with threats of bombs and shootings, according to the FBI.

What’s unclear is whether the group is affiliated with ISIS or if the youths are just using the name as a scare-tactic.

One of the threats was directed at Sandy Hook Elementary School, where 20 children and six adults were killed in a mass shooting. The caller said his name was “Mohammed Jamile” and claimed he was en route to “kill your asses.”

Border Patrol Agent Killed in Car Crash While on Duty in Texas; funeral set for today

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A funeral is scheduled today for a Border Patrol agent who was killed in a two-car crash whir on duty near Carrizo Springs, Texas, on Friday, KSAT reports.

Tyler Robledo, a three-year veteran of Border Patrol, was just 34 when he was involved in a head-on collision while on patrol. The other driver also was killed.

“It’s a real small community and to see him, one of the good persons, it’s really hard,” said family friend Martha Esquivel.

“When dealing with things like this, it’s never easy. He’s one of ours whether you know the agent or not. Either way he’s part of our family,” said Jose Gamez, supervisory Border Patrol agent and Del Rio sector commander.

Robledo is survived by his wife and two young children.

CBP, Border Patrol Fail to Deliver on Promise to Be Transparent About Shootings

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Customs and Border Protection pledged to become more transparent and accountable when it comes to agents using deadly force, but the USA Today reports that the agency is struggling to meet that promise.

At least 46 people – 16 of whom were Americans – have been killed by Border Patrol agents and CBP officers were on duty.

Then CBP’s acting internal affairs chief, Mark Alan Morgan, told reporters that he doubts any of the agents or officers were were disciplined in the deaths.

The USA Today rattles of a list of suspicious cases, including an unarmed teen shot in the back and agents shooting through a border fence in Mexico.

Despite the existence of a study on the issues, CBP kept it a secret for 15 months before it was leaked to the media.

“It just boggles my mind that DHS would hide this information,” said Wong, the retired CBP assistant deputy commissioner for internal affairs. “We’re not talking about terrorist activities or national security; we’re talking about things the American public should be aware of, should have access to. For them to say we can’t tell you how many people have been investigated for excessive use of force, well, I don’t understand the rationale.”

Other Stories of Interest

 

Weekend Series on Law Enforcement History: Mobster Meyer Lansky

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NFL Takes Risks by Hiring Former FBI Director Mueller to Investigate Ray Rice Controversy

Director Mueller testifying on the Hill/fbi file photo

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Hiring former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III to investigate the NFL’s handling of running back Ray Rice has its dangers, the New York Times reports.

The NFL, which said Mueller would be given “the full cooperation of N.F.L. personnel and access to all N.F.L. records,” chose one of the best investigators to look into the matter.

“His reputation is really on the line,” said John M. Dowd, who was hired by Major League Baseball to investigate several matters. “If it comes out too light, it won’t look good. At the end of the day, what’s most important to him is his reputation, which means more to him than money. I can’t believe he’ll want to pull his punches.”

To avoid a conflict, Mueller will report to John Mara, the owner of the New York Giants, and Art Rooney II of the Pittsburgh Steelers, who are lawyers.

“Our role is not to conduct or direct the investigation but to support Mr. Mueller and assist him in gaining whatever access or resources he needs,” Mara and Rooney said in a statement. “Our sole motive here is to get the truth and then share Mr. Mueller’s findings with the public.”

Mueller’s investigation has the power to damage the league because the probe is examining the behavior of those at NFL headquarters.

“He will have a lot of power to remind people about these promises,” Bromwich said. “These investigations can be a little tricky, but in many ways they are even more difficult if they take place behind a curtain rather than in the public eye.”