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Archive for July 3rd, 2015

Weekend Series on Crime History: The Real Sopranos

FBI Raids Allentown City Hall in Pennsylvania; Many Questions Loom

Allentown, PA

Allentown, PA

A federal grand jury investigation has prompted FBI agents to raid Allentown City Hall in Pennsylvania last week, The Morning Call reports. 

Agents spent hours collecting records dating from 2005 to present, said Susan Ellis Wild, Allentown’s solicitor.

“There are a number of things in the search warrant,” Wild said. “It was not terribly specific.”

What remains unclear is target of the investigation.

Some city officials have said they were interviewed by the FBI about city contracts, but they didn’t offer more details.

Journalists Beat FBI at Providing Accurate Info of Cop-Involved Shootings

Washington post murdersBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

When it comes to compiling accurate, complete information about people killed by law enforcement, journalists are running circles around the FBI.

One of the leaders is The Washington Post, which began building a database of every person shot and killed by police or federal agents so far this year, the Marshall Project reports.

On June 26, escaped murderer Richard Matt became the 459th person this year to be fatally shot by law enforcement.

The catalog comes from local news reports, independent databases and readers. Included is a host of information such as age, race, gender and residence.

The Guardian started a similar project this year.

For years, the FBI’s tally of crimes has been criticized as inaccurate and l0w because it depends on self-reporting by police agencies.

Border Patrol Recounts Dramatic Moments Before Shooting Escapee Richard Matt

Clinton Correctional Facility

Clinton Correctional Facility

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

During the manhunt for two escaped murderers, Border Patrol agents swooped into the woods of northern New York after hearing reports of gunshots.

The agents spotted one of the escapees behind a tree. When he pointed a shotgun at them, the agents fatally shot the killer.

It was the first detailed report of Richard Matt’s death, the Burlington Free Press reports.

“Our agents were obviously expecting the worst on every one of those calls,” Chief John Pfeifer said. “Very challenging terrain, challenging weather, lot of stress. You’re dealing with some very bad individuals. Can’t thank law enforcement enough for bringing these individuals back in.”

Matt and another inmate escaped the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dennemora and were on the run for three weeks.

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