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New York Mayor: Justice Department Not Dragging Feet on Eric Garner Probe

Eric Garner with his children, via National Action Network

Eric Garner with his children, via National Action Network

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Despite concerns about the pace of the investigation into the death of Eric Garner, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio dismissed claims that the Justice Department is dragging its feet.

The mayor said he was notified by U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch that the case was a top priority, but it also is complicated and requires meticulously obtained evidence, CBS reports. 

“No one is dragging their feet and we have to make sure the resolution afterwards is fair and just,” de Blasio said.

Garner died two years ago after police tried to arrest him for selling loose, untaxed cigarettes. Garner told officers he couldn’t breathe after he appeared to be placed in a chokehold by a cop.

“The real issue in preventing these tragedies is working to make sure they don’t happen again in the future,” de Blasio said.

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FBI Helps Investigate Shooting Deaths of Police Officers in Baton Rouge

baton rouge mapBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is helping investigating the shooting deaths of three law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge on Sunday.

The FBI New Orleans Division said its agents are on the scene “to assist our law enforcement colleagues,” The Times-Picayune reports. 

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch pledged federal resources to investigate.

”There is no place in the United States for such appalling violence, and I condemn these acts in the strongest possible terms,” Lynch said in a news release. “Our hearts and prayers are with the fallen and wounded officers, their families, and the entire Baton Rouge community in this extraordinarily difficult time.”

The FBI office in New Orleans said the bureau’s “focus is to help identify and bring to justice those who are responsible for this heinous act.”

FBI Searches for Husband in Stabbing, Beating Death of Fort Bragg Wife

Jason Earl Armstrong Jr.

Jason Earl Armstrong Jr.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is searching for a man accused of killing his wife, a Fort Bragg soldier.

Jason Earl Armstrong Jr. is wanted on a federal warrant charging him with murder in the death of Iris Armstrong in the couple’s Fort Bragg home in North Carolina on July 1, Fox News reports. 

The FBI also is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the husband’s arrest.

Armstrong is accused of stabbing and beating his wife to death.

“Our thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to her family, friends and loved ones during this very difficult time,” said Lt. Col. Jeremy St. Laurent, commander of the 189th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion.

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FBI in Salt Lake City Actively Investigating Home-grown, Violent Terrorist

ISIS flag

ISIS flag

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI office in Salt Lake City said it’s investigating home-grown, violent terrorists.

“As recent events around the world, around the country have shown, this is no longer a coastal issue,” said Eric Barnhart, who heads the FBI’s Salt Lake field office that covers Utah, Idaho and Montana, the Desert News reports. 

“I think there used to be a narrative that if I don’t live on the West Coast or the East Coast, I’m going to be immune from this,” he said. “ISIL has changed that.”

Barnhart declined to give numbers or they types of terrorism-related cases that are under instigation.

Barnhart described ISIS as a “whole different monster” because of its “kill where you are” philosophy.

Feds Express Concern about Potential Violence at RNC in Cleveland

Jeh Johnson

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The nation’s top law enforcement officials are warning of potential violence at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland next week.

ABC News reports that officials were worried about radical activists.

“I am concerned about the prospect of demonstrations getting out of hand, and concerned about the possibility of violence,” Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson told the House Homeland Security Committee Thursday. “We have to be concerned about things getting out of hand, definitely.”

FBI Director James Comey agreed.

“It’s a threat we’re watching very, very carefully,” adding that the concern is over “a spectrum of radical groups.”

Earlier this week, local law enforcement and the Secret Service said they are prepared for thousands of protesters.

Feds: Former Fox News Analyst Lied about Being Secret CIA Agent

Wayne Simmons on Fox News.

Wayne Simmons on Fox News.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former Fox News analyst Wayne Simons was a lot of things, but a CIA agent likely wasn’t one of them.

The Washington Post reports that the former professional football player and drug trafficker lied about a career as a spy, according to the CIA.

Simons, who said he spent 27 years as an agency operative, is expected to be sentenced this morning for perpetuating fraud and illegal firearm possession. Prosecutors are asking for a three-year prison sentence.

Authorities investigated Simmons’ life and career and found no evidence he worked as a spy.

Former DEA Task Force Officer Found Guilty of Conspiring to Steal 15 Kilograms of Cocaine

Cocaine-jpgBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A jury found guilty a former DEA task force officer who conspired to steal nearly 15 kilograms of cocaine before staging a seizure to conceal the theft, MySA.com reports.

Hector “Jojo” Mendez, 46, was convicted after a jury deliberated for just three hours Thursday.

According to prosecutors, Mendez and a government informant agreed to cut the cocaine and then repackage it for a staged seizure.

During the trial, witnesses and federal prosecutor said he concealed information about the DEA seizure and lied to judges in sworn court filings.

He faces between 10 years and life in prison when he is sentenced in late September.

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