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DOJ Rolls Out Use of Body-Worn Cams for FBI, DEA, ATF, U.S. Marshals

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By Steve Neavling

The Justice Department is beginning to rollout the use of body-worn cameras for federal law enforcement officials.

ATF agents in Phoenix and FBI agents in Detroit began wearing the cameras Wednesday during pre-planned operations. 

The FBI, DEA, ATF and U.S. Marshals will continue to roll out the first phase of body-worn cams over the next several weeks. 

In June, the Justice Department announced that federal agents will be required to wear body cameras while serving arrest warrants and executing raids. At the time, Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco said in a memo that the agencies had 30 days to submit plans governing the use of body cams. 

“Keeping our communities safe is a top priority for the Justice Department,” Attorney General Merrick B. Garland said in a statement Wednesday. “Law enforcement is at its most effective when there is accountability and trust between law enforcement and the community. That is why we have expanded our body worn camera program to our federal agents, to promote transparency and confidence, not only with the communities we serve and protect, but also among our state, local and Tribal law enforcement partners who work alongside our federal agents each day.”

In a news release, the heads of the FBI, ATF, DEA and U.S. Marshals said they were looking forward to outfitting their law enforcement officers and agents with body cams. 

“ATF welcomes the use of body worn cameras by our agents,” Acting ATF Director Marvin G. Richardson said. “The department’s policy reflects ATF’s commitment to transparency as we work to reduce firearm violence in our communities.”

DEA Administrator Anne Milgram said, “The Drug Enforcement Administration is committed to the safety and security of the people we serve, our agents, and task force officers. We welcome the addition of body worn cameras and appreciate the enhanced transparency and assurance they provide to the public and to law enforcement officers working hard to keep our communities safe and healthy.”

FBI Director Christopher Wray said, “The FBI remains committed to meeting the need for transparency. Phasing in the use of BWCs is another, important way for us to meet that need.”

Director Donald Washington of the U.S. Marshals Service said, “We continue striving to fortify the public’s trust in our responsibility to uphold the rule of law while keeping communities safe as we have for more than two centuries. Body worn cameras increase the transparency of law enforcement activities, and we will work to obtain the necessary resources to fully execute our body-worn camera program.”

By the end of the year, about a third of Border Patrol agents will wear body cameras, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced in August.

In October 2020, the Justice Department announced that state and local law enforcement may begin wearing body cameras during some join operations with federal law enforcement. 

TSA Calls ‘Personal Fowl’ After Block of Raw Chicken Spotted on Baggage Carousel

Screenshot of TSA’s video of a frozen chicken on a baggage carousel.

By Steve Neavling

A bundle of Roman candles, a dead baby shark, a book full of knives – the TSA finds the strangest things at airport security checkpoints. 

But recently, what turned up at a baggage carousel had the TSA calling a “personal fowl.”

The TSA posted a video on its Instagram account of a frozen chicken hitching a ride on the carousel at the Seattle Tacoma International Airpot. 

“We hear at one time these wings and thighs were cooped up in a cooler. Somewhere between baggage and the carousel they became free range,” the post said.

The TSA reminded travelers to check their baggage to make sure everything, especially raw meat, is properly packaged. 

“Don’t wing your travel packing. In order to keep from ruffling any feathers meat should be properly packaged. Ice or dry ice is permitted to keep the flock chilled,” the TSA said.

For unknown reasons, the post has been removed from Instagram

Federal Air Marshal Dies After Contracting COVID-19

A federal air marshal from the Las Vegas Field Office died after contracting COVID-19, the Transportation Security Administration announced.

Shawn Hennessee, who joined the Federal Air Marshal Service in October 2002 and worked in the Las Vegas Field Office for his entire career, died Thursday. 

“He was dedicated to our mission and worked hard to secure the nation’s transportation systems while on domestic and international mission deployments,” the TSA said in a news release. 

Hennessee also served 13 years in the Air Force. 

“TSA continues to urge that all employees get vaccinated and continue following CDC guidance, including mask requirements,” the TSA said. “We offer our heartfelt condolences to Hennessee’s family, friends and colleagues.”

The TSA didn’t say if Hennessee was vaccinated.

Since the pandemic began in March 2020, 9,743 TSA employees tested positive for COVID-19, and 22 have died, according to the agency’s data.

There are currently 637 TSA employees with active infections.