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Archive for October 19th, 2021

Fake DEA and FBI Badges Seized

By Allan Lengel

Fake DEA and FBI badges were seized last month.

Real DEA badge

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized eight fake DEA badge and one FBI badge at the Chicago International Mail Branch.

Days later, CBP officers found 26 fake DEA badges destined for places including Washington, Iowa, Kentucky, Florida, California, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Virginia, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois and Texas, Fox 29 of Texas reports.

The badges came from China.

“Unfortunately, there is the propensity for drug traffickers to portray themselves as police in an attempt to rob, other drug narcotics distributors,” Richard Sanchez, DEA special agent in charge of the Rio Grande Area, tells the station.

“Unfortunately in our day and age, replication of DEA badges as well as law enforcement badges, in general, are readily available for purchase.”

Assaults Against Law Enforcement Up in 2020, FBI Stats Show

By Allan Lengel

Assaults against law enforcement are up in 2020, the FBI reports.

Chicago Police Department squad car.

More than 60,000 law enforcement officers were assaulted in the line of duty last year, up 7.2 percent from 2019, CNN reports, citing an FBI report released Monday. Of those assaulted, about 30 percent suffered injuries.

The FBI reported in May that 93 officers were killed in the line of duty last year, 46 of which were the result of felonious acts.

There were 245 Covid-19 deaths among police officers in 2020.