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Archive for February 8th, 2022

Tribal Members Call for Release of Man Convicted of Murdering 2 FBI Agents in 1975

By Steve Neavling

Protesters are calling for the release of Leonard Peltier, a Lakota tribe member who was convicted of murdering two FBI agents in 1975.

If he’s not released soon, they say, Peltier may die in prison because of his age – he’s 72 – and preexisting conditions, Inforum reports. They also worry that a COVID-19 infection could kill him.

“I doubt that he has many years left, but with the years he has left, let him enjoy them on the outside,” Spirit Lake Tribe Chairman Doug Yankton said. 

Tribal members also sent a petition to President Biden, asking for compassionate release or clemency. 

In January 2017, then-President Obama turned down a similar request for clemency

An all-white jury convicted Peltier of murdering the two agents on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. He was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences.

He’s been in prison since 1977.

Peltier is lodged at Coleman I United States Penitentiary in Florida. 

Chicago Man Faces Assault Charges for Allegedly Spitting in Face of FBI Agent

By Steve Neavling

A 55-year-old Chicago man is facing federal assault charges after authorities say he spit in the face of an FBI special agent. 

The incident occurred while the agent was in his car on the morning of Jan. 12, waiting in line to enter the parking lot at the FBI’s Chicago Field Office, The Chicago Tribune reports

Behind him was Jerome Bychowski, who began honking the horn of his van, according to a criminal complaint filed Friday. When the agent asked Bychowski to stop honking, the man pulled his van next to the agent’s vehicle and said he was honking at the SUV in front of the agent. 

Bychowski grew angry when the agent refused to talk to the driver of the SUV.

“Go inside and do your (expletive) job,” Bychowski is accused of saying. 

After the agent asked Bychowski to calm down and get back in his van, Bychowski drove next to the SUV, walked toward the agent and then said, “If you’re such a tough guy, get out of the car and show me.”

The agent remained in his car and again told Bychowski to stop being aggressive. At that point, Bychowski allegedly called the agent an “(expletive) who’s hiding behind your job and your car and afraid of getting your ass kicked.”

The Bychowski spat at the agent through the agent’s open driver’s window, striking him in the cheek and forehead, according to the complaint. 

After the agent advised Bychowski that he had committed a crime, he got back in his van and began reversing, the complaint states. This time the agent got out of his car and again told Bychowski against that he had committee a crime. 

Bychowski responded, “Good luck proving it – there’s video.”

Turns out, the driver of the SUV was also an FBI agent and heard Bychowski admit that he had spit on the agent, according to the complaint. Using his cell phone, the agent took pictures of Bychowski and his license plate.