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Illinois Attorney General Asks DOJ to Investigate Civil Rights Abuses in Chicago PD

chicago_police_patchBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is urging the Justice Department to launch a civil rights investigation into the Chicago Police Department over a number of cases in which cops killed or injured unarmed citizens, the Washington Post reports. 

Protesters are still outraged by a police shooting that killed a 17-year-old last year.

In a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Madigan listed several cases in which Chicago police officers shot unarmed citizens over the past few years.

Included in the list is the October 2014 fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald, who was 17. The officer who pulled the trigger, Jason Van Dyke, was charged with murder last week, the same day a disturbing dash-cam video of the incident was released.

“The McDonald shooting is shocking, and it highlights serious questions about the historic, systemic use of unlawful and excessive force by Chicago police officers and the lack of accountability for such abuse by CPD,” Madigan wrote.

New Mexico Man Sues Border Patrol Over Medical Marijuana Rights

medical marijuanaBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A New Mexico man filed suit against Border Patrol, saying agents are violating the law by refusing to allow him to posses medical marijuana, Las Cruces Sun-News reports.

Raymundo Marrufo filed the federal lawsuit in hopes of getting an injunction against Border Patrol for asking travelers about drugs at border checkpoints.

To obtain his medical cannabis, Marrufo must pass through a Border Patrol checkpoint, where he is asked whether he has any illegal drugs.

“If Marrufo answers ‘yes,’ he is a drug smuggler subject to felony indictment,” the court complaint states.

If Marrufo says no, he could be charged with lying to a federal agent.

“He doesn’t know if his life, for all intents and purposes, is going to end that day,” his attorney, Jason Flores-Williams, said in an interview Tuesday.

In the suit, Marrufo argues that a federal provision makes it illegal for the DOJ to interfere with state statues that allow the “use, distribution, possession or cultivation of medical marijuana.”

“Whether it is a sense of entitlement, indifference or simply ignorance of the law, the court must immediately issue an injunction enjoining the United States Border Patrol from asking questions and conducting searches that violate that Rohrabacher Amendment,” the complaint states.

Terry Wade Named Top FBI Agent in Albuquerque

Terry Wade

Terry Wade

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Terry Wade, a special agent in charge of the Criminal Division of the Los Angeles FBI, has been named the top FBI agent in the Albuquerque Division.

Wade joined the FBI in 1996 and was first assigned to Helena, Mont. He transferred to the Oklahoma City division, where he worked violent crimes, drug and white-collar violations.

In 2001, he was promoted to a supervisory position in the Criminal Investigative Division at FBI headquarters in  D.C. In 2003, he was promoted to supervisory special agent of the Flagstaff Resident Agency of the Phoenix Division, according to an FBI press release.

In 2007, Wade was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Albuquerque Division, where he was responsible for the counterterrorism, counterintelligence, cyber, and intelligence programs, as well as the crisis management program and SWAT team.

Between December 2008 and April 2009,  Wade served as the deputy on-scene commander in Baghdad, Iraq.

Before joining the FBI, he began his law enforcement career  as an agent with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation,

 

Judge Wanted to block TSA Lease for New Headquarters over ‘Ill-Gotten Gain’

tsaBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A federal court judge tried to block the General Services Administration from giving TSA a new headquarters at Victory Center in Alexandria, BizJournal reports. 

Judge Charles Lettow released an order that said GSA leased more space for a TSA headquarters than was authorized by Congress, calling the deal an “ill-gotten gain.”

The redacted order comes after Lettow struck down the GSA’s lease on Nov. 11 following protests by other bidders competing on the contract.

GSA Administrator Denise Turner Roth said her agency is still examining the judge’s decision.

“Obviously, it’s litigation, so I don’t want to step into that, but we’ll take a look at what the ruling was and have an understanding of what that means for us and make decisions about how we move forward,” she said in a recent roundtable with reporters.

Source: FBI Found No Evidence of Video Tampering in Police Shooting of Laquan McDonald

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com


A Burger King surveillance video that is missing footage on the night a Chicago police officer gunned down Laquan McDonald was not tampered with, according to a forensic analysis by the FBI.

Citing an anonymous source close to the investigation, the Chicago Sun-Times reports that the forensic analysis “found no evidence of tampering” with video from the fateful night last year.

The tape has an 86-minute gap, and police spent two hours at the restaurant trig to recover the video.

“The district manager told us it was deleted,” said Jeffrey Neslund, an attorney for the McDonald family. “It is curious that there were 86 minutes missing. We don’t know for a matter of certainty what happened to the Burger King video, but we know what the employees told us.”

But the source said there was no evince of tampering.

“They looked at it and found absolutely no evidence of any tampering or any removal of any portion of the tape,” the source said.

“That system that Burger King has is a mess and it would break down in the weeks and months before this incident. There were major gaps everywhere,” the source added.

Officer Jason Van Dyke, who is white, killed McDonald, who is black.

Trial Begins for 1 of 6 Baltimore Cops Accused in Death of Freddie Gray

Freddie Gray protest, via Wikipedia.

Freddie Gray protest, via Wikipedia.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The closely watched trial in Freddie Gray’s death began Monday with jury selection for the first police officer to trial, the Associated Press reports. 

The trial is expected to resume today in Baltimore Circuit Court in a case that fueled the Black Lives Matter movement.

Six officers have been charged in the death of 25-year-old Gray, a black man who died while in police custody.

William Porter, who is also black, is accused of refusing to get medical treatment for Gray during a 45-minute trip in a police van.

Gray died of a severe spinal injury sustained while in police custody.

The AP reported that Porter is the first being tried because he could be a potential witness.

FBI Director May Play Major Role in Fate of Hillary Clinton Investigation

James ComeyBy Bob Cusack and Ian Swanson
The Hill

FBI Director James Comey is the pivotal figure in the 2016 presidential race that no one is talking about.

Comey, a Republican appointed by President Obama who enjoys a stellar reputation on both sides of the aisle, is investigating Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server as secretary of State.

Clinton is the overwhelming favorite to win the Democratic presidential nomination next year and is expected to be a tough candidate for any Republican to face in 2016.

Yet the controversy surrounding her private email account remains an Achilles’ heel.

To read more click here.

 

How FBI Cracked Case of $3M Armored Truck Robbery in South Florida

armored-carBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

After three years of investigating the $3 million armed robbery of an armored truck company’s South Florida depot, prosecutors have landed convictions in the heist.

So how did the FBI crack the case?

Security Info Watch reports that a former weekend supervisor, Hjalmar Towns, at the old Garda Logistics armored truck building provided tips to the robbers to keep authorities off their heels.

Two suspects confessed this year to wing the armed robbers.

The case began to solidify 10 months after the heist, when Towns was arrested for trying to swipe more than $1.5 million from a Garda armored truck in West Palm Beach.

Towns initially was believed to be a victim.

“Part of what broke this case open was they [investigators] had all this surveillance video and they couldn’t understand what was going on because Mr. Towns didn’t appear to be being robbed. He got hit over the head and tied up at the end of the raid, but it didn’t look right,” said Towns’ lawyer James Eisenberg.

The story didn’t add up.

“We were all wondering ‘Why didn’t Mr. Towns get up and run away … if this was a genuine robbery?'” Fagan told U.S. District Judge Robin Rosenberg.

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