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Los Angeles Times: Border Patrol Needs to Move More Quickly with Body Cameras

Border Patrol

By Editorial Board
Los Angeles Times 

To assure the public of their commitment to transparency and accountability, many law enforcement agencies across the country have embraced body-worn cameras with admirable rapidity. However, the nation’s largest law enforcement agency, the U.S. Border Patrol, is moving so slowly to adopt this new technology that it appears not to be moving at all.

In August, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection working group completed a yearlong feasibility study of body cameras at the request of Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske. The group did an adequate job of outlining the pitfalls of having Border Patrol agents wear cameras (resistance by the officers, privacy concerns and cost, among other things) and the benefits (decreased use-of-force incidents, better record-keeping and improved safety of officers).

No surprises there. Police agencies made similar cost-benefit analyses as they prepared to roll out their programs. And while tricky, none of the policy challenges has proved insurmountable. Meanwhile, studies over the past year have found that when police wear body cameras and record video of interactions with suspects, it really does influence the behavior of officers and suspects alike, and dramatically reduces use-of-force incidents.

This made Kerlikowske’s announcement last week that even more review of body cameras was still necessary all the more suspect. Was this just a stalling tactic by a department not committed to transparency?

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FBI Director: Terrorism Attacks in Paris Have No Links to U.S.

FBI Director James Comey

FBI Director James Comey

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Paris attacks that killed 129 people and wounded hundreds of others had “no connection at all” to the U.S., FBI Director James Comey said Thursday.

Speaking at a briefing with Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Comey dismissed any notion that that U.S. is the target of any specific or credible attacks, the USA Today reports.

Still, he emphasized, the FBI stepped up surveillance of dozens of potential suspects who could launch an attack.

Lynch added that the U.S. won’t be intimidated by terrorists.

“We will not let our actions be overtaken by fear,” Lynch said, referring to ISIS operatives as “merchants of violence.”

“They want us to live in fear, and we refuse,” the attorney general said.

FBI: Suspect in Theft of Military Weapons Is an Accused Child Rapist

us-army-logoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI believed it has solved the theft of more than a dozen military weapons from a Massachusetts armory, Inside Edition reports. 

The suspect is a former Army reservist accused of child rape and who was wearing a monitoring bracelet at the time of the theft.

Jams Walker Morales was arrested Wednesday by the FBI and Nassau County Police.

He is accused of stealing 16 weapons, including rifles and pistols, from the Lincoln Stoddard Army Reserve Center in Worcester.

Authorities believe Morales used a power saw and pry bar to breach a metal and rood ceiling to reach a gun vault.

Secret Service Officer Accused of Soliciting Sex from Minor Suspected of Texting Others

Lee Robert Monroe

Lee Robert Monroe

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Secret Service officer accused of sending lewd photos to a Delaware State Police detective whom he believed was a minor is suspected of texting at least 10 minors, The Delaware News Journal reports.  

The new allegations are likely to make it more difficult for Lee Robert Monroe, 37, to get released from jail pending his trial.

Monroe is accused of soliciting sex online in the Delaware State Police case.

But authorities believe that may only be the beginning after allegations surfaced that he texted other minors.

Ex-Border Patrol Agent Who Fatally Shot Wife’s Lover Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison

Adam Garibay

Adam Garibay

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former Border Patrol agent who fatally shot his wife’s lover was sentenced to 30 years in prison, ABC13 reports.

The sentence was the maximum allowed under a plea agreement with prosecutors in the killing of Keith J. Martin.

Adam S. Garibay, who pleaded guilty to the Nov. 9 murder, will have to serve at least 15 years before he is eligible for parole.

Prosecutors said Garibay drove to the Corpus Christi home of wife, who was restrained with handcuffs and duct tape. He then drove to a house near Hondo, where Martin was killed.

Pressure Mounts for Resignation of DEA Chief After Comments About Marijuana

medical marijuanaBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The pressure is mounting for President Obama to fire the head of the DEA after his remarks dismissing medical marijuana as a “joke.”

The Washington Post reports that the call for ousting the acting DEA leader, Chuck Rosenberg, has increased with a bipartisan group of seven lawmakers calling for his replacement.

The remarks “do not reflect the overwhelming body of testimonial evidence, reforms happening across the country at the state level and in Congress, or the opinion of the American people.”

Nearly 100,000 people signed an online petition to call for Rosenberg’s resignation.

Rosenberg took the top job at the DEA six months ago and has made several statements about marijuana that run counter to research on pot.

ATF Agent Shoots Man in Backyard During a Weapons Raid

atf badgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An ATF agent shot a man Thursday while executing a search warrant of his Oak Park, Calif., home, The Sacramento Bee reports. 

The suspect was in critical condition after the agent shot him in his backyard during a raid for weapons.

The agent shot the man after he allegedly fled to the back of his house with a gun.

The suspect, whose name has not yet been released, is accused of firing the weapon first.

The shooting is under investigation.

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