Links

Columnists



Site Search


Entire (RSS)
Comments (RSS)

Archive Calendar

June 2021
S M T W T F S
 12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
27282930  

Guides

How to Become a Bounty Hunter



Accused Stock Fraudsters Make FBI History by Making First Recorded Post-Arrest Statements

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Matthew Bell and Craig Josephburg have made FBI history.

The accused fraudsters were the first suspects to have their confessions electronically recorded under a new Justice Department policy, the New York Daily News reports.

The pair is accused of a massive pump-and-dump stock scheme.

The new policy is intended to get a more accurate look at confessions. Previously, confessions were written down and open to scrutiny.

Justice Department Increases Involvement in Investigation of Shooting in Ferguson

Michael Brown

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A day after zealous police clashed with protesters and fired tear gas at demonstrators and the media, the Justice Department announced it’s increasing its involvement in the review of an officer who shot an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Mo., Time reports.

The efforts include sending advisers to meet with local law enforcement, government leaders and local faith leaders.

The Justice Department also is sending its head of the criminal section of the department’s civil rights division.

Holder suggested in a letter that local police may be escalating tensions.

“The law enforcement response to these demonstrations must seek to reduce tensions, not heighten them,” Holder said.

Michael Brown was killed Saturday by a police officer who witnesses say shot the young man while he was not posing a threat.

Ex-Internal Affairs Official: Border Patrol Altered Details of Reports on ‘Highly Suspect’ Deaths

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol agents have tried to alter details of at least seven “highly suspect” deaths since 2010, a former internal affairs official for CBP told the Center for Investigative Reporting.

“In nearly every instance, there was an effort by Border Patrol leadership to make a case to justify the shooting versus doing a genuine, appropriate review of the information and facts at hand,” James Tomsheck told reporter Andrew Becker in a story published online Thursday.

The interview raise serious questions about the culture of secrecy and impunity at CBP.

Since 2005, on-duty Border Patrol agents and CBP officers have killed at least 45 people, and 15 of them were Americans, the Arizona Republic reports.

None of those case led to discipline for a federal official.

Disgruntled Ex-Cop Gains Access to FBI Office Carrying Gun, Fake Badge, Inactive ID Card

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A disgruntled ex-cop with a loaded gun managed to bypass metal detectors and enter an FBI office using a fake police badge and inactive ID card, ABC News reports.

The ease with which the man entered the building has concerned federal authorities.

“He could’ve shot up half the office by that point,” one law enforcement expert told ABC.

Still, the Justice Department insists no one was in danger.

Lawmakers aren’t convinced.

“This latest report of a security breach at a federal building is concerning,” the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., told ABC News in a statement. “After our committee’s close review of the security practices and procedures at federal facilities in the wake of the tragic shooting at the Washington Navy Yard [last year], it became clear that the quality of the physical security at our federal buildings is in need of improvement, and this incident underscores that finding.”

OTHER STORIES OF INTEREST

FBI Sends 65 Agents into High-Crime Areas of Chicago to Crack Down on Gangs

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has dispatched 65 agents across high-crime areas of Chicago to help crackdown on gang crime, Sneed reports.

“This is a new tactic the FBI is using in fighting crime,” an FBI spokeswoman said, “by working in a concentrated area and a concentrated time on the street — although the FBI has been working hand in hand and day in and day out with the police department.”

FBI agents will work with the Chicago Police Department to go after gangs on Thursdays and Fridays for the next three to four weeks, Sneed reported.

The agents plan to conduct surveillance on drug-dealing.

“They will be going after the worst of the worst, looking for people wanted on murder warrants. The fugitives may be wanted on the South Side, but who knows where in the city they’re hiding,” a top police source said.

FBI Worried About New Black Panther Party’s Presence in Ferguson, Missouri

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has warned that the New Black Panther Party may be advocating violence in Ferguson, Missouri where an unarmed black teenager was fatally shot by police, KTVI reports.

Among the members of the NBPP who were in town to respond to the shooting was Chawn Kweli, national chief of staff for the group.

On his Facebook page, Kweli posted, “This is the hour all the greats promised.  If you die, die like a warrior.  I’ll see you on the ground.”

The group is not affiliated with the original Black Panther Party.

Police shot tear gas and smoke bombs at demonstrators and the media early Thursday morning.

Investigators Find Gun Believed to Be Used in Murder of Border Patrol Agent in Front of Family

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Investigators in Texas believe they’ve found the handgun used in the murder of a U.S. Border Patrol agent while he was fishing with his family on vacation, Breitbart.com reports.

Scouring an area where the suspects were known to hang out, authorities found a handgun that they believe was used during the botched robbery on Aug. 3.

Border Patrol Agent Javier Vega was fishing with his family in the southern part of Willacy County when two men, one of whom had been deported four times, tried to rob the group.

Vega tried to stop the robbery by firing back, authorities said.

“If it is the weapon it can only help strengthen our case and better prove that they shot him,” Willacy County Sheriff Larry Spence said. “Right now we are glad that the weapon was recovered and it didn’t fall into the wrong hands were it could have been used to commit further atrocities.”

Christopher Shaefer, Who Led Atlanta’s ATF Office, Is Appointed Assistant Deputy Director of Agency

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Christopher Shaefer, who served as special agent in charge of the ATF’s Atlanta office, has been promoted to the position of deputy assistant director of the federal agency, the Manteca Bulletin reports.

Shaefer began his law enforcement career as an officer for the Manteca Police Department in California in 1982 before joining the ATF as a special agent a decade later. He was first assigned to the Sacramento Field Office before being promoted to supervisory special agent in the San Francisco Field Office.

Then Shaefer was transferred to the Office of Professional Responsibility and Security Operations Inspection Division at ATF headquarters in Washington, the Bulletin wrote.

Shaefer held two more positions since then, one in the Los Angeles Field Division and one as special agent of the Atlanta Field Division for ATF.

Shaefer is married with three adult sons.