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June 2021


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FBI Spied on Civil Rights Commission Worker

Steve Neavling

 New records show the FBI was secretly monitoring a U.S. Civil Rights Commission worker decades ago to keep a better eye on black activists in Memphis, Tenn., the Associated Press reports.

The FBI collected photographs of Rosetta Miller-Perry, studied her political views and even investigated her love life, according to the Commercial Appeal.

Records also show that photographer Ernest Withers, whose images of the civil rights era were seminal, secretly worked for the FBI to photograph Miller-Perry and others.

“It’s scary even when I think about it now,” Miller-Perry, 77, told the Commercial Appeal.

FBI: Mexican Drug Cartel Profits Invested in U.S. Horse Racing

Steve Neavling 

A Mexican drug cartel is accused of using Bank of America Corp. to invest money generated from selling cocaine into U.S. horse racing, Bloomberg reports.

Jose Trevino-Morales, the brother of the cartel’s alleged leader, was indicted by a grand jury June 11.

“The ultimate goal of this money laundering operation was to provide Jose Trevino with apparent legitimate assets purchased and maintained by illegally obtained money,” Preece , a special agent with the FBI, said in a statement.

Court filings show that Los Zetas drug cartel  is one of the largest in Mexico and funnels thousands of kilograms of cocaine into the U.S. each year, according to Bloomberg.


California Senate Passes Bill to Protect Illegal Immigrants

Steve Neavling

In a dramatic departure from tough laws in Arizona and Alabama, the California Senate Thursday approved a bill that would bar local law enforcement from cooperating with immigration officials on most cases, the LA Times reports.

The Trust Act bans local police from detaining suspects for possible deportation unless they have serious criminal convictions.

The legislation is headed to the Assembly, which appears poised to pass the measure, according to the Times.

The bill would protect the state’s estimated 2.6 million illegal immigrants.

The idea is to stop the deportation of illegal immigrations for relatively minor offenses.


FBI Launching Pilot to Keep Database on Eye Scans

Steve Neavling

The FBI is upgrading its tools to track criminals.

A $1 billion upgrade includes expanding its fingerprint database to include iris scans, facial images and palm prints, Slate reports.

By 2014, the FBI hopes to roll out a pilot nationwide database of iris images from other law enforcement agencies.

Slate reports that security and privacy questions have arisen, partially because of the potential for hackers to gain access to the information.

FBI Agent Charged With Stealing Money That Was to Go to Informants

By Steve Neavling
An Oklahoma City FBI agent is accused of pocketing public funds that were supposed to pay confidential informants, the Associated Press reports.

Timothy Klotz was charged with embezzlement of public money in excess of $1,000.

Federal prosecutors say he forged signatures of FBI agents and U.S. Air Force investigators to get the money.

Klotz, who was suspended without pay and has filed for bankruptcy, has agreed to plead guilty and apologize.

Ex-FBI Employee: I saw Angels at Site of 9/11 Plane Crash in PA

Steve Neavling

A former FBI employee says she saw angels guarding the Pennsylvania site where a hijacked airliner crashed during the Sept. 11 terror attacks, the Associated Press reports.

Lillie Leonardi, a community affairs coordinator, was a liaison between law enforcement and the victims of the United Airlines Flight 93 crash when she arrived on the scene three hours after the crash.

In a new book, “In the Shadow of a Badge: A Spiritual Memoir,” Leonardi describes seeing angels at the site.

“The purpose of the book is to tell the story of the angels being there so that other people understand that God was there,” Leonardi said, according to the Post.

She retired after being diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder linked to her role in the aftermath of the crash.

Three Questioned in Shooting of ICE Agent

Steve Neavling

Police have detained three people for questioning in the shooting of a federal immigration agent in South Texas, the Associated Press reports.

It’s unclear if the trio was involved in the non-fatal shooting of Kelton Harrison, an agent for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations.

Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino said the investigation was uncovering strong leads.

Harrison was listed in stable condition at McAllen Medical Center, according to the AP.


FBI Seminar Simulates Dangerous Crimes

By Mark Naymik
The Plain Dealer

I recently shot and killed a woman.

Leaning into her car’s open passenger-side window, I fired my weapon just as she pulled out a pistol, partially hidden under her thigh, and pointed it at me.

I was lucky.

I should have noticed the pistol sooner. Had I been a split-second slower in pulling the trigger, the outcome would have been different.

I was lucky because the incident was a simulation at the FBI Citizens’ Academy.

The academy is a series of six classroom seminars the Cleveland FBI office offers to a couple dozen community leaders each year to give them a behind-the-scene glimpse of the bureau’s work investigating public corruption, cyber theft, domestic terrorism and child prostitution, among many other crimes.

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