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Philadelphia Sheriff’s Office Targeted in FBI Raid Targeting Past Administration

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI agents seized unspecified files and other records from the Philadelphia Sheriff”s Office on Thursday as part of an ongoing investigation into the former administration, the USA Today reports.

That administration was led by John Green, who resigned in January 2011 following allegations of corruption and mismanagement.

A spokesman for Sheriff Jewell Williams said employees are cooperating but wouldn’t divulge more details about the investigation.

Green was sued as part of a civil lawsuit in which he and others are accused of violating contracting rules.

Overcoming Gender Equality at Border Patrol Long Way to Go

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Jodi Butts, a law enforcement officer since 1998, said the challenges facing women in the field are numerous.

Now a military police officer in the U.S. Army, Butts said women must work harder to be accepted.

As law enforcement officers we face a multitude of challenges every day. Whether it’s dealing with the problems of the public or justifying our actions to the brass, there’s always something we must overcome. 

For the female LEO, these challenges can seem doubled. Let’s face it, some of our male counterparts look upon us as weak and not always up to the task. If a suspect is able to get the upper hand on a female officer, some may say it’s because she couldn’t handle the physical aspects of the job. If a woman sheds a tear in a particularly troubling or stressful moment or shows any act of overt kindness, these can be seen as weakness. 

Despite the numerous gains women in policing have made, we still have to work twice as hard to earn the same respect because of the limitations placed upon us by some in the workplace and the general public. 

NAACP: Launch Federal Investigation of Racist Rodeo Clown

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The NAACP isn’t clowning around.

The group is outraged after a rodeo clown at the Missouri State Fair donned a mask of President Obama while an announcer riled up the crowed by suggesting that the bull should run down the clown, Opposing Views reports.

“The activities at the Missouri State Fair targeting and inciting violence against our president are serious and warrant a full review by both the Secret Service and the Justice Department,” NAACP State President Mary Ratliff said in a statement. “Incidents involving individuals acting out with extreme violent behavior in movie theaters, schools, churches, political appearances and outdoor events in general speaks volume to the irresponsible behavior of all the parties involved with the incendiary events at the Missouri State Fair.”

Turns out, the clown had been banned for life from rodeos.

The controversy has prompted the resignation of the head of Missouri’s rodeo-clown organization.

Former Deputy Police Chief Admits He Lied to FBI About Office Sex Affair

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former deputy police chief in Markham, Ill. was caught with his pants down and now he plans to come clean.

Tony DeBois is expected to plead guilty to lying to the FBI about a sexual relationship he had at the police station, The Chicago Sun-Times reports.

But it’s unclear how that will affect allegations by a female prisoner who claims she was sexually abused by him.

The burly 42-year-old cop said he was “embarrassed and ashamed” that he lied to the FBI to hide the affair from his wife and denied assaulting anyone.

Newly Crowned Miss Teen USA, Other Women Targeted in Latest String of “Sextortion” Cases

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating a so-called “sextortion case” that targeted newly crowned Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf and other women, The Los Angeles Times reports.

The culprit hacked into the computers of Wolf and others, turning on the webcam and also searching for nude photos and videos, The Times wrote.

Once the images were collected, the hacker demanded money to keep the images from going public.

“Sextortion” cases appear to be on the rise as hackers tap into email accounts, social media or even the computer’s own hardware to find compromising information.

The FBI confirmed the “sextortion” investigation but would not divulge details, including whether they had found a suspect.

Disgust, Fear Rattled Jurors Tasked with Deciding Fate of mobster ‘Whitey’ Bulger

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

For the four women and eight men tasked with deciding whether notorious mobster James “Whitey” Bulger was guilty of murder and racketeering, life was not easy.

Sometimes the jurors shouted at each other; other times they felt disgusted with the sleazy witnesses.

The trial was so stressful that some even popped aspirin to soothe headaches, the Boston Globe reports after interviewing some jury members.

Juror Janet Uhlar, 56, of Eastham, said she was disgusted to hear that some witnesses were never jailed despite committing murders.

“It really broke my heart to see that happening, to see what our founding fathers laid down their lives for, the judicial system, corrupted like that,” Uhlar told the Globe.

The jury convicted Bulger on 31 of 32 counts Monday. He has not yet been sentenced.

Columnist: End of War on Drugs Couldn’t Be Sooner

Leonard Pitts Jr. 
Miami Herald

It’s been a war on justice, an assault on equal protection under the law.

And a war on families, removing millions of fathers from millions of homes.

And a war on money, spilling it like water.

And a war on people of color, targeting them with drone strike efficiency.

We never call it any of those things, though all of them fit. No, we call it the War on Drugs. It is a 42-year, trillion-dollar disaster that has done nothing — underscore that: absolutely nothing — to stem the inexhaustible supply of, and insatiable demand for, illegal narcotics. In the process, it has rendered this “land of the free” the biggest jailer on Earth.

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Authorities Search for Missing ICE Agent in Los Angeles Area

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Feds and local police launched a search Wednesday night for a missing ICE agent who didn’t turn up for work in southern California, The Los Angeles Times reports.

But authorities expressed some optimism late Wednesday that no foul play was involved. ICE released a statement shortly before 11 p.m., saying they believed the unidentified officer “was picked up by a fellow … employee after experiencing vehicle problems overnight on a local freeway.”

However, police “will continue to treat the this as a ‘missing persons’ case until the officer is actually contacted.”

The updates were posted on a LA Times report about the suspected disappearance.

Earlier in the day, ICE wrote in a press release, “A search is underway … for an officer with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s and Removal Operations division who may be missing.”