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Justice Dept. Launches Probe into Miami Police Fatal Shootings

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department on Thursday announced a civil rights investigation into the Miami Police Department involving deadly use of force in nine police shootings  — eight of which were fatal.

“In the past 16 months, we have seen nine police involved shootings that are of concern and are the premise of our investigation,”said Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez in a statement in Miami. “Since July 2010, MPD officers shot and killed eight young men and critically wounded a ninth man. By comparison, the country’s largest police force, the New York City Police Department had one fatal shooting for every 4,313 officers in 2010, while Miami had one fatal shooting for every 220 officers. Washington D.C., with a larger population and police force, had no fatal shootings by police in 2010, compared to five by the Miami Police Department.”

Perez said all but one of the shootings occurred within the proximate neighborhoods of Little Haiti, Overtown, and Liberty City, in northeast Miami. He said two of the shootings involved unarmed subjects, and that six out of the eight fatal shootings were by cops in specialized units like the gang unit, SWAT, tactical robbery unit, and the canine unit.

Feds Charge White House Shooter With Attempted Assassination of President


By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

It wasn’t a classic assassination attempt.

Nonetheless, CNN reported Thursday that fed prosecutors charged an Idaho man accused of shooting at the White House with attempting to assassinate President Obama. The president was not at the White House at the time.

He is suspected of being responsible for two bullets found at the White House. One hit a bulletproof glass window.

 

Iraq, Afghan War Veterans Might Join Dept. of Homeland Security

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

A Department of Homeland Security official on Wednesday announced a plan to hire veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan to operate satellite communications, blimps and other surveillance tech at stateside southern borders, reports NextGov.

Drawdowns in troop levels and overseas actions will leave the Pentagon with more equipment and personnel on hand at the same time that the Department of Homeland Security seeks to build a “virtual fence” along the southwest border of the nation. DHS officials were invited to share their plans for using the military systems with a House subcommittee on Wednesday, NextGov reported.

“We’ve got a huge number of personnel coming out of the military as we wind down in theater in Iraq,” Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, said. “There’s an opportunity there to hire already trained DoD personnel to run these systems.”

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Atty. Gen. Holder Harangued Over Caribbean Trip

file photo

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Attorney General Eric Holder can’t get a break. On break from congressional hounding over ATF’s Fast and Furious program, Holder is now being criticized over an ongoing visit to the Caribbean.

The Daily Beast reports that Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who has been sharply critical of  Holder over the Fast and Furious Operation, is ripping into him for traveling for five days to the islands just days after President Obama announced a new austerity program to save billions in federal spending and travel.

“One would think that agreements could be signed on a more abbreviated schedule that saves the attorney general time he continually indicates he doesn’t have, as well as taxpayer money,” said House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman Issa, according to The Daily Beast.

Holder has been traveling to sign law-enforcement agreements with local agencies, and to discuss a Medicare fraud sting in the area, according to the Daily Beast. Holder also held a summit with other AGs in the area and plans to attend an international conference on promoting democracy in the Western Hemisphere.

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Fed Grand Jury Probing Bill Richardson’s Campaign Funds


Ex-Gov. Richardson

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Ex-New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson is in for some nail biting.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that a fed grand jury in Albuquerque is looking into possible financial irregularities in Richardson’s failed presidential campaign.

The paper reported that a number of witnesses have been granted immunity.

The paper reported that the feds are looking into whether campaign funds were improperly used to settle a “threatened lawsuit” against Richardson in the fall of 2007 by a former state government worker.

 

Ooops! FBI Barges in Wrong Fla. Home

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

There was one of those Oooops moments in Delray Beach, Fla.

Station WPBF reported that FBI agents mistakenly barged into the wrong home in Delray in their search for a teen who allegedly concocted a phony kidnapping plot to extort money from his parents.

The station reported that Naomi Palmer was sleeping on the sofa Tuesday morning when she heard commotion at the door and people yelling.

“They started hollering FBI, FBI,” Palmer says. “They came in with high-powered rifles.”

Delray Beach police Sgt. Nicole Guerriero told the station that “sometimes we get information we have to follow up on, especially in a case like this when someone is stating that their life is in danger and they’re being kidnapped. Unfortunately, we don’t always get the right address. We did have to enter two other homes because we received information that he was possibly there.”

 

Feds Allege that Ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Took $10,000 Bribe in Restaurant

Ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick/official photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

DETROIT — At this point it would be hard to tarnish the reputation of ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.

But the feds heaped on some more serious allegations to his already pending public corruption charges.

The Detroit News reports that new court filings in fed court in Detroit allege that Kilpatrick took a $10,000 kickback in a restaurant bathroom and tried forcing a business to take in his father as a minority partner.

The allegations were included in an updated racketeering conspiracy indictment against Kilpatrick and three others.

The News reports that the allegation appears to rely on some information from the mayor’s ex-aide and good buddy Derrick Miller, who pleaded guilty in September and has been cooperating.

One allegation is that Miller hand-delivered Kilpatrick a $10,000 kickback inside a Detroit restaurant bathroom in fall 2007.

The News reported that the cash came from a developer who was seeking a loan from city pension funds for Asian Village, the defunct restaurant development.

The News reported that another new allegation was that “Kilpatrick allegedly tried to strong-arm a company in 2002 that wanted to open a House of Blues restaurant at Ford Field.

“During negotiations, according to the indictment, a city development official pressured a company official to hire the mayor’s father, Bernard Kilpatrick, as minority partner. The firm, identified as ‘Company F’ in the indictment, said no. So Kilpatrick withdrew the city’s support, according to the indictment.”

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