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FBI Agent Accused of Shooting at Police Was Investigating Fraud in Michigan

fbigunbadgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI special agent who was arrested for allegedly shooting at a Grand Rapids police officer was in Michigan investigating telemarketing fraud, WZZM 13 reports. 

Ruben Hernandez, 35, was arrested on Dec. 6 and charged with assault with intent to commit great bodily harm and assault with a dangerous weapon.

Police were called to a gym after Hernandez began acting erratically. He’s accused of firing at a responding officer.

While in custody, Hernandez apologized.

“Ma’am, I have a telemarketing fraud case,” he informed an officer.

“It is a mass marketing fraud case. I’m so sorry. I can’t even think straight. 4965903, that’s the FBI file number. Ma’am, I’m so sorry.”

Hernandez works out of the FBI’s Las Vegas office.

CNN Political Commentator Says She Was Subjected to ‘Vaginal Pat Down’ at Detroit Airport

Detroit Metro Airport, via Wikipedia

Detroit Metro Airport, via Wikipedia

CNN political commentator Angela Rye said she was subjected to an invasive “vaginal pat down” at Detroit Metro Airport.

Rye, who wrote about the experience in an op-ed on CNN’s website, said she was told she was randomly chosen for additional screening, despite having a TSA Precheck status and is a CLEAR traveler. 

After being told that a female TSA agent would do “a backhanded pat around the upper thigh,” the search went beyond that, she wrote:

The pat-down began and was uneventful until she went down my leg, up my dress, and her hand sideways hits me right in the crack of my labia. Startled, I jump and feel a lump in my throat trying to hold back tears. What happened to the back handed pat-down?

She comes around to the front; I grow nervous and pull back a bit, afraid of the same thing happening ― and her sideways hand hits in the middle of my genitals again. I can no longer hold back the tears. 

Rye said she was told she would be escorted from the airport if she didn’t agree to the pat-down.

“Of course, we want America to be safe and protected,” Rye wrote. “But we should not violate the emotional and physical safety of our nation’s citizens at the same time.”

Honolulu Police Chief, Officers Are Under FBI Investigation in Corruption Case

Honolulu Police Department

Honolulu Police Department

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha has received a target letter from the FBI, informing him that he is under investigation as part of an ongoing public corruption case.

The chief will go on restricted duty, Hawaii News Now reports. 

The FBI also sent target letters to several other officers in the department.

The letters follow a guilty plea by former police officer Niall Silva, who admitted to lying under oath about a conspiracy to frame a relative of the police chief’s wife.

His wife, a high-ranking deputy city prosecutor, is accused of lying about her uncle stealing a mailbox.

Trump Departs from Tradition, Plans to Keep Private Security Team

Donald TrumpBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Although President-elect Donald Trump is protected by the Secret Service, he has opted to continue employing a private security and intelligence team at his victory rallies.

Politico reports that he is expected to retain some members of the team when he becomes president, a major departure from tradition. 

Politico wrote:

But Trump — who puts a premium on loyalty and has demonstrated great interest in having forceful security at his events — has opted to maintain an aggressive and unprecedented private security force, led by Keith Schiller, a retired New York City cop and Navy veteran who started working for Trump in 1999 as a part-time bodyguard, eventually rising to become his head of security.

Security officials warn that employing private security personnel heightens risks for the president-elect and his team, as well as for protesters, dozens of whom have alleged racial profiling, undue force or aggression at the hands of Trump’s security, with at least 10 joining a trio of lawsuits now pending against Trump, his campaign or its security.

“It’s playing with fire,” said Jonathan Wackrow, a former Secret Service agent who worked on President Barack Obama’s protective detail during his 2012 reelection campaign. Having a private security team working events with Secret Service “increases the Service’s liability, it creates greater confusion and it creates greater risk,” Wackrow said.

“You never want to commingle a police function with a private security function,” he said, adding, “If you talk to the guys on the detail and the guys who are running the rallies, that’s been a little bit difficult because it’s so abnormal.”

ATF Stays Mum on ‘Officer-Involved Death’ of Suspect in Milwaukee

ATF LogoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The ATF is keeping quiet about an “officer-involved death” of a suspect in Milwaukee last week.

“I apologize, I know it’s really confusing,” ATF media contact Ashlee Sherrill of the St. Paul field office told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “But we don’t want to compromise the investigation.” 

The Wisconsin Department of Justice is investigating the case.

The ATF was leading an operation Thursday that involved serving an arrest warrant on Bruce Young, who was accused of possessing illegal explosives. Young fled and was under pursuit when he shot himself, according to the Department of Justice. 

A video shows a law enforcement vehicle striking the running suspect before he fell to the ground.

Forbes: Jeff Sessions to Bring Fresh Perspective, Experience to Justice Department

Jeff Sessions

Jeff Sessions

By Steve Forbes
Forbes

At this point in our nation’s history President-elect Donald Trump has chosen exactly the right person to serve as our next attorney general: Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama. Senator Sessions has a blend of experience rarely seen in attorneys general: 12 years as the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama, the top federal law-enforcement officer in that district; several years as the elected attorney general of Alabama; and 20 years as a member of the U.S. Senate. No previous attorney general in our lifetime can match these credentials.

During his time in the Senate, Senator Sessions has served with distinction on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which has oversight of the Department of Justice. He has watched the disintegration of the Justice Department under President Obama, including the appointment of two attorneys general who have aided and abetted the unprecedented expansion of unconstitutional executive orders that have undermined the concepts of the Rule of Law and the Separation of Powers that have guided our country’s destiny for over 200 years. Senator Sessions understands the Constitution and is ready, willing and able to assist our next President in returning the nation to the Rule of Law and putting an end to the dictatorial powers assumed by our most recent President.

Senator Sessions understands the criminal justice system and the importance of integrating the efforts of federal, state and local law-enforcement agencies into a seamless web dedicated to public safety. He has personal experience in both state and federal law enforcement, which will enable him to maintain–and improve where necessary–critical interagency cooperation to combat drug trafficking, cyber crime, terrorism, gun violence, immigration enforcement and a variety of other threats to the public.

His many years of experience as part of the Justice Department and the insights he has gained as a member of the Senate have given him a unique knowledge of the Justice Department and its constituent agencies. The Justice Department is a complex, multidivisional entity, covering everything from criminal justice, civil rights, tax, antitrust and tort law to lands and environmental issues, as well as many other issues.

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New Government Studies Found That FBI Fails to Report Many Killings by Police

police tapeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A new federal government study has found that the FBI has reported far fewer killings by police than actually happened.

The study found there were about 1,200 killings by police in in 2015, compared to the FBI’s official count of 442. 

The discovery casts serious questions about the data collected by the FBI, which compiles what are supposed to be the official counts.

The study suggests tracking arrest-related deaths by using media reports and follow-ups with law enforcement and coroners’ offices.

“The revised … program methodology is designed to increase the reliability, validity, and comprehensiveness of the data collection,” the study reports.

The ACLU and other independent groups have long criticized the current method of tracking, which comes from police self-reporting the killings.

FBI Agent Admits Leaking Inside Information to Media about Gambler, Pro Golfer

Golfer Phil Mickelson

Golfer Phil Mickelson

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI agent may be held in contempt of court after confessing to being a “significant source” of leaks to the media about the insider trading investigation involving professional golfer Phil Mickelson and a Las Vegas sports gambler.

Prosecutors on Friday said the agent, who has not been identified, could be held in contempt for potentially jeopardizing the case with leaks involving famed gambler William “Billy” Walters, CNBC reports. 

The agent’s case has been referred to the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility and the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General.

The agent said he leaked information to the New York Times and Wall Street Journal.