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DEA Agent’s Gun Fires As Suspect Tries to Wrestle a Gun from Him

dea-badgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It was a tense moment for a DEA agent who was trying to arrest a drug suspect.

The suspect tried to remove a gun from the agent, causing the weapon to fire as the suspect and a female suspect fled in a hotel parking lot near JFK Airport on Tuesday, the New York Post reports. 

A witness saw the incident unfold and initially thought the agent was the aggressor as the female suspect screamed.

“He was running after her and she was running back towards the Hampton Inn parking lot. He jumped and tackled her here behind the car, like a football tackle,” said Tyesha Davis, 29.

“I ran over and started hitting him, saying, ‘Get off her!’ He reached in his shirt and pulled out a badge and said, ‘Stop, I’m a DEA officer.’”

“I asked, ‘Who is she?’ and he said, ‘She’s a drug trafficker, I’m making an arrest,’” Davis continued.

The man who tried to wrestle the gun away from the agent was still at large Tuesday night.

Other Stories of Interest

Retired FBI Agent Makes Living Administering Polygraph Tests

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

fbi badge

Jay Cherry has been around long enough to separate truth from fiction.

After retiring in 2012 following 21 years with the FBI, Cherry opened Eagle Eye Polygraph in  The retired FBI agent open Eagle Eye Polygraph in Batavia, Il., in June 2014, Kane County Chronicle reports.

“I did criminal work, investigating federal crimes and did polygraph testing as a specialty since 2004,” said Cherry, of Batavia. “To beat the polygraph, it is very difficult. … To a trained examiner, it is really obvious.”

Cherry said the polygraph is more sophisticated than it used to be.

“The technology is more sophisticated, but basically uses the same principles from 100 years ago,” Cherry said. “We have better ways of recording physiology. I’ve had … guilty people who … think they can beat the test through force of will.”

Cherry charges between $250 and $1,000 to administer a polygraph test, which takes between 90 and 120 minutes.

USA Today: FBI Director Comey Fans Flames without Evidence on ‘Ferguson Effect’

FBI Director James Comey

FBI Director James Comey

By Editorial Board
USA Today

Since the mid-1990s, violent crime in the USA has dropped by nearly half. From 713.6 incidents per 100,000 people in 1994, it had fallen to 365.5 by last year. Apart from a short-lived uptick in 2005 and 2006, the downward trend has been persistent.

Criminologists initially attributed the decline to the ebbing of the crack cocaine epidemic. When the rate continued to fall long after the crack turf wars were over, the experts turned to other possible explanations. Changes in policing? The rising rates of incarceration? No single explanation was particularly convincing.

But now that preliminary data show an increase in violent crime in certain large cities this year, one man says he already knows why. FBI Director James Comey  says the spike is at least in part the result of what is being called the “Ferguson effect” — the increased scrutiny of officers in the wake of several highly publicized police brutality cases, including the shooting of an unarmed man in Ferguson, Mo., last year. This scrutiny, Comey says, is causing police to be more cautious and criminals to be more emboldened.

It is possible, of course, that Comey is on to something and will be proved right over time. Surely, no officer wants to be the next YouTube sensation. But given the history of crime theories, confidence in a gut-sense explanation is unwarranted. Blaming the crime rise on police criticism is provocative and shouldn’t be done without firm data to back it up.

To read more click here. 

National Border Patrol Council Joins Boycott of Quentin Tarantino After Police Remarks

Quentin Tarantino, via Wikipedia

Quentin Tarantino, via Wikipedia

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol agents are joining the growing boycott of director Quentin Tarantino, The Wrap reports.

Tarantino, who is known for movies such as “Pulp Fiction” and “Reservoir Dogs,” has come under fire for disparaging remarks about police. Last week, the director called police “murderers.”

“We stand strongly in support of our brothers and sisters in uniform who have called for a boycott of Tarantino movies,” said National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd. “His hateful words, spoken just four days after a NYPD officer was gunned down in East Harlem, will only embolden those who would do harm to police officers. Aren’t we a big enough target already?”

Here is the full post from NBPC’s site:

Leaders of the National Border Patrol Council, the union that represents more than 16,500 men and women who protect our nation’s borders, expressed their outrage at Quentin Tarantino, who last Saturday joined a New York protest of police brutality and called police “murderers.” The Hollywood filmmaker’s words and actions are “a disgusting and dangerous insult” to all law enforcement officers, said NBPC president Brandon Judd. The Border Patrol, he pointed out, is one of the nation’s largest law enforcement agencies. “We stand strongly in support of our brothers and sisters in uniform who have called for a boycott of Tarantino movies,” Judd said. “His hateful words, spoken just four days after a NYPD officer was gunned down in East Harlem, will only embolden those who would do harm to police officers. Aren’t we a big enough target already?” The NBPC is proud to join the nation’s five largest police unions, all of which have called for a boycott of Tarantino’s work, including his upcoming movie, “The Hateful Eight.” Judd said he agrees wholeheartedly with the Los Angeles Police Protective League, which issued a statement saying “Tarantino took irresponsibility to a new and completely unacceptable level.”

Head of Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector to Take Helm at Rio Grande Valley Sector

border patrol 3By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector in southern Arizona is losing its leader.

Chief Patrol Agent Manuel Padilla Jr. is taking the helm at the agency’s Rio Grande Valley Sector, The Arizona Daily Star reports. 

The Nogales native will make the shift later this month.

Under Padilla’s watch, the Tucson Sector has seen a “marked decrease” in human smuggling, border violence and other illegal activities, according to CBP.

Padilla “always felt a sense of community and made it his purpose in life to reduce cross-border criminal activity while improving the quality of life for Arizona’s residents,” a news release said.

Padilla’s career with Border Patrol began in 1986 at the Sierra Blanca Border Patrol Sector in Texas.

TSA Looking for Adoptive Families for Their Furry Partners

dog-foodBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The TSA is looking for homes for its furry companions.

The dogs are either retired from the TSA or didn’t pass explosives detection training.

They include German short-haired pointers, Belgian malinois and Labrador retrievers.

The canines are available for adoption at no cost, but adoptive families must travel to San Antonio to retrieve the dogs.

Interested in a furry companion? Email the TSA coordinator at AdoptaTSAcanine@OLE.tsa.dhs.gov.

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Michael Mason: To Suggest Law Enforcement Community Needs Training To Learn How To Do Their Job Is a Gross Over-Simplification

Michael Mason is a retired Executive Assistant Director of the FBI. His column is in response to a newsletter in which ticklethewire.com Editor Allan Lengel commented on FBI Director James Comey’s  theory suggesting society’s intense scrutiny of police is preventing officers from being aggressive about doing their job, which in turn,  is causing a spike in crime. Lengel wrote: “I commend (Comey) for bringing up the issue. Still, he’s fallen short here. Instead of coming up with solutions, he’s simply helping reinforce the perception of cops as victims. He needs to push for a comprehensive, national program to train law enforcement officers to do their job, dealing with the challenges of the 21st Century.”

Mike Mason/fbi photo

Michael Mason/fbi photo

By Michael Mason

The opening comments you made regarding the state of police training in the United States strikes me as painting the problem with an overly broad brush.

As the father of a newly minted Washington State Patrol Trooper, I can assure you he received some of the finest training available in this country today.  The days of being handed a used uniform and a gun belt and being told you are now a police officer are long gone.

There are tens of thousands of very fine police officers serving this country in a very difficult job every day of the week.  I recently participated in a Commander for a Day program with the New York Police Department.  During my tour-of-duty, I met some of the finest young men and women this country has to offer.

They were intelligent, dedicated, focused and perhaps most importantly, universally proud of wearing the uniform of the NYPD.  Those I had the opportunity to speak with joined the department to serve the citizens of New York, not to lord over them.  I have read and heard many news reports detailing bad acts of representatives from the law enforcement community.  However, I know on any given day there are hundreds of stories that could be told about officers going the extra mile to serve the citizens in their communities.

When I was the Assistant Special Agent in Charge in the Buffalo Division,  a doctor was shot and killed in his residence for services he provided to women.  He was shot through a kitchen window and killed in his kitchen while his children watched television in an adjoining room.  The kitchen was a horrific crime scene, with splattered blood everywhere.  When the evidence technicians completed their work, police officers, detectives and leadership of the Amherst Police Department, stayed on scene and cleaned that kitchen until virtually no signs of the horrible crime that occurred there were visible any longer.

I could recite you similar stories of officers engaging beyond the call of duty from every place I served across the country.  We live in a time in which the respect given to those in authority has been significantly degraded over the past couple of decades.  Policing is as difficult a job as it has ever been in our history.  Despite this fact, young men and women still desire to serve in the uniform of our state, local and tribal police departments.  The vast majority do so with honor and distinction.

Perhaps these times call for additional training in de-escalation procedures and other techniques necessary to de-fuse potentially hostile and dangerous situations.  I am a strong proponent of routine and continuous training.

However, I will conclude my note in the same manner I began, to suggest that the law enforcement community needs to training to learn how to “…do their job…” is a gross over-simplification.  There are few professions that include the amount of training provided to today’s law enforcement officer.  Academies run from 6-10 months, 40 hours per week.   You and I both know those academies go far beyond teaching the best way to use a night stick.  I suspect training at today’s police academies includes subjects that weren’t even taught a decade ago.  I truly believe today’s police are better trained, more educated and just as community-oriented and dedicated to the mission of policing as any time in this country’s history.

The vast majority of police put on their uniforms hoping to do what we all hope to do; go to work, have a reasonably good day and perform their jobs to the best of their ability.  I would put virtually all the police officers I met in my career in that category.

I know you are a fair guy, but I really wanted to speak up on behalf of the law enforcement community, a community far better than recent media depictions have portrayed.

 

Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI Commends Comey For Comments About Policing

FBI Director James Comey in Chicago delivering speech at the International Association of Chiefs of Police. (ticklethewire.com photo)

FBI Director James Comey in Chicago delivering speech at the International Association of Chiefs of Police. (ticklethewire.com photo)

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James Comey has gotten some push back from skeptics about this theory that the recent intense focus on police brutality has made some police officers less aggressive about doing their job, which has resulted in a spike in crime.

Well, the retired Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI has issued a statement commending him for speaking out on the issue in Chicago.

The statement says:

Director Comey has served for two decades as a top federal prosecutor in New York City, Richmond, Virginia and at the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. He is widely respected as a thoughtful, independent, and insightful leader. His independence was celebrated when as Deputy Attorney General he, along with then FBI Director Robert Mueller, both threatened to resign rather than proceed with a White House policy of President George W. Bush that they both considered illegal. The FBI Director has a ten year term that purposefully does not coincide with the four year term of the presidency to insure such independence. Director Comey’s comments on race, policing, and spiking crime rates this last year should be applauded as timely, needed and courageous.

Director Comey bravely tackled in his speech a complex subject dealing with spiking violent crime and homicide rates in cities all across the country in 2015 after 25 years of declining violent crime. During this last year, Director Comey has directed his Special Agents in Charge across the country to engage in community discussions about race relations and policing issues. He has listened to their reporting and he also makes it a practice to speak with law enforcement groups and officials on a continual basis. Comey remarked that the reason for such spikes may be due to a change in policing. He asked the important question “In today’s You Tube world, are officers reluctant to get out of their cars and do the work that controls violent crime? Are officers answering 911 calls but avoiding the informal contact that keeps bad guys standing around, especially with guns?” He asked these important questions in the context that the murder victims in large part are persons of color and that law enforcement needs to find answers to the questions he was asking and solutions to the spiking crime rate to save these vulnerable victims and their communities. Director Comey also strongly noted in several instances that changes in police conduct is welcomed in terms of de-escalation and the use of deadly force.

Society President Larry Langberg stated, “Director Comey has commented to the nation’s law enforcement professionals on a difficult subject involving race relations, policing practices, and community involvement. He should be applauded for encouraging nationally a discussion about critical issues in policing.”