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FBI: 95 Law Enforcement Officers Killed in 2014, Most of Them Feloniously

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The number of law enforcement officers “feloniously” killed in 2014 jumped 89% over the past year, according to new FBI statistics that come just a week after the fatal shootings of an officer in New York City and two officers in Hattiesburg, Miss., the FBI reported.

The FBI recorded 51 felonious killings, compared to 27 in 2013. The average number of annual felonious killings between  between 1980 and 2014 was 64.

Of the 51 killings, 46 involved firearms.

Police departments lost another 44 officers in the line of duty to accidental causes, such as car accidents and smoke inhalation. In 2o13, 49 officers were killed.

Garland Police Say They Never Received FBI Warning of Threat

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

One of the biggest criticisms of federal law enforcement in the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, was the lack of communication that could have helped authorities foil the attack.

But the communication lapses continue, most recently when police in Garland, Texas, never received an FBI bulletin that specifically warned of one of two men who would open fire at a contest to draw Prophet Muhammad, which is offensive to many Muslims.

According to Garland Police Chief Mitch Gates, local authorities had no idea the FBI warned of the two men and even posted a photo of one of the shooters and the license plate number, Fort Worth Business Press reports. 

Bates said that officials not only didn’t receive the bulletin in time, but it wasn’t specific enough to call attention to it.

The bulletin warned that one of the attackers, Elton Simpson, “might be interested in going to Garland,” “We had no information from the FBI or anyone else that Simpson posed a threat to our event,” Garland Police Chief Mitch Bates, said.

Judge Halts Case Amid Claims FBI Threatened Witness in Oklahoma City Bombing Case

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A federal judge has postponed a civil case involving the Oklahoma City bombing following claims that the FBI had threatened a witness in an attempt to keep him from testifying, Fox 13 Salt Lake City reports.

U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups appointed a “special master” to monitor the investigation, which is looking into allegations that agents instructed a witness not to show up in court in a lawsuit over documents from the 1999 bombing.

The judge also wants to see an unredacted copy of a report about potential witness tampering.

 

FBI Director James Comey Expresses Thanks to Law Enforcement Officers

Video: Border Patrol Agent Tases Woman Who Was Asserting Her Rights

One of the Border Patrol agents at the scene.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Jess Cooke is a criminal justice major with a dream of becoming a Border Patrol agent.

But the 21-year-old may reconsider that decision after she was tackled, tased and handcuffed during an argument over her rights with a Border Patrol agent at an immigration checkpoint in New York.

Agents sad Cooke “appeared nervous” and told her to get into the secondary checkpoint at Waddington near the border of Canada, where she was told to wait for a K-9 unit to check her car, even though drugs were not suspected and were never found, she said.

While along the side of the road, Cooke demanded to know why she was being detained and said that she would not wait long for a canine unit. When she refused to move, the Border Patrol agent can be heard tasing the woman, who screamed.

“What is wrong with you?!”

The Border Patrol is investigating.

Robbery Suspect Shoots FBI Agent in Leg, Turns Gun on Self

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A suspect in a Colorado bank robbery shot an FBI agent in the leg and then fatally turned the gun on himself Friday afternoon.

KUSA-TV Denver reports that the agent, whose identity has not yet been released, was not seriously injured and was treated at a nearby hospital for non-life-threatening injuries to his calf.

The agent was serving a warrant at a motel in Littleton, Colo. with a task force when the suspect fired two shots at him and other law enforcement officials.

The FBI said law enforcement did not return fire, but the suspect fatally shot himself.

Homeland Security Chairman Suggests Terrorism ‘Has Gone Viral’

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The House Homeland Security chairman suggested terrorism “has gone viral” because of the accessibility of the Internet, where terrorist groups are recruiting new members.

“I think there’s been an uptick in the stream of threats out there,” Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, said.

“It’s very concerning.”

McCaul only needed to point to the shooting in Garland, Texas, over a “Draw Muhammad” event for one example of the growing threats.

McCaul said he’s fearful the internet will help terrorists connect with other extremists.

“I think the threat environment today is one of the highest that I’ve ever seen,” McCaul said, comparing the atmosphere to the period around the 9/11 attacks.

“It’s going to get worse, not better,” he said. “This is very difficult to stop.”

Former DEA Head Thomas A. Constantine dies at age of 76

Thomas A. Constantine

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 Thomas A. Constantine, the former tough-talking chief of the DEA, died May 3 at a hospice in Pinehurst, N.C., the Washington Post reports. 

He was 76.

Constantine. who died after getting a staph infection, was chosen as the head of the DEA by President Bill Clinton in 1994 after the former cop and investigator led successful crackdowns on drugs in New York.

The n0-nonsense leader of the DEA launched aggressive campaigns to knock down some of the drug operations in Mexico and Central America. But he quickly found out that the well-connected and well-financed drug cartels were ruthless, determined and capable of influencing police and politicians.

Constantine was born in Buffalo on Dec. 23, 1938 and began his law enforcement in 1960 as a sheriff’s deputy.

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