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Two ATF Agents, Police Officer Shot During Undercover Investigation in Chicago

By Steve Neavling

Two ATF agents and a Chicago police officer who were working undercover were shot Wednesday morning on the city’s southwest side. 

The law enforcement officers came under fire while inside a car that was getting on Interstate 57, The Chicago Sun-Times reports.

The officers were taken to a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. One of the agents was shot in the side, and the other was shot in the hand. A bullet grazed the side of the Chicago police officer’s head. 

By Wednesday evening, at least two suspects were in custody. 

In a separate shooting Wednesday afternoon, an Indiana police detective serving on an FBI task force was killed during an ambush near a federal building Wednesday afternoon, The Tribune Star reports.

Terre Haute Det. Greg Ferency, a 30-year-veteran of the police department, was shot outside the FBI’s Indianapolis Resident Agency at about 2:15 p.m. 

An FBI agent returned fire, shooting the suspected gunman. 

It wasn’t immediately clear what prompted the shooting. 

FBI Sends 65 Agents into High-Crime Areas of Chicago to Crack Down on Gangs

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has dispatched 65 agents across high-crime areas of Chicago to help crackdown on gang crime, Sneed reports.

“This is a new tactic the FBI is using in fighting crime,” an FBI spokeswoman said, “by working in a concentrated area and a concentrated time on the street — although the FBI has been working hand in hand and day in and day out with the police department.”

FBI agents will work with the Chicago Police Department to go after gangs on Thursdays and Fridays for the next three to four weeks, Sneed reported.

The agents plan to conduct surveillance on drug-dealing.

“They will be going after the worst of the worst, looking for people wanted on murder warrants. The fugitives may be wanted on the South Side, but who knows where in the city they’re hiding,” a top police source said.

Helping Self to Chips, Soda May Cost Chicago Cop Time in Prison


Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A Chicago cop is accused of extortion for helping himself daily to chips and soda without paying for them at a liquor store, CBS Chicago reports.

Sgt. Ray M. Ramirez, who is described as broke, faces up to 20 years for “openly take items in front of the store’s employees” while visiting the store in his uniform, a federal complaint alleges.

Ramirez is accused of hanging out at the store for about an hour a day, according to CBS Chicago.

A store clerk was wearing a wire for the FBI when he asked the agent to run a background check for $550.

“We never talked, and I never did this for you,” Ramirez allegedly told the undercover informant on May 22. “I would lose my job and be fired.”

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Fed. Prosecutors Widen the Net into Allegations of Torture Involving Chicago Cops

By Steve Mills and Jeff Coen
Chicago Tribune
CHICAGO — Federal prosecutors continue to investigate decades-old allegations that Chicago police routinely tortured murder suspects, focusing on a half-dozen detectives following the recent indictment of former Cmdr. Jon Burge, the alleged ringleader, sources said.
Subpoenas served on the city show that prosecutors are looking at detectives long linked to Burge and the South Side precincts where he worked mostly during the 1980s. Among them: former Sgt. John Byrne, considered Burge’s right-hand man, and former detective Peter Dignan.
It is not surprising that the investigation has widened beyond Burge. Last October, when prosecutors announced Burge’s indictment on perjury and obstruction of justice charges, U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald said the charges “should serve as a warning” to those officers who worked for him and took part in alleged brutality.
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