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Two Chicago Cops Busted in FBI Sting

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Two Chicago cops find themselves on the wrong side of the law.

The feds in Chicago on Monday announced that they had charged Sgt. Ronald Watts and officer Kallatt Mohammed with stealing $5,200 from someone they thought was transporting money for drug dealers, but who was actually an informant working for the FBI.

Both cops were assigned to a 2nd District tactical team.

Watts, 48, is an 18-year police veteran and Mohammed, 47, who joined the department 14 years ago.

Authorities said that last Nov. 21, a cooperating witness for the FBI told the cops about transporting the drug money.

Agents on surveillance video-recorded the alleged theft, which occurred when Mohammed, driving his personal auto, approached the informant in the 2700 block of South Vernon and took a bag containing $5,200 from the informant, authorities said.

Later, authorities alleged, the officers paid the informant $400 for allowing them to steal the drug proceeds.

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8 NYPD Cops Busted in Gun Smuggling Ring

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

And now for one of those black eyes that all police departments hate.

Reuters reports that 8 New York cops were arrested Tuesday on fed charges for allegedly helping run a run a gun-smuggling ring in the city.  Four others were also charged in the case.

Reuters reported that the U.S. Attorney’s office confirmed the arrests and said the ring also smuggled other items such as cigarettes and slot machines.

Reuters reported that of the eight officers, five are active duty officers and three are retired.

 

NYPD Spied on Mosques and Innocent People

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Associated Press has obtained confidential documents that show the New York cops collected intelligence on more than 250 mosques and Muslim student groups in and around New York.

AP reported that the department used undercover officers and informants to canvas the Islamic population of New York.

AP wrote that the secret documents “highlight how the past decade’s hunt for terrorists also put huge numbers of innocent people under scrutiny as they went about their daily lives in mosques, businesses and social groups.”

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Fed Jury Convicts 5 Current and Former New Orleans Cops in Danziger Bridge Shootings

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A federal jury on Friday convicted five current and former New Orleans cops in the case involving the cover-up and shooting of six unarmed civilians on Danziger Bridge days after Katrina devastated the area, WWL TV reported. Two of the people died.

The station reported that defendants Kenneth Bowen, Robert Gisevius, Robert Faulcon and Anthony Villavaso were found guilty of the shooting of civilians and participation in the cover-up. Sgt. Arthur Kaufman was found guilty of the cover-up.

The case had been a serious blemish on a police department that had already been suffering from a less than ideal reputation.

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Justice Dept. Threatens to Withhold Funds From Police Depts. That Don’t Require Body Armor

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — No body armor, no cash.

That’s what the Justice Department is saying.

USA Today reports that the Justice Department is threatening to withhold millions of federal dollars from  local police departments that don’t require uniformed officers to wear body armor.

The threats come in wake of a spike in fatal shootings of cops. Body armor is not required at 41 percent of the nation’s police departments, USA Today reports.

“What struck us is the number of agencies that don’t have a mandatory policy … a potential huge vulnerability,” Jim Burch, acting director of the department’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, told USA Today. “If we’re investing federal dollars, we should require agencies to have policies.”

More on the Miami Fed Prosecutor Who Got in Hot Water for Jumping in Pool With Boxers

Boiling Water on GasBy Allan Lengel
For AOL News

Depending how you look at it, Miami federal prosecutor Sean Cronin landed in hot water when his privates went public. Or when he first plunged into a cool pool at a watering hole wearing just his boxer shorts.

Whatever the case, one thing led to another on Sunday afternoon at a beer, chicken wings and sushi joint overlooking the Miami River. A mother covered her daughter’s eyes. Then the Miami cops showed up and arrested Cronin, 35, on a felony charge of lewd and lascivious exhibition and a misdemeanor count of resisting a police officer without violence.

Now it’s in the hands of the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office, which is trying to figure out whether to move forward or drop the whole matter.

Sean Cronin/miami-dade corrections

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“It’s too early to tell if any charges are going to be filed,” Terry Chavez, a spokeswoman for the State Attorney’s Office, told AOL News. “We have to bring witnesses in and see if [Cronin] and his lawyer want to make statements. It’s a brand-new case. Our lawyers are looking into it like any other case.”

Cronin’s lawyer, Joel Denaro, told The Miami Herald the charges are “beyond absurd. He went swimming in his boxer shorts, for God’s sake. He did nothing wrong.” Attempts to reach Denaro and Cronin, who works in the U.S. Attorney’s Appellate Division, were unsuccessful. The U.S. Attorney’s Office did not return calls for comment.

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At Least 10 Mexican Cops Killed and Several Others Wounded

Mexico border map
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Another reminder of the lawlessness in Mexico reared its ugly head Monday when at least 10 federal police officers were killed and more than a dozen  wounded in an ambush in an area a major drug organization calls home, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The paper reported that the attacks took place in the Mexican state of Michoacan, the home base for the Familia drug trafficking organization.

The paper reported that the officers had finished doing their patrols and were headed to Mexico City when they came under fire.

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