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FBI Director Comey Speaks at Memorial Service of Slain NYPD Officer

FBI Director James Comey

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Speaking at the memorial service of slain New York City Police Officer Wenjian Liu on Sunday, FBI Director James Comey said he was perplexed by the increase in police officer deaths in 2014, Fox News reports.

“One hundred and fifteen were killed last year,” Comey said at the service in Brooklyn. “That’s a shocking increase from 2013. I don’t understand evil and I cannot try.”

As many as 120 police officers were killed in the line of duty in 2014, compared to 76 in 2013.

Comey encouraged Americans to “make something good out of the tragedy … so that evil does not rule the day.”

Liu was killed Dec. 20 by a man who said on social media that he was seeking retaliation for the deaths of two unarmed black men in 2014.

At Least 7 Arrested for Threatening NYPD Police Following Shooting of 2 Officers

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Authorities have arrested at least seven people for allegedly threatening police after a man shot two NYPD officers in the head Saturday in retaliation for the recent deaths of black men at the hands of white cops, CNN reports.

Police have been encouraging the public to report all threats so law enforcement can assess the dangers. As a result, seven arrests were made.

“All threats against members of the NYPD are taken seriously and are investigated immediately to determine the credibility and origin of the information,” NYPD said in a statement.

One recent arrest included a 26-year-old who is accused of threatening officers while posting pictures of weapons on his Facebook page. He has been charged with making terroristic threats, CNN reported.

Another suspect, a 41-year-old man, was arrested after he allegedly called police to inquire whether the bullets had been removed from the dead officer’s head so “he could kill more cops.”

In a tweet Thursday, Mayor Bill de Blasio thanked the police department and the civilian who saw something and said something: “Thank you to the NYPD officers who today arrested a man who threatened to kill cops, and to the good samaritan who provided key information.”

Justice Department to Launch Civil Rights Investigation into Eric Garner’s Death

Eric Garner with his children, via National Action Network

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Soon after a grand jury declined to indict a white New York City cop in the death of Eric Garner, a black man who was selling cigarettes, the Justice Department will conduct its own civil rights investigation.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said during a press conference today that Attorney General Eric Holder was preparing to closely examine the case to determine whether civil rights charges are warranted, the Huffington Post reports.

“They made clear that the investigation initiated by the U.S. attorney would now move forward, move expeditiously, and be a thorough investigation,” de Blasio said.

The announcement comes after a Staten Island grand jury decided not to indict New York City Police Officer Daniel Pantelo, who placed Garner in a chokehold after arresting him on July 17 for selling single cigarettes.

In a video, Garner can be heard screaming, “I can’t breathe,” before his body went limp.

A medical examiner determined Garner’s death was a homicide caused by the chokehold.

Statement From Attorney Eric Holder:

Good evening. I want to provide an update regarding the case involving Eric Garner, a Staten Island resident, who died tragically in July.

Since Mr. Garner’s death, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, the Civil Rights Division and the FBI have been monitoring the local case closely while allowing the local investigation, led by the District Attorney’s office in Staten Island, to proceed first.

Earlier today, the grand jury declined to return an indictment in this case. Now that the local investigation has concluded, I am here to announce that the Justice Department will proceed with a federal civil rights investigation into Mr. Garner’s death.

This afternoon I spoke with the widow of Eric Garner to inform her and her family of our decision to investigate potential federal civil rights violations. I have been in touch with President Obama and Mayor de Blasio regarding our decision as well.

Our prosecutors will conduct an independent, thorough, fair and expeditious investigation.

In addition to performing our own investigative work, the Department will conduct a complete review of the material gathered during the local investigation.

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FBI Director Comey: Hatchet Attack on NYPD Officer Was ‘Act of Terror’

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A man who attacked an NYPD officer last month with a hatchet was inspired by terrorists and black separatism, NBC4 New York reports.

“There is no doubt it was terrorism,” Comey said during a news conference at the Newark FBI offices.

Comey said the suspect, Zale Thompson, was politically motivated and he appears to have drawn inspiration from foreign terrorist sources like ISIL (ISIS), but there is also evidence he was focused on black separatist ideology.”

Comey said Thompson reviewed jihadist propaganda and ISIL beheading videos online.

“There is no doubt that played a role,” Comey said.

Thompson is accused of attacking NYPD rookie Officer Kenneth Healy while he was posing for a picture. Healy spent time in the hospital and rehabilitation before being sent home to recover.

NYPD’s Use of ‘Broken Windows’ Crime-Fighting Strategy Comes Under Fire

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 The Justice Department is mulling whether to investigate NYPD’s use of the controversial crime fighting strategy known as “broken windows,” the New York Daily News reports.

The Justice Department Civil Rights Division is considering a request from six members of Congress to investigate whether black people and Hispanics are disproportionately affected by quality-of-life violations.

“When a systemic pattern or practice of misconduct is determined to exist, we have the authority to initiate civil action against state or local officials to remedy the misconduct,” wrote Justice Department Assistant Attorney General Peter J. Kadzik.

The Congress members said plenty of evidence exists against the NYPD.

“It’s now our job to convince the Department of Justice that the evidence exists to open a pattern and practice investigation,” said Congressman Hakeem Jeffries. “The police department in New York City is out of control right now. It seems as though every day a new video surfaces of an officer brutalizing someone in the black and Latino community.”

 

FBI May Investigate Death of Staten Island Man Placed in Chokehold by NYPD

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is considering launching its own investigation into the death of a Staten Island man who died after he was placed in a chokehold by police, The New York Post reports.

The bureau also is “monitoring” the investigation by the New York Police Department.

George Venizelos, the chief of the FBI’s New York office, spoke with NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton about the death.

Eric Garner, 43, died of cardiac arrest after an undercover cop put him in a chokehold. A video shows Garner struggling to say he can’t breathe but police sustained the hold.

Outgoing New York Police Commissioner Has Some Biting Words for FBI

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, known for his stop-and-frisk tactics and zealous pursuit of Islamic terrorists, was quick to criticize the FBI.

In a wide-ranging interview with the New York Times, Kelly accused the FBI of failing to cooperate with local police.

He cited Boston as an example following the bombings last year.

“We want information right away,” he says. “I think in retrospect the mayor in Boston and the police commissioner in Boston feel the same way based on what they knew or didn’t know relative to the Boston Marathon bombing.”

During Kelly’s tenure, he pursued doggedly Muslims and built a counterterrorism apparatus, the Times wrote.

Police Chief Arrested in New York State On Accusations That He Threatened His Replacement

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A police chief is accused of retaliating against his temporary replacement for snitching on him to the FBI, CBS New York reports.

FBI agents arrested Port Chester, N.Y. Police Chief Joseph Krzeminski on Monday, saying he physically threatened and retaliated against the department’s acting chief, John Telesca. Last week Krzeminski is accused of going to Telesca’s home and calling him a “rat.”

Krzeminski is out of jail on a $100,000 bond.

Krzeminski’s attorney dismissed the allegations, saying his client was the one who requested an FBI investigation.