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3 Sheriff’s Departments Removed Deputies from U.S. Marshals Task Force over Body Cam Policy

U.S. Marshals prepare to make an arrest. (Stock photo via USMS)

By Steve Neavling

Three county sheriff’s departments in Minnesota are removing deputies from a U.S. Marshals task force until they are allowed to wear body cameras. 

The move by Ramsey, Anoka and Hennepin counties comes after two sheriff’s deputies shot and killed a Black man last week while serving on a U.S. Marshals fugitive task force. There was no video footage of the shooting because the deputies had been prevented from wearing body cameras, despite a change in Justice Department policy in October to allow local law enforcement to wear cameras. 

Ramsey County became the latest sheriff department to pull deputies from the U.S. Marshal’s North Star Fugitive Task Force until cameras are allowed. 

“Neither the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office nor the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office was offered the opportunity to use body cameras until last Friday in the wake of Winston Smith’s death,” Sheriff Fletcher said in a statement issued to KARE 11.

In a new Justice Department memo, Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco said earlier this week that ATF, FBI and U.S. Marshals agents will soon be required to wear body cameras.

Operation to Root Out Corrupt Law Enforcement Leads to Arrest of DEA Officer

Johnny Jacob Domingue, former DEA task force officer.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

A former DEA task force officer in Louisiana who previously admitted stealing drugs and money while on the job found himself in federal court in another case in which he’s accused of distributing more than five kilograms of cocaine.

Johnny Jacob Domingue was arrested in McAllen, Texas, on Wednesday on allegations he negotiated the purchase and transport of cocaine this summer, the Justice Department announced.

The arrest was part of Operation Blue Shame, an ongoing sting designed to root out corrupt law enforcement officers. Homeland Security is leading the operation, with the help of local police, the Texas Attorney General’s Office and CBP’s air and marine units.

Domingue is accused of traveling from Louisiana to Edinburg, Texas, to pick up a vehicle loaded with cocaine stashed in a secret compartment and then distribute the drugs drugs, according to ICE.

Domingue faces 10 years to life in prison and a $10 million fine.

Operation Blue Shame has led to the arrests and prosecution of at least seven law enforcement officers and 20 individuals.

Federal Task Force Fatally Shoots Man Accused of Killing Trump Supporter in Portland

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

A man accused of fatally shooting a President Trump supporter in Portland was killed Thursday as a federal task force tried to arrest him.

Federal investigators were moving in to arrest Michael Reinoehl, 48, when officials say he pulled a gun on the U.S. Marshals Service fugitive task force, The Associated Press reports.

Law enforcement then shot Reinoehl, who was the suspect in the fatal shooting of 39-year-0ld Aaron “Jay” Danielson, a supporter of the right wing group Patriot Prayer.

Reinoehl was shot at roughly the same time that Trump expressed impatience that the suspect was still at large.

On Thursday night, Trump expressed impatience with law enforcement.

“Why aren’t the Portland Police ARRESTING the cold blooded killer of Aaron “Jay” Danielson. Do your job, and do it fast. Everybody knows who this thug is. No wonder Portland is going to hell!” Trump tweeted.

In a social media post, Reinoehl described himself as “100% ANTIFA.”

Former FBI Agent May Have Jeopardized Child Predator Cases

Photo via FBI

Photo via FBI

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former FBI agent’s conviction in connection with sharing confidential information with a married woman with whom he was having an affair may have jeopardized as many as three child predator cases.

While heading the now-disbanded joint local-federal Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force in northwest Georgia, Ken Hillman allowed Angela Russell and her then-husband Emerson Russell take part in the arrests of suspects, AJC.com reports

In addition, Hillman let Angela Russell past as an underage girl in internet chats during a sting on sexual predators.

Now one to three of the cases that arose from the sting may have been jeopardized because of the Russell’s involvement. The suspects are accused of meeting children for sex in northwest Georgia. 

DA: FBI Agent, Boston Cop Justified in Shooting Terror Suspect

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI agent and Boston police officer were justified in using deadly force against a man suspected in a terror plot.

Members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force shot Usaamah Rahim, 26, on June 2, 2015, after they say he lunged at them with a knife, NBC4 reports.

The task force approached him about recorded phone conversations when he tried to attack the members.

“The evidence proved beyond a reasonable doubt that Mr. Rahim was armed with a large, military-style knife and posed the threat of death or serious bodily injury to the task force officers,” Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley said at a Wednesday afternoon media briefing. “Their use of deadly force was a lawful exercise of self defense and defense of others.”

Rahim was accused of plotting to behead conservative blogger Pamela Geller for organizing a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas. But investigators said he and co-conspirators chose instead to plot an attack on police officers.

Former DEA Task Force Officer Found Guilty of Conspiring to Steal 15 Kilograms of Cocaine

Cocaine-jpgBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A jury found guilty a former DEA task force officer who conspired to steal nearly 15 kilograms of cocaine before staging a seizure to conceal the theft, MySA.com reports.

Hector “Jojo” Mendez, 46, was convicted after a jury deliberated for just three hours Thursday.

According to prosecutors, Mendez and a government informant agreed to cut the cocaine and then repackage it for a staged seizure.

During the trial, witnesses and federal prosecutor said he concealed information about the DEA seizure and lied to judges in sworn court filings.

He faces between 10 years and life in prison when he is sentenced in late September.

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Former FBI Agent Pleads Guilty to Stealing Cash Seized During Drug Investigations

fbigunbadgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former FBI accused of stealing more than $126,000 in cash seized during drug investigations pleaded guilty Monday.

The Los Angeles Times reports that former special agent Scott M. Bowman admitted he stole cash to fund a lavish lifestyle that included plastic surgery and cars.

Bowman, 45, pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice, falsification of records, conversion of property by a federal employee and witness tampering.

“As Mr. Bowman takes responsibility for his actions by pleading guilty, the public should be reminded that FBI personnel are held to the highest standards and misconduct of any kind is taken very seriously,” said James Struyk, acting assistant director in charge of the FBI’s field office in Los Angeles.

Bowman was an FBI agent since 2005 and was a member of an anti-gang task force in San Bernardino and Riverside counties.

Deputy Shot Five Times During DEA Raid in New Orleans

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s deputy was shot five times during a series of raids around Orleans Parish led by the DEA on Tuesday morning, the Times-Picayune reports. 

The seven-month investigation, dubbed “Operation Wild Wild East,” was carried out to capture suspects tied to drug-related violence.

Deputy Stephen Arnold was in critical condition late Tuesday morning.

Authorities arrested the shooting suspect, Jarvis Hardy, 26, who is expected to be charged with attempted first-degree murder and other drug violations.

The deputy was part of a 12-officer multi-jurisdictional DEA task force that was executing search warrants around Orleans Parish.