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FBI Warned Chicago Police of Plans by Gang Members to Ambush Officers

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A reliable informant warned the FBI of plans to ambush officers in retaliation for the death of Laquan McDonald, who was shot by police.

The Chicago Tribune reports the FBI alerted the Chicago Police Department that officers may be shot with the release of the video of the shooting.

“Violent rhetoric is high,” the FBI wrote in a Nov. 24 email to the Chicago police. “Due to the recent media spotlight on officer-involved deaths of minorities, there is a lot of anger in the neighborhood served by the Chicago Police Department.”

No attacks occurred.

The informant said gang members planned to ambush police outside of the 14h District headquarters on Chicago’s Wet Side.

“In addition to being unarmed and unprotected, these employees will likely be in either small groups or by themselves, which would make them targets of opportunity,” the FBI said. “(Confidential human source) states that shooters may lie-in-wait, and then conduct an ambush.”

FBI Reveals Video of Ex-Charlotte Mayor Soliciting, Accepting Bribes

Screenshot of video of  former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon.

Screenshot of video of former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI released video that shows former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon soliciting and accepting bribes from agents masquerading as real estate developers.

The videos were key evidence in his arrest, conviction and 44-month prison sentence for accepting more than $50,000 from an undercover agent and a Charlotte businessman, the Charlotte Observer reports. 

“I felt sick when it happened,” said former Mayor Richard Vinroot. “I felt sick again when I saw something I have never seen, and never imagined would ever happen in this good city,” he said. “It’s funny, you read about it – and the documents read so graphically. But now you see it, and it’s almost like a movie – somebody you know, doing something so terrible, so despicable while holding the highest office in the city.”

The FBI released eight videotapes and three audio recordings, which is uncharacteristic.

“The feds don’t release evidence,” said Charlotte defense attorney Claire Rauscher. “Once it was out in the public domain, I don’t think they had much of a choice.”

FBI Releases Full Video of Shooting Death of Oregon Protester

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI released a video of the fatal shooting of one of the armed protesters who took over a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon.

Robert “LaVoy Finicum, 56, was killed during a clash with police during a traffic stop that led to the arrest of five others.

“I want to caution you that the video does show the shooting death of LaVoy Finicum,” said Greg Bretzing, the special agent in charge of the FBI field office in Portland. “We realize that viewing that piece of the video will be upsetting to some people, but we feel that it is necessary to show the whole thing unedited in the interest of transparency.”

Some protesters remain at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

Border Patrol Agents Won’t Be Charged in Tasing Incident Caught on Video

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two Border Patrol agents who were accused of excessive force when one of them tased a college student during a traffic stop last year won’t face criminal charges, North Country Public Radio reports.

After reviewing the case, the CBP has decided against filing charges, a spokesperson for the agency said.

The incident was captured on video taken by the alleged victim, Jessica Cooke, who wouldn’t allow agents to search her trunk.

The woman was tackled by one of the agents after she began shouting.

Agents found nothing in the car of Cooke, who said she was held and released after several hours that left her bruised.

The agents, who have not been identified, remain on active duty.

Other Stories of Interest

Video: Homeland Security Chief Attempts to Alleviate Fears of Screening Process for Refugees

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson released a video that explains the screening process for refugees in an attempt to quell fears stoked by Republicans.

“I understand the anxiety that many Americans are feeling right now,” wrote Sec. Johnson in an email introducing the video. “And as Secretary of Homeland Security, I share with President Obama the top priority of keeping the American people safe. So let me be clear about what this process of vetting and resettling refugees looks like.

“It’s important to remember, we’re focused on admitting the most vulnerable Syrians — this means mostly women, children and families. Second, anyone who applies for and is approved for refugee status in the United States, including Syrians, must first go through a rigorous security screening process.”

FBI Issues Alert about Gun-Toting Phoenix Man En Route to Confront Muslim Group

Jon Ritzheimer, via Facebook.

Jon Ritzheimer, via Facebook.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has taken the unusual step of warning New York law enforcement about an anti-Muslim protester who has driven from Arizona to the east coast to confront a group of Muslims, the New York Daily News reports.

Jon Ritzheimer, 32, of Phoenix, posted a video on Nov. 18 with a gun, saying he was going to confront the Muslims.

The FBI was in contact with the former Marine until he became angry and shut off communication while in Scranton, Pa.

Investigators believe he is en route to Hancock, N.Y., where the Muslims of America is located.

White House Disagrees with FBI Director That Increased Police Scrutiny Causing Spike in Crimes

crime sceneBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The White House disagreed with FBI Director James Comey’s assertion that increased police scrutiny may have led to a rise in violent crimes in some cities, the New York Times reports. 

“The evidence we have seen so far doesn’t support the contention that law enforcement officials are shirking their responsibilities,” the White House press secretary, Josh Earnest, said in response to a question about Mr. Comey at his daily briefing. “In fact, you hear law enforcement leaders across the country indicating that that’s not what’s taking place.”

On Friday, Comey said officers are more reluctant to address problems directly with people on the street because of fears that their actions would be caught on video.

Comey said law enforcement leaders told him this was the case.

“I spoke to officers privately in one big city precinct who described being surrounded by young people with mobile phone cameras held high, taunting them the moment they get out of their cars,” Mr. Comey said. “They told me, ‘We feel like we’re under siege and we don’t feel much like getting out of our cars.’ ”

1975 Video Shows How Extensively FBI Investigated Black Culture in 1960s

A 1975 video shows how extensively the FBI investigated African Americans in the 1960s.

The video features an interview with Darthard Perry, a former FBI agent, who said the bureau examined every aspect of black culture, from music to books.

“To understand the people, you have to understand culture,” Perry said in the video.