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Archive for February 21st, 2014

Weekend Series on Crime: The Pablo Escobar Story

FBI Investigates Texas Sheriff’s Department After Teen Severely Injured by Deputy’s Stun Gun

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating a Texas sheriff’s department after a deputy used a stun gun and severely injured a 17-year-old, the Houston Chronicle reports.

The investigation involves two Bastrop County Sheriff’s deputies, one of whom is accused of using the stun gun and the other is accused of misusing power.

“The FBI has reviewed the material, and we are opening an official investigation,” FBI spokeswoman Michelle Lee said.

After being shocked in November, the teen hit his head on the floor at Cedar Creek High School and was in a medically induced coma for nearly two months.

ATF Comes Under Investigation for Handling of Undercover Storefront Stings in 4 Cities

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The ATF is under fire for botched storefront stings and other undercover operations across the country.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Inspector General Michael Horowitz opened an investigation into storefront stings in Milwaukee, Pensacola, St. Louis and Wichita, Kan.

The agency is already under investigation for its handling of a controversial drug-running probe, Operation Fast and Furious

Horowitz said the investigation will “examine possible systemic deficiencies in ATF’s storefront operations policies, and evaluate the effectiveness of the Monitored Case Program as an oversight tool in these operations.”

One of the problems with Operation Fast and Furious, he said, was the lack of oversight.

Mexico Lashes Out Over Fatal Border Patrol Shooting at Border with California

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Mexican government is incensed over the latest fatal Border Patrol shooting of an undocumented migrant on the California-Mexico border.

CNN reports that Mexican authorities accused the agency of using excessive force against a Mexican national Jesus Flores Cruz, who was shot after an agent was hit with a rock.

The agent did not seek medical help.

At least 28 people have died in encounters with CBP since January 2010, according to CNN.

Some advocacy groups accuse agents of being too quick to use force.

 

D.C. Firefighter Threatens to Air Threats Over Fire Truck’s Loudspeaker near White House

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

This wasn’t your typical call to the White House.

The man on the phone was a Washington D.C. firefighter who was angry that investigators in Anne Arundel County were not reviewing death threats he had been receiving, myfoxdc.com reports.

“What do I have to do? Air those threats over the truck’s loudspeaker when I come onto the White House grounds?” the man asked on the White House comment line.

The veteran firefighter was placed on desk duty pending an investigation after White House officials expressed alarm.

The firefighter said he regrets making the call and did it out of frustration because no one was taking his report of threats seriously.

Retired ATF Agent Sues Feds for $10M Over Handling of Him Infiltrating Hell’s Angels

Jay Dobyns/his website

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A retired ATF agent who infiltrated the Hell’s Angels motorcycle gang is suing the federal agency for $10 million for failing to protect him, News 4 Tucson reports.

Jay Dobyns, an ATF agent for 27 years, was investigating Hell’s Angels between 2001 and 2003 as an undercover agent.

As a result, Dobyns has been subjected to threats from the motorcycle gang.

In the suit, Dobyns alleges the agency never investigated a suspicious fire that destroyed his Tucson home, which precipitated the lawsuit.

After closing arguments were made earlier this week, observers expect a judgment soon.

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