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Archive for February 12th, 2015

Comey to Become First FBI Director to Speak Publicly About Race at Length

FBI Director James Comey

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

No FBI director has spoken publicly and at length about the issue of race.

Until today.

FBI Director James B. Comey plans to discuss the strained relationship between police officers and African Americans at a speech at Georgetown University, the New York Times reports.

Comey is expected to discuss how well-intended law enforcement can unconsciously discriminate against black people by more closely scrutinizing them.

The decision to address race shows that Comey is beginning “to show how he’s a much different F.B.I. director than the previous ones,” said Chuck Wexler, the executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum.

“Not to take anything away from the previous directors, but it was almost as though they thought, ‘This is something we shouldn’t weigh into.’ The F.B.I. director is looked upon by police chiefs who have been talking about this issue for years as a very important person, but they haven’t used their position as a bully pulpit to underscore how important civil rights and race is in policing.”

FBI Billboards in Connecticut Urge Motorists to ‘Report Corruption Now!’

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Billboards have helped the FBI capture bank robbers, rapists and murderers.

So why not corrupt politicians?

The ctpost.com reports that the FBI has posted billboards in scandal-plagued cities in Connecticut, like Bridgeport, Waterbury and Hartford, to encourage residents to “Report corruption now!”

The FBI said the billboards were posted because advertising company Lamar provided them at no cost.

“The billboards are run as space is available in the company’s pre-sold rotation,” FBI spokesman Marybeth Miklos said.

Miklos added that the locations of the billboards were decided by the company.

“There really was no methodology to the sites,” Miklos said. “We asked for any space available and those were the (billboards) given to us.”

 

Undocumented Immigrant Paid Nearly $500,000 After Being Shot by Border Patrol Agent

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. government was ordered to pay nearly $500,000 to an undocumented immigrant from Mexico who was shot by a Border Patrol agent on Nov. 16, 2010, the USA Today reports.

U.S. District Court Justice James Soto said the agent’s “use of force was not justified” because the plaintiff, Castro Romo, “was not in the motion of throwing a rock at Canales.”

“Put more bluntly,” the judge wrote, “a rock is not as deadly an object as a gun and requires a greater degree of certainty that the object will be used than the threat or perceived threat of a gun.”

It’s not yet clear how the ruling will impact Border Patrol agents, who killed at least nine people for allegedly throwing rocks since 2010.

“The court has put some strength into the idea that you can’t just say ‘he had a rock in his hand so it was justified,’ which was their successful default defense for many shooting deaths,” said Texas attorney Bob Hilliard, who is representing families in three wrongful-death cases against Border Patrol agents who shot alleged rock throwers. “He’s saying you have a professional duty to exercise reasonable care. … It still gives Border Patrol agents the power to defend themselves, and it gives Mexican nationals under arrest their constitutional protections.”

 

Iowa Couple Accused of Torturing, Forcing Woman into Prostitution, Are Charged

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An Iowa couple accused of torturing a 20-year-old woman and forcing her into prostitution was charged this week with sex trafficking and torture, Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.

Charges in U.S. District Court allege Aldair Hodza, 36, and Laura E. Sorensen, 31, abducted the woman before subjecting her to sexual abuse, starvation and burning.

“She was forced to engage in prostitution in order to earn money for Sorensen and Hodza to use for food and gas on the trip,” according to federal documents.

The couple is accused of forcing the woman on a cross-country trip aboard a 37-foot Sun Voyager recreational vehicle.

The nightmare ended in New Kent County in Virginia on Jan. 6, when a truck alerted police to the woman inside the recreational vehicle.

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