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Archive for March 19th, 2015

Video Shows Border Patrol Agent’s Questionable Handling of Motorist

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A video has surfaced showing a Border Patrol agent potentially mishandling a driver who refused to say where he was going and declined a search.

“What is your reasonable suspicion?” asked Rick Herbert, who was in the car with his 4-year-old son.

The agent grabbed Herbet by the arm.

“Hey, dude, stop, I got to unbuckle my seatbelt first,” Herbert told him. “You’re being recorded, just so you know.”

Herbert was shoved against the window of the back seat, handcuffing him in front of his child.

Do you think the agent crossed the line?

FBI Special Agent Fired Amid Allegations of Stealing Cash While on Drug Task Force

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A special agent for the FBI has been fired and is under investigation for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars while working on a drug task force in Riverside, Calif., ABC7 reports. 

Scott Bowman, who joined the bureau in 2005, was escorted out of FBI headquarters in early February and fired. He had transferred to D.C. after being on the task force.

He is now the subject of a criminal investigation. Bowman most recently was a supervisory special agent at Washington D.C. headquarters after working out of the Los Angeles field office.

Now questions have been raised about Bowman’s handling of criminal cases, and about 75 current and former defendants in drug cases have received a letter from the government about Bowman’s termination.

The Justice Department’s Public Integrity Section and the Office of the Inspector General is investigating.

“The alleged misconduct was brought to our attention late last year,” said David Bowdich, Assistant Director In Charge of the Los Angeles Field Office. “As soon as we learned of that, we gathered some initial facts and we immediately turned this over to the Inspector General’s Office under D.O.J.”

The letter adds: approximately $15,582 in funds under Bowman’s control and possession that were seized during state search warrants executed on June 14, 2014 and June 25, 2014 in United States V. Miller, ED CR 14-89-JGB, are missing and Bowman has not provided any plausible explanation for the missing funds.”

Details of FBI’s Closely Guarded ‘Stingray’ May Soon Become Public

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI directed a local police department to drop criminal charges against a suspect in 2012 to avoid the public finding out about a secret device to track people, CNN reports.

The device, called the “Stringray,” allows investigators to find suspects by tracking their cell phones. The technology mimics a cell phone tower, tricking the phone into switching over to the “Stringray” while investigators access the location.

Judge Patrick H. NeMoyer in Buffalo, NY, has indicated he wants the FBI to turn over details of the secret technology that the bureau was using with Erie Police in Pennsylvania.

According to CNN, police used the device to track several criminal suspects, four missing people and a suicidal person.

But the judge believes the public has a right to know more details of the technology.

Wisconsin May Hire 5 Justice Department staffers to Investigate Cop-Involved Shootings

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The national outcry over cop-involved shootings may mean more accountability in Wisconsin.

Gov. Scott Walker said he may change his mind and include in the budget enough money to hire five state Justice Department staffers to investigate the officer-involved deaths, the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel reports.

“If DOJ feels as though additional funding is necessary to address these cases, we are willing to work with them and the state Legislature to ensure adequate funding,” Walker spokeswoman Laurel Patrick said in an email.

One of the most recent officer-involved shootings occurred March 6 in Madison, where Tony Robinson was fatally shot by a white cop, prompting large protests.

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