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Archive for April 26th, 2016

FBI Agent Remains Hospitalized After Kansas Motel Shootout

fbigunbadgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI agent who was injured during a weekend shootout in a Kansas motel was still in the hospital Monday.

Two deputy marshals also were shot and have been treated and released after the Saturday night shootout, the Associated Press reports. 

The FBI agent was in good condition Monday.

The shootout happened after a fugitive task force attempted to arrest 28-year-old robbery suspect Orlando Collins. The federal officials were shot at, and a fire erupted inside the motel.

Investigators are still trying to identify the body found inside the suspect’s room, which was gutted by a fire.

Federal Government Seeks Public Input on New FBI Headquarters

FBI's headquarters is called the J. Edgar Hoover Building.

FBI’s headquarters is called the J. Edgar Hoover Building.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

How should the FBI redevelop it new headquarters?

The National Capital Planning Commission is hosting two public meetings this week determine the best course of action, the Associated Press reports. 

The FBI plan to leave the J. Edgar Hoover Building and move to a new location in either Virginia or Maryland.

The first meeting is tonight.

Authorities are seeking guidance on the design, size and land use.

Justice Department Wants Sheriff Gusman to Stop Operating Troubled Jail

Orleans Parish Jail.

Orleans Parish Jail.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department has asked a federal judge to remove New Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman’s authority to operate the jail after failing to comply with a 2013 consent decree, the Times-Picayune reports. 

The group of inmates who sued over the jail’s condition also is asking a judge to remove Gusman’s authority to run the jail.

Saying violence is still widespread and underreported in the jail, attorneys for the Justice Department and the plaintiff want the court to hand control over to another, unspecified entity.

“Urgent and extraordinary action is required of this Court to address the immediate risk of harm and death to the men, women and youth in the Jail,” the motion says.

Gusmam is not behind the plan and said he plans to “aggressively defend” the progress he has made.

“We recognize there is more work to be done but will not allow this move by the Plaintiffs to undermine the accomplishments and sacrifices of the hard working deputies and staff at the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office,” the statement says. 

AG Loretta Lynch Wants Newly Released Inmates to Be Issued ID Cards

Attorney General Loretta Lynch

Attorney General Loretta Lynch

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

In an effort to make transition from jail to freedom easier for convicts, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch is urging governors to provide parolees with state identification cards.

The announcement is part of the nation’s first National Reentry Week, which began Sunday, the Christian Science Monitor reports. 

“National Reentry Week highlights the many ways that the Department of Justice – and the entire Obama Administration – is working to tear down the barriers that stand between returning citizens and a meaningful second chance – leading to brighter futures, stronger communities, and a more just and equal nation for all.”

The move is part of a bigger push for justice reform intended to make it easier for convicts to land jobs and thus stay out of trouble.

Experts to Homeland Security: Don’t Use Color-Coded Terror Threat Index

Jeh Johnson

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

After Homeland Security stopped issuing its color-coded terror threat index five years ago, the agency has struggled to find a better way to alert the public.

In 2014, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson proposed a new system of reds, yellows and greens.

But the Institute of Defense Analysis, which was hired to review the new system, said the colors were a “disaster” for communicating terror threats, the Associated Press reports. 

“DHS should learn from its own history and avoid repeating this error,” the consultants said in its 53-page report.

The chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee also scoffed at the color codes.

“DHS spent $90,000 on a question we already know the answer to,” said Sen. Ron Johnson, a Wisconsin Republican who has introduced a bill for border metrics. “Measuring the security across our borders is complex and requires sophisticated and consistent metrics — not a series of colors.”

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