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Archive for December 20th, 2016

Honolulu Police Chief, Officers Are Under FBI Investigation in Corruption Case

Honolulu Police Department

Honolulu Police Department

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha has received a target letter from the FBI, informing him that he is under investigation as part of an ongoing public corruption case.

The chief will go on restricted duty, Hawaii News Now reports. 

The FBI also sent target letters to several other officers in the department.

The letters follow a guilty plea by former police officer Niall Silva, who admitted to lying under oath about a conspiracy to frame a relative of the police chief’s wife.

His wife, a high-ranking deputy city prosecutor, is accused of lying about her uncle stealing a mailbox.

Trump Departs from Tradition, Plans to Keep Private Security Team

Donald TrumpBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Although President-elect Donald Trump is protected by the Secret Service, he has opted to continue employing a private security and intelligence team at his victory rallies.

Politico reports that he is expected to retain some members of the team when he becomes president, a major departure from tradition. 

Politico wrote:

But Trump — who puts a premium on loyalty and has demonstrated great interest in having forceful security at his events — has opted to maintain an aggressive and unprecedented private security force, led by Keith Schiller, a retired New York City cop and Navy veteran who started working for Trump in 1999 as a part-time bodyguard, eventually rising to become his head of security.

Security officials warn that employing private security personnel heightens risks for the president-elect and his team, as well as for protesters, dozens of whom have alleged racial profiling, undue force or aggression at the hands of Trump’s security, with at least 10 joining a trio of lawsuits now pending against Trump, his campaign or its security.

“It’s playing with fire,” said Jonathan Wackrow, a former Secret Service agent who worked on President Barack Obama’s protective detail during his 2012 reelection campaign. Having a private security team working events with Secret Service “increases the Service’s liability, it creates greater confusion and it creates greater risk,” Wackrow said.

“You never want to commingle a police function with a private security function,” he said, adding, “If you talk to the guys on the detail and the guys who are running the rallies, that’s been a little bit difficult because it’s so abnormal.”

ATF Stays Mum on ‘Officer-Involved Death’ of Suspect in Milwaukee

ATF LogoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The ATF is keeping quiet about an “officer-involved death” of a suspect in Milwaukee last week.

“I apologize, I know it’s really confusing,” ATF media contact Ashlee Sherrill of the St. Paul field office told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “But we don’t want to compromise the investigation.” 

The Wisconsin Department of Justice is investigating the case.

The ATF was leading an operation Thursday that involved serving an arrest warrant on Bruce Young, who was accused of possessing illegal explosives. Young fled and was under pursuit when he shot himself, according to the Department of Justice. 

A video shows a law enforcement vehicle striking the running suspect before he fell to the ground.

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