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Archive for February 13th, 2019

Former FBI Agents Association Applauds New Bill That Will Ease Restrictions on Concealed Weapons for Law Enforcement

Ed Burke

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
 
The Society of Former Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation is applauding members of Congress who will introduce legislation Wednesday that eases restrictions on carrying a concealed weapon for current and retired law enforcement officers.

The proposed legislation would expand the locations where retired law enforcement officers can carry a concealed firearm while standardizing magazine requirements, reforming qualification standards and allowing qualified officers to carry on private and state property otherwise open to the public.

“The enactment of this proposed legislation will better allow our members and other retired law enforcement officers to provide additional safety throughout the country,” said Ed Burke, National President of the Society of Former Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, in a statement.  “The enactment of this proposed legislation will better allow our members and other retired law enforcement officers to provide additional safety throughout the country.”

DEA Agent Accused of Tapping Sheriff’s Deputy on the Head During DUI Stop

Agent taps the sheriff’s deputy on the head.

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A DEA undercover agent in Florida is accused of tapping a Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy on the head during a DUI stop last December, the Palm Beach Post reports.

The agent apparently became frustrated during a field sobriety test.

“You’re under arrest for DUI,” PBSO deputy Patrick Zeitz said. Then, “You’re lucky I’m not charging you with something stupid like Batt-Leo.”  Batt-Leo is battery on a law-enforcement officer, a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison, the paper explains.

“You, as somebody who does this profession, should know better,” Zeitz said.

“You’re right,” Brendan D’Arcangelo said. “You’re right, bro.”

The DEA has refused to say whether he is still employed at the agency.

He faces four counts of DUI with damage to property or a person, first-degree misdemeanors each punishable by up to a year in jail. A plea conference is set for April 5.

The paper reports that D’Arcangelo’s pickup slammed into two vehicles stopped at a red light. No one was seriously injured.

ATF Trying to Catch Up With Backlog of Gun Licenses Due to Government Shutdown

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The longest government shutdown in U.S. history has left its mark — and not in a good way.

ATF, which is responsible for approving Federal Firearms Licenses for gun dealers, finds itself with a huge backlog to process, station KERA reports.

ATF spokeswoman April Langwell tells the station it’s hard to pin down how many pending licenses would have been resolved during the 35-day shutdown, but in a typical month, ATF receives roughly 1,000 new dealer license applications and roughly 30,000 National Firearms Act licenses.

Eric B. Smith, Native of Ohio, to Head Up Cleveland FBI

Eric B. Smith

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Eric B. Smith, a native of Ohio, has been named head of the Cleveland FBI.

Smith, 49, a native of the London, Ohio, joined the FBI in 1999 and was first assigned to the Wichita Resident Agency, Kansas City Field Office, where he worked violent crime, counterterrorism and counterintelligence.

In 2005, he transferred to the Counterterrorism Division at FBI Headquarters. Three years later, he became a supervisor for the Cleveland Field Office’s counterterrorism squad and Joint Terrorism Task Force, according to an FBI press release.  Two years later, he became the FBI’s senior representative to a counterterrorism task force headquartered in Fort Bragg, N.C.

Smith returned to the Cleveland Field Office in 2013, where he was named assistant special agent in charge over counterterrorism and cyber matters and the resident agencies.

In 2015, he took on the role of  chief of staff to the FBI deputy director. He later became special assistant to the Director in 2016.

 

Trump Disses FBI Data As He Tries to Sell People on The Wall

President Trump in El Paso.

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

President Donald Trump has a history of dismissing intelligence and data from his intelligence and law enforcement agencies.

The latest example came Monday night during a rally in El Paso, Texas.

Trump, in his speech, asked supporters to disregard FBI data showing that a border fence didn’t make El Paso safer, and instead believe his assertion that a fence along the southern border was responsible for a dramatic decrease in violent crime in the city, Vox news writes. 

“I spoke to people who have been here a long time,” Trump said, contrasting anecdotes with actual crime date. “They said when the wall went up — it’s a whole different ballgame. Is that a correct statement? Whole different ballgame.”