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FBI Director Wray Suggests Creating New Policy on Body Cams for Federal Task Forces

FBI Director Christopher Wray in Atlanta. Photo via FBI.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

FBI Director Christopher Wray suggested the federal government will try to reverse the Justice Department’s policy that bars federal agents and local officers from wearing body cams during joint investigations.

Wray, who was speaking at the International Association of Chiefs Police conference in Chicago, said any new policy must ensure that body cams don’t reseal sensitive information or the identities of informants, the Associated Press reports.

The DOJ’s policy on body cams prompted Atlanta’s police chief to remove city police officers from federal task forces.

Wray said he’s committed to preserving the strong relationship between the FBI and local law enforcement.

“We want to make sure that we find some middle ground that we’re all comfortable with,” Wray said. “The good news is we’re talking about it. We’re getting it all out on the table, and I’m actually confident we are going to find a way forward here.”

Group of Armed Men Tried to Rob a DEA Agent. It Didn’t Go Well

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

A group of armed men chose the wrong person to mug.

An undercover DEA agent was in a residential area of northeast Atlanta investigating drug trafficking Tuesday when the armed men approached the agent and tried to mug him.

Nearby agents responded and exchanged fire with the muggers. One suspect was shot and taken to the hospital, Chad W. Cook, associate special agent in charge of the DEA in Atlanta, said told reporters.

“Other agents on the scene attempted to intervene and shots were exchanged between the assailants and the agents,” Cook said.

Three suspects were arrested, and they are being charged in federal court. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is leading the probe.

No federal agents were injured.

169 People Arrested in FBI Operation Targeting Sex-Trafficking Before Super Bowl in Atlanta

Credit: Deposit Photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

There was more than potential terrorist threats on the mind of the FBI involving Super Bowel LIII in Atlanta.

The FBI said Tuesday that 169 people were arrested in an operation targeting the threat of sex trafficking leading up to the big event.

A press release said an 11-day sting, starting Jan. 23, resulted in the arrest of 26 alleged traffickers, 34 people accused of trying to engage in sex acts with minors, nine alleged juvenile sex-trafficking victims and nine more alleged adult victims, Fox News reports. 

“The operation’s goal was to raise awareness about sex trafficking by proactively addressing that threat during the Super Bowl and events leading up to the Super Bowl,” the press release read. “Sex trafficking is not just a problem during large-scale events, it is a 365-day-a-year problem in communities all across the country.”

FBI Agent Recovering After Being Shot While Serving Warrant in Atlanta

Avery Richard was killed by an FBI agent.

Avery Richard was killed by an FBI agent.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI agent is recovering after being shot while trying to serve a warrant in Atlanta on Friday.

The agent was shot while trying to serve an arrest warrant on a 32-year-old man accused of shooting a sheriff’s deputy at an outlet mall.

Avery Richard, who had been on the run for two days, was killed by FBI agents, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.

The agent suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to a hospital.

Also shot was a 32-year-old woman who was with the suspect. She also had non-life-threatening injuries.

During a two-day crime spree, Richard is accused of armed robbery, stealing a car, kidnapping a woman and shooting a sheriff’s deputy, who was saved by his bulletproof vest.

FBI Arrests Accused Gangster Disciples Leader in Louisiana

Shauntay Lamar Craig

Shauntay Lamar Craig, via FBI

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An alleged leader of the Gangster Disciples was captured by the FBI and other law enforcement Sunday and is expected to be extradited to Atlanta to be charged with federal racketeering charges.

Shauntay Lamar Craig, 38, was arrested in Marrero, Louisiana, The Times-Picayune reports.

Authorities said Craig was a “board member” within the Gangster Disciples, who “are believed to be responsible for numerous murders and robberies, and are alleged to have engaged in extortion plots and drug/narcotics trafficking throughout the United States.”

Craig was indicted in April by a federal grand jury, along with 49 other suspected gang members, under the Racketeer Influenced and Corruption Organizations Act.

Craig was the only suspect to escape arrest at the time.

Homeland Security Secretary: Stop ‘Vilifying Muslims’ and Keep Focus on Terrorists

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson spoke out against disparaging American Muslims, saying the focus is on radicals who are attempting to recruit would-be terrorists, Atlanta Journal Constitution reports. 

“Vilifying Muslim communities in this country is frankly contrary to our homeland security interests,” Johnson, a Morehouse College alum, told the Rotary Club of Atlanta at the Loudermilk Center. “Building bridges to these communities — encouraging them to work with us — is vital.”

Johnson, who in the past has criticized Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for his anti-Muslim messages, didn’t mention anyone specific in the speech.

Johnson said he’s communicating with Muslims across the country.

“We are working with the tech sector,” he said, “to help Muslim communities build the message that counters the targeting and the efforts of the Islamic State.”

FBI to Set Up New Office in Atlanta As Part of Lease Deal in 2017

fbi logo largeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is getting a new field office in Atlanta.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution report that a developer has been tapped to build a 151,000-square-foot building beginning in 2016 and lease it to the bureau at a yet-to-be disclosed location.

The building is expected to be open in 2017

The newspaper was unable to get detailed information.

“Our team is thrilled to be awarded this monumental lease,” FD Stonewater executive Claiborne Williams said in the release. “GSA and FBI are going to be great partners in this endeavor and we are truly excited about the opportunity to deliver a new field office which will meet FBI’s mission for the next 20 years and beyond.”

The bureau’s office is currently housed in Century Center office park in DeKalb County.

Obama Administration Plans to Nominate Sally Quillian Yates As Deputy AG

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Sally Quillian Yates, a U.S. attorney from Georgia, is expected to be the Obama administration’s choice for deputy attorney general, the Washington Post reports, citing U.S. officials.

The deputy attorney general position is the second-highest-ranking post in the Justice Department and is in charge of day-to-day operations.

When Yates became the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia in 2010, she became the first woman to serve in that position.

If all goes as planned, Yates would replace outgoing Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole, who is leaving the post in January for a job in the private sector.