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Chicago’s Departing Internal Watchdog Turned Over Records to FBI

Seal_of_Chicago,_IllinoisBy Steve Neavling

Another city hall scandal in Chicago?

The FBI last week picked up the computers and files of departing Legislative Inspector General Faisal Kahn.

Kahn, who served as the council’s internal watchdog, forwarded complaints that are “criminal in nature” to outside agencies, including the FBI, the Chicago Tribune reports. 

Kahn would not elaborate.

“I don’t know if and when these cases will result in charges,” Khan said. “I simply would like to see them resolved appropriately, and then the public can see what exactly the (office of legislative inspector general) worked on and what the results of those investigations are.”

Kahn’s four-year term ended Monday, and the council has yet to replace him.

It remained unclear Tuesday what the subject of the investigation was.

President Obama Addresses The International Association of Chiefs of Police in Chicago

FBI Director James Comey: A Chill Wind Has Blown Through Law Enforcement Over the Last Year

FBI Director James Comey in Chicago

FBI Director James Comey in Chicago

By Allan Lengel

CHICAGO —  Reality or hunch?

FBI director James Comey, echoing remarks he made a few days ago at the University of Chicago Law School, said Monday he thinks violent crime is on the rise this year, at least in part, because officers are being increasingly scrutinized and are more reluctant to do their jobs in a world where a misstep can be seen on video around the world.

“Maybe something has changed in policing. In today’s YouTube world, are officers reluctant to get out of their cars and and do the work that controls violent crime?,” Comey asked, delivering a speech before thousands in attendance at the International Association of Police Chiefs in Chicago. “Are officers answering 911 calls, but avoiding the informal contact that keeps bad guys with guns from standing around?

“I spoke to officers in one big city…who described being surrounded by young people with mobile phones, video cameras rolling, as they step out of the car, taunting them, asking what they want and and why they’re there.  They described a feeling of being under siege and were honest and said ‘we don’t feel much like getting out of our cars.'”

“I’ve been told about a senior police leader who told his force, our political leadership has zero tolerance for you all being connected to another viral video.  The question is are these kinds of things changing police behavior in cities around the country?”

“The honest answer is, I don’t know for sure whether that’s the case,  I don’t know for sure whether even it is the case that it explains it entirely.   But I do have a a strong sense that some part of what’s going on is likely a chill wind that has blown through law enforcement over the last year. That wind is made up of a whole series of viral videos and the public outcry to follow them.  And that wind is surely changing behavior my common sense tells me.”

Comey also expressed the concern that the divide between the black community and law enforcement is getting wider.

“The challenges are complicated, layered, and painful to be honest. I imagine two lines. There’s a line of law enforcement and there’s the line of communities we serve, especially communities of color in the hardest hit neighborhoods in this great country of ours,” Comey said.

“And I actually feel those two lines arching apart. Each incident that involves perceived or actual misconduct by police  that’s captured on video and spreads around the world bends this line this way. Each incident that involves an attack on a member of law enforcement bends our line that way. I have seen those lines arching apart in a lot of different ways. I actually see an example..of that arching through hashtags. Through the# blacklivesmatter and the #policelivesmatter.

“Of course each of those hashtags and what they represent adds a voice to an important conversation,” he said. “Each time somebody interprets  #blacklivesmater as anti-law enforcement one line moves away.  And each time that someone interprets #policelivesmatter as anti-black , another line moves away. I actually feel the lines continuing to arch away, may be accelerating, incident by incident, video by video, hashtag by hashtag, and that’s a terrible place for us to be.

He said the black community and law enforcement need to demand answers.  And academics need to hit it hard and examine the issues.



Chicago’s New FBI Boss Brings Plenty of Experience Cracking Down on Public Corruption

Anderson, Mike

Michael Anderson

By Steve Neavling

Few people in the FBI have the experience cracking down on public corruption quite like Michael Anderson.

Anderson, the new boss of Chicago’s FBI office, has written the bureau’s Public Corruption manual and led investigations into former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin and lobbyist Jack Abramoff, the Chicago Tribune reports. 

In mid-October, the 48-year-old will become special agent in chafe of the Chicago FBI after three years at the helm of the bureau’s New Orleans division.

Anderson’s career with the FBI began in 1995 in Miami, where he began investigating public corruption. He moved on to Washington in 2001, also helping investigate public corruption.

In 2006, Anderson led the Public Corruption Unit at FBI headquarters.

2 Suspects Shot in ATF-Chicago Police Operation Involving Illegal Weapons

ATF LogoBy Steve Neavling

Two suspects were shot Monday night when the ATF and Chicago police were conducting an operation involving illegal firearms.

The weapons raid occurred around 5 p.m. in Chicago Heights, CBS reports. 

Authorities said at least one law enforcement agent opened fire after a suspect pointed a gun at the investigators.

Officials don’t believe the injuries were life-threatening.

No law enforcement officials were injured.

A third suspect was arrested, and the trio is expected to be criminally charged in federal court.

Stories of Other Interest

FBI Linked Chicago Home to Massive Leak of Nude Celebrity Photos

By Steve Neavling

The FBI has linked an unassuming brick home in Chicago to nearly 600 hacked personal data-storage accounts, many of them belonging to celebrities, the Associated Press reports.

Some of the photos contained nude images of female stars.

According to recently unsealed court documents, the FBI seized computers and cellphones from the home in October but has not filed charges.

The affidavit states that investigators suspected a computer was used at the home to access Apple iCloud accounts of celebrities.

No one answered the door for an AP reporter.

FBI Investigates Death of Black Teen Shot 16 Times by Chicago Cop

By Steve Neavling

The FBI is investigating the October 2014 fatal shooting of a black teenager in Chicago.

The Chicago Tribune reports that the bureau opened an investigation into the death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, who was shot by on officer 16 times.

The FBI is leading the criminal probe with the help of the state’s attorney’s office and the Independent Police Review Authority.

Chicago is expected to reach a $5 million settlement over McDonald’s death.

The officer who fired the shots said he was in fear of his life.

Other officers, who were investigating McDonald for allegedly breaking into cars, never pulled a trigger and trailed McDonald until another cop opened fire.

FBI Agents in Hazmat Suits Raid Chicago-Area Businesses in Body Parts Probe

By Steve Neavling 

FBI agents raided a crematorium and office building in suburban Chicago as part of what appears to be an investigation into the illegal sale and trafficking of human body parts, FOX 32 reports.

Agents cordoned off the areas with yellow tape while some of them donned hazmat suits.

The FBI declined to comment other than to say there is an investigation.

Detroit’s FBI office is leading the case after raiding the business of a former University of Michigan professor accused of being involved in the illegal trade of body parts. That case is linked to other across the country.