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FBI Director Comey Tells Police How to Join Dialogue about Race

Director James B. Comey

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James Comey met privately with Connecticut police chiefs Tuesday and encouraged them to become a part of the dialogue about policing and race, the Associated Press reports.

Comey described the discussion as productive but declined to discuss specifics.

“As you would expect in the Nutmeg State, it was a thoughtful and rich conversation,” said Comey, who still considers Connecticut home after working in the past for Westport-based Bridgewater Associates.

It was Comey’s second visit to the New Haven field office since taking the helm nearly two years ago.

Comey said he is trying to make the FBI more diverse but the bureau has struggled to get  enough applicants.

“We’re in a good place in Connecticut,” Comey said. “It was mostly a positive discussion about how they perceive law enforcement relationships to have improved particularly under the leadership I now have and have had for two years here in Connecticut, and that’s a good thing.”

 

FBI Billboards in Connecticut Urge Motorists to ‘Report Corruption Now!’

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Billboards have helped the FBI capture bank robbers, rapists and murderers.

So why not corrupt politicians?

The ctpost.com reports that the FBI has posted billboards in scandal-plagued cities in Connecticut, like Bridgeport, Waterbury and Hartford, to encourage residents to “Report corruption now!”

The FBI said the billboards were posted because advertising company Lamar provided them at no cost.

“The billboards are run as space is available in the company’s pre-sold rotation,” FBI spokesman Marybeth Miklos said.

Miklos added that the locations of the billboards were decided by the company.

“There really was no methodology to the sites,” Miklos said. “We asked for any space available and those were the (billboards) given to us.”

 

Questions Linger a Year After Woman Fatally Shot by Secret Service in Washington D.C.

secret service photo

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A year after Secret Service agents fatally shot Mariam Carey in Washington D.C., many of the circumstances leading to her death remain a mystery, Gawker reports.

The 34-year-old dental hygienist from Connecticut made a U-turn at a White House checkpoint before she was gunned down by the Secret Service and Capitol police.

A chase began when she forced her way past a portable barrier. Some media reports indicate she never tried to ram through a barrier.

Her 1-year-old daughter was in the car with her.

The official claims are that Carey prompted a “high-speed chase,” but media estimates put her average speed at 19.5 mph.

What remains a mystery is how she ended up in a car chase. Family said she was a loving mother and carried a stable job.

Other Stories of Interest

FBI Agent in Connecticut Alleges Abuses, Mismanagement in Lawsuit Claiming Retaliation

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI agent in Connecticut claims in a lawsuit that he was retaliated against after complaining that he was passed over for a supervisory position, the New Haven Register reports.

Agent Kurt Siuzdak, a lawyer and 17-year veteran of the FBI, said the Connecticut office is dysfunctional and managed by fear.

Siuzdak said he was retaliated against with a baseless investigation after he launched the complaint.

His wife, Heather Clinton, told the Register that the lawsuit was a last resort.

“This is an organization that he believes in. It’s an organization that is very powerful. And he wants it to be better,” she said.

New Head of FBI’s Connecticut Office Pledges to Make Public Corruption Top Priority

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Patricia M. Ferrick, the new head of the FBI in Connecticut, said Wednesday that a top priority is cracking down on public corruption, the Associated Press reports.

“You have to look for corruption to find it,” Ferrick said Wednesday during an interview in her office with The Associated Press. “It doesn’t walk in the door. I made it pretty clear to my staff that is a priority for me.”

Connecticut has been beset with government scandals in the past.

One scandal involving former Gov. John G. Rowland and two mayors of large cities about a decade ago earned the state the nickname Corrupticut.

 

Public Corruption Expert Selected to Head FBI’s Connecticut Office

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Patricia Ferrick, who served as the FBI’s public corruption chief, was selected Monday to run the bureau’s Connecticut office, the Connecticut Post reports.

Ferrick, who began her career with the New York Police Department, is now in charge of about 100 agents in three offices.

Outgoing FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III made the announcement Monday.

Ferrick replaces Kimberly Mertz, who became deputy director of the bureau’s Critical Incident Response Group in Washington.

Gun Store That Sold Weapons Found at Scene of Newtown School Shooting Had Hundreds of Violations

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The Connecticut gun store that sold two guns at the scene of the Newtown elementary school massacre had more than 500 violations of federal firearms regulations, reports the Journal News of Westchester County.

Still, the ATF allowed the store to stay open without yanking the license until after the shooting, the Journal News wrote. 

That comes despite ATF allegations that the store was knowingly selling guns to felons, which is a federal crime.

ATF also found the store failed to properly keep records on gun sales and even entered the wrong serial numbers on some, according to the Journal News.

OTHER STORIES OF INTEREST

Retired FBI Official Michael Mason: Arming Teachers? Dumbest Idea Ever Proposed

Michael Mason is a retired Executive Assistant Director of the FBI.

Mike Mason/fbi photo

By Michael Mason
For ticklethewire.com
The recent mass shooting in Connecticut was an act of incomprehensible evil.

However, in the wake of this tragedy we need to ensure we come together to present thoughtful and effective ideas to reduce the probability of such an act ever occurring again. Arming teachers is categorically not a recommendation that should enjoy any consideration at all.

The probability of having an active shooter incident at any particular school is infinitesimally small. The ridiculous suggestion of arming teachers would actually increase that probability simply by virtue of putting thousands of guns in schools which today have none.

There is a huge difference between handing someone a gun and ensuring they receive the proper training to effectively engage that gun when required to do so.

Training is not a once and done endeavor, it must be continuous, and be required.  It is difficult enough to hit a paper target that is not shooting back at you.

Imagine the average teacher having to use that gun under the most adverse circumstances imaginable. We expect Ms. Jones, a great, compassionate, effective teacher, to now become an extension of the police department’s SWAT team?

We expect her to run to the sound of gun fire, through all the chaos and noise and effectively use that gun that has been locked in her drawer for the past 11 years? Really, can there be a more absurd notion circulating around the country.

Owning a gun and genuinely being prepared, psychologically and physically, to use it are two entirely different concepts.

I carried a gun for 23 years and in that time only experience one occasion during which I thought I was going to have to shoot another man. I did not think, “Go ahead…make my day.”

I clearly remember thinking, “Please don’t make me shoot you.” Although I was committed to doing so, I remain grateful to this day I did not have to shoot that individual. My point is that the concept of going from teacher one moment to effectively deploying deadly force in the next moment goes far beyond simply having access to a firearm.

The mass shooting in Connecticut absolutely demands that we address the issue of gun control. It is equally important that we not simply react, but rather engage in intelligent, thoughtful discussions to develop solutions that will genuinely impact this horrendous situation. Arming teachers is simply a dumb idea which deserves not a second more of serious consideration.