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FBI Director James Comey Wonders if Data Backs Narrative of ‘Biased Police’ Killing Blacks at DIsproportionate Rates

Director James Comey in San Diego

Director James Comey in San Diego

By Allan Lengel
ticklethetickle.com

SAN DIEGO — In these troubling times for police, FBI Director James Comey addressed thousands of law enforcement officials on Sunday, saying a lack of accurate data raises questions about the pervasive narrative that “biased police are killing black men at epidemic rates.”

“It is a narrative driven by video images of real and gut-wrenching misconduct, by images of possible misconduct, by images of perceived misconduct,” Comey told the crowd at the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference at the San Diego Convention Center. “It’s a narrative given force by the awesome power of human empathy.”

Comey said Americans “have no idea if the number of black people or brown people or white people being shot by police is up, down or sideways over the last three years, five years, 10 years.”

He went on to say:

“We need to collect actual, accurate and complete information about policing in this country so that we have informed debates about things that matter enormously.”

He said leaders in law enforcement need to ask questions and understand the community and officers.

“I have heard from you that this is a uniquely difficult time in law enforcement,” he said.

To see the complete speech, click the video below.  To read the complete text click here.

Slate Takes a Look at What It’s Like to be a U.S. Marshal Through Photographs and Words

By Jordan G. Teicher
Slate

The U.S. marshals currently employ just 5,431 people nationwide, but they get a lot done: In 2013, the organization arrested more 110,000 fugitives, moved federal prisoners nearly 300,000 times, and cleared more than 134,000 warrants. Brian Finke witnessed some of that activity firsthand over the course of three years shadowing the country’s oldest law enforcement agency.

For Finke, who has previously spent months photographing bodybuilders and hip-hop music video stars, hanging out with the marshals was yet another exciting immersion into a distinct culture. He likens his new book, U.S. Marshals, which was published in November by PowerHouse books, to his “own version of the TV show, Cops.”

TO SEE PHOTOS and STORY CLICK HERE.

Jesse Jackson Jr. Bites the Bullet and Cops Plea to Campaign Finance Violations

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FBI: Four Detroit-Area Police Charged in Public Corruption Scandal

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

DETROIT –– Four Detroit-area police officers are facing federal charges of public corruption following an FBI probe.

Details of the charges, which were unclear this morning, will be available today when the federal complaints are unsealed.

The FBI declined to comment on the Highland Park Police Department case, other than to say the case involves corruption. Highland Park is incorporated city within the city limits of Detroit.

It’s just the latest federal probe that has swept up metro Detroit public officials in recent years. Others include Detroit, Ecorse, Pontiac, Ecorse, Royal Oak Township, Wayne County and the Detroit Public School.

Check back for updates.

Former and Current Law Enforcement Officials Arrested in Theft Scheme

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI arrested four people – three of them former and current cops – accused of scheming to steal cash from drug dealers, the bureau announced Wednesday, according to the Jackson Free Press.

In September 2011, the men allegedly entered a Jackson, Mississippi, hotel room of suspected drug dealers and stole $23,000 in cash, the FBI reported in a press release.

One of the men arrested, Zack Robinson, 45, is a deputy at the Hinds County Sheriff’s Office. Two others are a former Jackson Police officer (Kent Daniels, 44) and former deputy with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office (Watson Lee Jackson, Jr., 42).

A fourth person, George Hilliard, 43, was arrested.

All made initial court appearances Wednesday.

Retired FBI Special Agent Treks Across Country to Raise Awareness, Money for Fallen Heroes

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A retired FBI special agent is riding a bike across the country with his wife to raise money and awareness for a nonprofit that assists surviving family members of fallen law enforcement personnel, the Syracuse Post-Standard reports.

Jim Caverly, who retired in 1999 after 27 years at the FBI, started his trip May 25 in Oregon and is expected to finish in Bar Harbor, Maine, at the end of the month.

The cause is for Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS), for which Caverly, 69, and his wife Jeanne worked as grief counselors since 1990.

For more information, visit BicyclingAcrossAmericaForCOPS.org.

A Bird’s Eye View of Baltimore’s High-Flying Pot Conspiracy

ILLUSTRATION BY NOAH PATRICK PFARR/Baltimore City Paper

By Van Smith
Baltimore City Paper

BALTIMORE — The Lancair IV-P airplane is a sleek four-seater, capable of flying 330 miles per hour and more than 1,500 miles on a tank of gas. The one that was seized in June 2009 from Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport, near Denver, had been purchased the previous summer for $450,000. The buyer, a Delaware company called Air Sky Holdings LLC, still owed the seller about $64,000. But the Lancair was not repossessed due to outstanding debt. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration took it.

What led law enforcers to that Lancair was a game-changing series of events for a sprawling, sophisticated outfit of Baltimore-based potrepreneurs whose illicit, high-volume business had been a veritable license to print money. Its seizure didn’t immediately end the flow of eye-popping amounts of premium weed they’d been moving, but it was a red flag, putting key players on notice that the gig was nosediving into a forest of cops, lawyers, and judges.

And nosedive it did, ultimately resulting in at least three federal cases and possibly dozens of state-level ones, all in Maryland.

To read the full story click here.

New Orleans Cops in Danziger Bridge Shooting Get Whacked at Sentencing

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A group of New Orleans cops convicted in connection with the shootings at the infamous Danziger Bridge got whacked at sentencing on Wednesday in U.S. District Court in New Orleans.

Four of the officers got sentences ranging from 38 to 65 years in prison. A fifth officer, who was just involved in the cover up, got six years, the Justice Department announced.

The sentencing capped an ugly chapter in New Orleans history.

Days after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the cops were involved in the shootings of six civilians. Two of the civilians died.

“We hope that today’s sentences give a measure of peace and closure to the victims of this terrible shooting, who have suffered unspeakable pain and who have waited so patiently for justice to be done. The officers who shot innocent people on the bridge and then went to great lengths to cover up their own crimes have finally been held accountable for their actions,” Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Thomas E. Perez said in a statement. “As a result of today’s sentencing, the city of New Orleans can take another step forward.”

U.S. District Court Judge Kurt Englehardt the long sentences as follows:

  • Sgt. Kenneth Bowen, 40 years.
  • Sgt. Robert Gisevius, 40 years.
  • Officer Robert Faulcon, 65 years.
  • Officer Anthony Villavaso,38 years.
  • Sgt. Arthur “Archie” Kaufman, 6 years.