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FBI’s Eric Jackson to Head Up Dallas Office; Vadim Thomas Named SAC in Albany

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

New assignments are being hand out by FBI Director James B. Comey.

Eric K. Jackson, who has served as special agent in charge of the Kansas City Division, will head south to take charge of the Dallas Division. Jackson, a Dallas native, assumes the post in March.

Jackson joined the FBI in 1997.

Vadim Thomas, who has served as an inspector in the Inspection Division at headquarters, has been named special agent in charge of the Albany Division.  He’ll assume the post in March.

Thomas joined the FBI in 1995.

Innocent Dallas Couple’s Home Raided by FBI in Apparent Mistake

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ticklethewire.com

Donna and Walter Williams were rattled awake by a loud noise at their door in Dallas.

“Boom, boom, boom!” Donna told WFAA.com. “My husband jumped up, and he said, ‘Somebody’s trying to break in!'” 

Their home had been broken into before, so they worried they were about to get robbed.

“We heard, ‘Open the door! Open the door now!'” Donna recalled.

FBI agents stormed into the home looking for a man that the Williams said they’ve never seen before.

“He showed me the picture, and I said, ‘Sir, I’ve never seen this man before in my life,'” Williams said. “It’s only me, my husband, and our little dog.”

The FBI eventually cleared the home.

Dallas FBI Special Agent in Charge Thomas M. Class, Sr., released a statement:

“The FBI attempted to execute a lawful, federal arrest warrant at [the home on] Blanton Street, Dallas, Texas, based upon probable cause to believe a wanted subject resided at that location. The FBI determined through a search of the home and the cooperation of the residents that the subject was not there, and agents departed the scene,”

The Williams family wants answers.

“I want to know why we were treated that way,” she said. “It was so scary. They didn’t ring the doorbell. They didn’t knock on the door. All they was trying to do was break in, and proceeded to treat us like criminals.”

Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association ‘Astounded’ That NFL Has Rejected Decal to Commemorate Dallas Cop Killings

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association issued a statement Monday saying it was “astounded” that the National Football League has rejected its request that the Dallas Cowboys football team wear commemorative decals on helmets to honor the five Dallas police officers killed by a sniper in July.

The Association says that the NFL denied the request because of a policy regarding uniform regulations. Dallas Cowboy executive vice president Stephen Jones told Sports Day that he respects the NFL’s decision.

“Everyone has to be uniform with the league and the other 31 teams,” Jones said.

The associations’ national President Nathan Catura is asking the NFL to reconsider.

In a statement, Catura said:

“When the Dallas Cowboys opened their training camp by walking arm-in-arm with members of the slain Dallas police officers’ families, FLEOA’s membership was overwhelmed with pride.

“We did not think we could be more grateful for this outpouring of appreciation for our men and women in uniform until we learned that the Cowboys wished to further commemorate the sacrifice of the five Dallas police heroes by displaying an “Arm in Arm” decal on the helmets of ‘America’s Team.’

“However, we were astounded to find that the NFL denied permission for this important gesture. In the past, the NFL has allowed exceptions to their strict uniform rules to bring attention to breast cancer prevention and national memorials.

“The Dallas Cowboys represent both a community that these officers sacrificed to serve and a team they loved, and for that reason this humble request deserves the approval of the NFL.  Our members and the hundreds of thousands of law enforcement officers across the country are calling on you, Commissioner Goodell, to do the right thing.”

 

Stay-at-Home Mom Exposes Culture of Secret Service Corruption

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A stay-at-home home in Dallas forked over $100,000 in legal fees for thousands of Secret Service records that “expose a culture of corruption,” The Dallas Morning News reports. 

Malia Litman filed 89 request for records, and the information she received was shocking.

Here are some of the highlights, as reported by the Dallas Morning News:

  • A culture of “wheels up; rings off” meant even married agents could party on foreign trips.
  • Secret Service K-9 units brought their dogs into their hotel room, which the dogs trashed. The agents made payoffs so the incident wouldn’t be reported.
  • A agent who missed his flight later showed up drunk with two prostitutes. He was not disciplined.
  • Agents “engaged” with prostitutes in Amsterdam’s red-light district during an advance team trip.
  • A supervisor choked a female subordinate because she rejected his sexual advances.
  • A supervisor offered a subordinate a larger office in return for sex.

Former Head of Dallas FBI Wants to Use Airport Security Breach As Training Video

Footage of the security breach.

Footage of the security breach.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It was too easy.

Damarias Cockerham of Garland, Tex., was able to slip past security and walk through an unused metal detector at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport a year ago.

It was all caught on video, and the former head of the Dallas FBI, Danny Defenbaugh, wants to use it as a training video, CBS Local reports. 

Defenbaugh was able to board a flight without a ticket to confront his girlfriend before being removed.

Cockerham said the chilling video could provide a powerful lesson to security agents around the globe.

“It not only would be a training video, but I would think that every security personnel within the entire air world, both for airport and the airplane security, would want to use this.” he said.

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Law Enforcement Organizations Issue Statements on Dallas Shootings

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

National law enforcement organizations issued statements Friday in wake of the shootings of Dallas Police Office.

Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association National (FLEOA):

In response to the tragic incident in Dallas last night, where five police officers lost their lives in a targeted attack, The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association National (FLEOA) President Nate Catura issued the following response:

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the men and women of the Dallas Police Department and the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police Department, their murdered and wounded officers, and their families.  

We stand with Chief Brown and offer our full support to the arrest and prosecution of the criminals who planned and committed this heinous crime. On a daily basis, police officers risk their lives in support of the public and we condemn the recent anti law enforcement rhetoric.

During times of social upheaval, society should unite, not divide, and let the investigative process work before judging police officers and departments. All lives matter and we grieve for the loss of these brave police officers.”

FBI Agents Association’s President Reynaldo Tariche:

“Federal, state, and local law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every day to protect the public from criminal and terrorist threats.  These brave men and women do so at great risk to themselves and great sacrifice to their families. Tragically, we are all reminded of this sacrifice with the shooting of 11 Dallas law enforcement officers last night, five of whom were killed in the attack.  The FBI Agents Association stands with the courageous law enforcement officers in Dallas, and our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who were killed or injured.

Police officers play an essential role in safeguarding our Constitutional rights to assemble and speak. The Dallas shootings occurred while officers were protecting these very rights, and they are an attack on the foundations of our democracy.

Law enforcement officers and the communities we protect are inseparable.  United we stand, divided we fall.”

  International Association of Chiefs of Police President Terrence M. Cunningham:

Heartbroken, saddened, sickened, appalled – none of these words are strong enough to express how I feel about the tragic and senseless deaths of the five officers in Dallas and the seven others that were wounded. Last night, we witnessed the deadliest attack on law enforcement in the United States since 9/11.

As President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, our entire membership grieves with the brave men and women of the Texas law enforcement community. We stand ready to assist their agencies in the days and months ahead.

Law enforcement officers put their lives in harm’s way on a daily basis, to protect our freedom and democracy, confront crime and ensure the safety of our communities. We do this because we took an oath to safeguard our fellow citizens. We believe in that oath, and we feel an allegiance to and pride for the citizens we protect and the communities we serve. The officers in Dallas were acting as guardians and protecting the protestors.

Law enforcement officers, like the people they serve, are fathers, mothers, husbands, wives, daughters, and sons. Despite the passions aroused by recent events, we must realize that violence is never the solution.

Rather than letting this tragedy divide us, this is a time for us to come together as a community and share our grief and look for solutions.

As this situation continues to develop, we will communicate with our membership, and I urge you to work with your communities. Please stay safe.

 

 

FBI Assists Investigation of 11 Police Officers Shot at Rally in Dallas

Dallas police departmentBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is helping investigate the shooting of 11 people officers during an anti-violence rally in Dallas on Thursday evening.

President Obama described the attacks as “a vicious, calculated and despicable attack on law enforcement,” CNN reports. 

“There is no possible justification for these kinds of attacks or any violence against law enforcement,” Obama said, speaking from the NATO summit in Poland that he is attending. “Anyone involved in the senseless murders will be held fully accountable. Justice will be done.”

The shootings left five officers dead.

Obama said he would comment further once the killers’ “twisted motivations” were known.

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Jealous Lover Who Disappeared after Murder Makes FBI’s Most Wanted List

Brenda Delgado, 33.

Brenda Delgado, 33.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A 33-year-old Dallas woman who disappeared after authorities said she arranged the murder of a dentist who was dating her ex-boyfriend has been added to the FBI’s Most Wanted list, the Dallas Morning News reports. 

Brenda Delgado, who was indicted on capital murder charges, is accused of giving Kristopher Ledell Love drugs and money in exchange for killing Kendra Hatcher on Sept. 2. A drug cartel allegedly helped provide the money and drugs.

Authorities said Delgado was motivated by jealousy of Hatcher, who was dating Delgado’s ex-boyfriend.

Love was arrested and faces a state capital murder charge and a federal weapons charge.

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