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Documents Show Border Patrol Slow, Reluctant to Take Action on Complaints of Abuse by Agents

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

New CBP documents raise more pressing questions about how the federal government is handling complaints of abuse by Border Patrol agents, the Arizona Republic reports.

The reports show that only 13 of 809 complains of abuse filed against agents from January 2009 to January 2012 resulted in CBP action.

Of those, one led to an agent’s suspension and two led to court action.

The documents also show that CBP is slow to take up the cases. About 40% of the complaints were still pending, the Arizona Republic wrote.

“Border Patrol agents who commit abuse simply get away with it,” said Vicki Gaubeca of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Regional Center for Border Rights in New Mexico.

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ATF Agents in Milwaukee Face Disciplinary Action Over Handling of Storefront Operation in Milwaukee

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Some ATF agents involved with a botched gun-buying storefront operation in Milwaukee face disciplinary action, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

The investigation was so bungled that agents last year had their guns stolen and their storefront pillaged.

The Journal Sentinel discovered through a letter sent to Congress that the Justice Department is conducting personnel investigations in connection with “Operation Fearless.”

According to the letter, the FBI backed off helping because of concerns about how the investigation was run.

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FBI Reviews Taser incident in Pittsburgh Following Complaints of Civil Rights Violations


 Steve Neavling
 
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating whether a Pittsburgh police detective was out of control when he pulled a Taser on a man in Pittsburgh over the weekend, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

The incident captured a national audience after a cell phone video caught Detective Frank Rende walking up to a man and pointing a Taser in his face.

“When anything attracts our attention that could potentially violate any civil rights of the public, or of anyone in the community, we assess the situation,” FBI spokeswoman Kelly Kochamba told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The man who was targeted by police, 27-year-old Mark Keyser Jr., faces charges of defiant trespass, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness.

The detective has a long disciplinary history, the Post-Gazette reported.