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FBI: More Than 7,600 People Were Victimized by Hate Crimes in 2016

hate-photo-of-handBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Law enforcement agencies reported a total of 7,615 victims of hate crimes nationwide in 2016.

The largest motivation for committing hate crimes is race, which accounted for 57.5% of the reported cases, the FBI revealed Monday

More than 20% of the hate crimes involved a religious bias. Nearly 18% involved a religious bias. The remaining hate crimes were motivated by a gender identity, disability or gender bias.

The largest percentage of hate crimes – 27.3% – occur in or near residences. Another 18.4% happen on or near some type of roadway.

“The Bureau will also continue to combat hate crimes that fall under federal jurisdiction—the number one investigative priority under our Civil Rights Program—and offer operational assistance to our local and state law enforcement partners during their hate crime investigations,” the FBI said in a press release.

Burden Pasenelli, Legendary Female FBI Agent Who Shattered Stereotypes, Dies

fbigunbadgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Burden Pasenelli, a former special agent who shattered gender barriers in the FBI, died Tuesday in Arizona following a brief illness.

Pasenelli was 71.

A former Seattle police officer, Pasenelli joined the FBI and became the bureau’s first female assistant director and first woman special change in charge of a bureau office, the Seattle Times reports.

Pasenelli was described as a no-nonsense pioneer and a loyal friend.

After 26 years with the bureau, Pasenelli retired in 1999. “She really was exceptional, both as a leader and as a person,” said Kate Pflaumer, the former U.S. Attorney in Western Washington and a longtime friend and colleague of Pasenelli.

Pasenelli rose to power at a time when there were very few female agents.

“I was raised on a farm,” she said in a 2012 FBI video interview. “I could work as hard as any man could, so I figured I was worth as much as any guy.”

Appeals Court: Different Standards for FBI Fitness Test Is Not Discrimination

fbi logo largeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI’s physical fitness test has different standards for men and women. Men, for example, must do more than twice the number of push-ups as women.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit dismissed a challenge to the test by a man who was turned down to become special agent because he could only do 29 of the required 30 push-ups, The Washington Post reports. 

Jay J. Bauer filed a discrimination suit, saying he was held to a different standard than women.

But the appeals court said that’s not necessarily a problem because the “physical fitness standards suitable for men may not always be suitable for women, and accommodations addressing physiological differences between the sexes are not necessarily unlawful.”

Women are required to perform 14 push-ups.

Border Patrol Seeks to Diminish Gender Gap to Address Influx of Female Migrants

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The gender gap among Border Patrol agents is significant, even as more women are crossing the border illegally.

The Los Angeles Times reports a 173% in the number of apprehended female immigrants, yet just 5% of the agency’s 21,000 agents are women.

Border Patrol hopes to correct the disparity by aggressively recruiting women.

“Other federal law enforcement [agencies] were at 16% female. We’ve stayed at 5%,” said Shevannah Wray, a spokeswoman for Customs and Border Protection in the Tucson sector. “We need to increase that number in order to have females to search females that we arrest. And then just to reflect the workforce of the U.S.”

While Border Patrol rules do not prohibit male agents from searching female migrants, the agency prefers women for that role.

Another perk of female agents is having someone that women can trust. According to Amnesty International, three of every five female migrants are sexually assaulted during their trek.

“There are females that have been abused along their journey,” Wray said. “So I imagine that they may feel more comfortable talking to a female agent.”

 

Obama Administration to Ban Racial Profiling Among Federal Law Enforcement

Atty. Gen. Holder/doj file photo

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

In an effort to curb racial profiling, the Obama administration plans today to announce new rules for federal law enforcement, the Washington Post reports.

Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. wants to prevent federal officials from using gender, race, national origin, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity to open cases. The plan also calls for ending racial profiling from national security cases.

But the new rules won’t cover local governments unless they are working with federal task forces.

Protests have sprung up nationwide following grand jury decisions not to indict two white cops who killed Eric Garner in New York City and Michael Brown in Ferguson, both of whom were young and unarmed.

“At this historic moment in our nation’s race relations, the release of this revised guidance is an important signal of progress, but it does not completely address the need for reform of policing tactics at the state and local level,” said Laura W. Murphy, director of the American Civil Liberty Union’s Washington Legislative Office.

 

New Head of Jacksonville FBI Office Was Never Discouraged by Gender

Michelle Klimt/FBI photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Michelle Klimt was eating dinner with her dad in the 1970s when he grumbled about women becoming FBI agents, the Florida Times-Union reported.

He was a special agent at the time. 

“And I sat there and said, ‘Hey dad, I can do what you do now.’ He never complained again and was very supportive of me,” Klimt told the Florida Times-Union.

Sure enough, Klimt not only became an agent, she became the first woman to lead the Jacksonville division seven months ago the Times-Union wrote.

Justice Department to Dramatically Expand Rules Aimed at Profiling by Federal Agents

Atty. Gen. Eric Holder Jr.

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

In a move to address decades of concerns about the protection of civil rights, the Justice Department plans to expand its definition of racial profiling to alleviate discrimination by religion, nationality, gender and sexual orientation, the New York Times reports.

Although the Bush administration banned racial profiling in 2003, it provided exclusions for national security cases and Latinos for immigration probes.

Attorney General Eric Holder wants that to change, the Times wrote.

“Putting an end to this practice not only comports with the Constitution, it would put real teeth to the F.B.I.’s claims that it wants better relationships with religious minorities,” said Hina Shamsi, a national security lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union.

It’s unclear when the new rules will go into effect.

Overcoming Gender Equality at Border Patrol Long Way to Go

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Jodi Butts, a law enforcement officer since 1998, said the challenges facing women in the field are numerous.

Now a military police officer in the U.S. Army, Butts said women must work harder to be accepted.

As law enforcement officers we face a multitude of challenges every day. Whether it’s dealing with the problems of the public or justifying our actions to the brass, there’s always something we must overcome. 

For the female LEO, these challenges can seem doubled. Let’s face it, some of our male counterparts look upon us as weak and not always up to the task. If a suspect is able to get the upper hand on a female officer, some may say it’s because she couldn’t handle the physical aspects of the job. If a woman sheds a tear in a particularly troubling or stressful moment or shows any act of overt kindness, these can be seen as weakness. 

Despite the numerous gains women in policing have made, we still have to work twice as hard to earn the same respect because of the limitations placed upon us by some in the workplace and the general public.