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New Government Studies Found That FBI Fails to Report Many Killings by Police

police tapeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A new federal government study has found that the FBI has reported far fewer killings by police than actually happened.

The study found there were about 1,200 killings by police in in 2015, compared to the FBI’s official count of 442. 

The discovery casts serious questions about the data collected by the FBI, which compiles what are supposed to be the official counts.

The study suggests tracking arrest-related deaths by using media reports and follow-ups with law enforcement and coroners’ offices.

“The revised … program methodology is designed to increase the reliability, validity, and comprehensiveness of the data collection,” the study reports.

The ACLU and other independent groups have long criticized the current method of tracking, which comes from police self-reporting the killings.

FBI Wants to See if “Unabomber” Linked to Tylenol Killings in 1982

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Theodore Kaczynski, aka the “Unabomber”, is a apparently a suspect in the 1982 Tylenol poisonings that killed seven people in the Chicago area, according to media reports.

Bloomberg reported that the FBI wants Kaczynski’s DNA to see if there’s any link to the Tylenol killings.

Bloomberg reported that Kaczynski made the disclosure in court papers in an effort to stop an auction of his belongings by the U.S. Marshals Service, which is now in progress.

In a handwritten court document, Bloomberg reported, that Kaczynski said the prison wanted his DNA “to compare with the partial DNA profiles connected with a 1982 event in which someone put potassium cyanide in Tylenol.”

“I have never even possessed any potassium cyanide,” wrote Kaczynski, 68, a former mathematics professor, according to Bloomberg.

The FBI declined comment, Bloomberg reported.

Law Enforcement Killings Up in 2010, FBI Report Says

Brian Terry

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Fifty six law enforcement officers were “feloniously killed” killed in 2010, including U.S. Border agent Brian Terry, up from 48 in 2009, according to preliminary statistics released Monday by the FBI.

Of the 56 felonious deaths:

  • 15 officers were killed during ambushes.
  • 8 were investigating suspicious persons or circumstances.
  • 7 were killed during traffic pursuits/stops.
  • 6 were interrupting robberies in progress or were pursuing. robbery suspects.
  • 6 were responding to disturbance calls (four of them being domestic disturbances).
  • 3 interrupted burglaries in progress or were pursuing burglary suspects.
  • 3 died during tactical situations.
  • 2 were conducting investigations.
  • 1 was handling or transporting a prisoner.
  • 1 was killed during a drug-related conflict.
  • 4 were attempting to make arrests for other offenses.

Offenders used firearms in all but one of the felonious deaths of law enforcement officers in 2010, the FBI said.

Thirty-eight of the fallen officers were killed with handguns, 15 with rifles, and two with shotguns, the FBI said. The only officer who was not a victim of firearms was killed with a vehicle.

Among those killed in 2008 was U.S. Border agent Brian Terry, 40,  who was killed in Arizona last Dec. 14 while trying to apprehend a group of suspects.

FBI Ready to Close All But a Handful of 100-Plus Civil Rights Killings

Early Days of KKK in Fla./ fbi via national archive

Early Days of KKK in Fla./ fbi via national archive

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Some murder cases during the civil rights era aren’t likely to end up in court.

The Washington Post’s Carrie Johnson reports that “three years after the FBI pledged to investigate more than 100 unsolved civil rights killings, the agency is ready to close all but a handful.”

The Post reports that investigators know in most cases who the culprits are, but indictments aren’t likely because the suspects died and it has only gotten tougher to gather evidence.

“There’s maybe five to seven cases where we don’t know who did it,” FBI Special Agent Cynthia Deitle told the Post. “Some we know; others we know but can’t prove. For every other case, we got it.”

The story surfaces just days after Ku Klux Klan member Edgar Ray Killen, who is serving a 60-year-sentence in the slaying of three civil rights workers in 1964, filed a lawsuit alleging that J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI used a member of the Mafia to beat  and intimidate people to get information for the FBI in his case.

To read the full Post story click here.

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