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Baltimore Seeks Help with Its Skyrocketing Murder Rate

police tapeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Baltimore surpassed 100 murders so far this year, the quickest the city has reached that mark in two decades.

Now Mayor Catherine Pugh is asking for the FBI to help crack down on violence and help solve open homicide cases, the Baltimore Business Journal reports.  

Hoping to explore all options, the mayor said she expects the FBI to respond to her formal request for help by the end of the week.

“We just want more assistance by our FBI partners,” she said. “The conversation has been around what additional assistance they can provide. We believe there could be more people on the street. In terms of technology we’ve done some things … but there’s some more technology out there that the city has not had access to.”
It’s not yet clear what kind of help the FBI would offer, but Pugh said she’ll take any assistance she can get.

New ATF Chief in Chicago Focuses on Fighting Gun Violence

Celinez Nunez, special agent in charge of the ATF’s Chicago office.

Celinez Nunez, special agent in charge of the ATF’s Chicago office.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Celinez Nunez may have one of the more challenging law-enforcement positions in the nation.

The 41-year-old woman recently was named the special agent in charge of the ATF’s Chicago office at a time when the city is struggling to curtail a rising number of murders, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. 

In 2016, more than 760 people were killed, marking the highest murder rate in Chicago in decades. 

President Trump has claimed Chicago has done an inadequate job handling murders. According to sources, dozens of ATF agents are likely to be added to the ATF office to fight gun violence.

Nunez said she plans to meet with the acting U.S. attorney to discuss how to increase prosecutions of murderers.

“I am going to look at the cases my agents are putting together, too, to make sure they’re meeting the requirements of the U.S. attorney’s office,” she said. “I will make sure my agents are working solid cases so that when they take it to the U.S. attorney’s office for prosecution, they should not be turned down.”

Other Stories of Interest

FBI: Murders Surged in U.S. in 2015, While Violent Crime Rose Nearly 4%

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Via FBI.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Murders surged 10% in 2015 over the previous year, while violent crime rose nearly 4% in the same time period, according to the FBI’s annual crime report.

The increase comes after two years of declines in violent crime in the U.S.

Still, violent crime rates remain much lower than two decades ago.

“The report shows that there was an overall increase in violent crime last year, making clear what each of us already knows: that we still have so much work to do,” Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch said Monday in Little Rock, the Washington Post reports. “Violent crime endangers lives, destroys families and paralyzes neighborhoods … In some ways, violence affects all of us — and so all of us have a responsibility to end it.”

The largest increases in homicide came in Chicago, Baltimore and Washington D.C.

“But the report also reminds us of the progress that we are making,” Lynch said. “It shows that in many communities, crime has remained stable or even decreased from the historic lows reported in 2014. And it is important to remember that while crime did increase overall last year, 2015 still represented the third-lowest year for violent crime in the past two decades.”

USA Today Investigation Finds Glaring Omissions in FBI’s Murder Data

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A lot of criticism has surrounded the FBI’s database that is supposed to track all U.S. murders.

Now a USA Today investigation has raised more serious questions about the accuracy of the database after discovering only a 57% accuracy rate for recording the killings of four or more people in a single event in the past decade.

Missing, for example, is the widely publicized Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, which killed 26 teachers, students and administrators. Also missing is Aurora Colo., movie shootings.

The FBI responded that each of the states, which voluntarily submit the information, asked that the incidents be deleted.

According to criminologist James Alan Fox, about 90% of the homicides are included in the data.

FBI Elevates Murder Investigation of two District Attorneys in Texas, Launches Billboard Campaign

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI has launched a public relations campaign to catch the killer or killers of two district attorneys and one of their wives, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Gov. Rick Perry and Kaufman County Crime Stoppers chipped in $200,000 for a reward for the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for killing Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland, his wife, Cynthia, and Assistant District Attorney mark Hasse.

The FBI also is posting information about the murders on billboards throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, New Mexico and Mississippi.

“Words cannot describe the shock and grief this community has suffered over the last several months,” Perry said in a press release. “The criminals responsible for these murders will be caught, convicted and will pay the price for these horrific crimes.”

Both prosecutors were killed this year, and authorities are investigating possible ties between the killings and the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas, a prison gang.

Who is the Aryan Brotherhood? May Be Tied to Prosecutor Murders


Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Investigators are trying to determine whether the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas played a role in the murders of two Texas prosecutors. 

CNN explores who the Aryan Brotherhood is.

FBI Joins LAPD to Solve 27 Murders in 3 Months

los anglesBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI teamed up with the police department to help solve 27 murders in the past three months, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The paper reports that under the joint effort, which began July 1, the FBI provided six agents, equipment, crime lab help and money to pay for LAPD detectives’ overtime. One of the unsolved crimes was two decades old.

“I’ve been doing this for a long time and I’ve never seen anything like this,”veteran LAPD homicide Det. Sal LaBarbera told the LA Times. “We were able to clear cases at a pace that we never would have been able to hit. Twenty-seven homicides in three months? That’s unheard of.”

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Scary Development: Mexican Cartels Gagging the Media

gagged journalistBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The murderous ways of the Mexican drug cartels may seem very scary, but so is another phenomena: The cartels are apparently shutting up the media.

The Washington Post reports journalists, fearing for their lives, “are adhering to a near-complete news blackout, under strict orders of drug smuggling organizations and their enforcers, who dictate — via daily telephone calls, e-mails and news releases — what can and cannot be printed or aired.

“We are under their complete control,” a veteran reporter, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told the Post.

Very scary.

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