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FBI Launches Civil Rights Investigation into Mass Shooting at Tennessee Church

Emanuel Kidega Samson

Emanuel Kidega Samson

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has launched a civil rights investigation into the mass shooting that killed one woman and wounded eight others at a church in Nashville, Tenn., on Sunday.

“The Memphis FBI Field Office’s Nashville Resident Agency, the Civil Rights Division, and the US Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Tennessee have opened a civil rights investigation into the shooting at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, Tennessee,” David Boling, spokesman for the U.S. attorney in Nashville, said in a statement.

“The FBI will collect all available facts and evidence. As this is an ongoing investigation we are not able to comment further at this time.”

Police identified the attacker as Emanuel Kidega Samson, 25, a legal U.S. resident who came to the U.S. from Sudan and lived in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Authorities were still unsure of a motive Sunday evening, but church members told investigators that Samson attended the church a few times in the past year or two.

Samson first opened fire in the parking lot at the Burnette Chapel Church, fatally shooting a woman who was walking to her car. Samson then walked into the church with two pistols, shooting six people. Samson also was injured from a self-inflicted gunshot to the chest and was hospitalized for several hours before he was taken into police custody.

He is expected to be charged today with murder and other related charges.

Former Heroic FBI Agent Who Saved Lives During Bank Robbery Dies

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Toy Fuson

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Toy Fuson, a former FBI agent who saved the lives of several officers during a tense bank robbery, has died.

Fuson was 91.

WKRN reports that Fuson, who made headlines when he helped end a shootout and chase at a Bank of America in Tennessee, suffered a stroke.

Fuson headed the Nashville branch of the FBI.

He’s also known for leading a 1978 investigation that ended in the arrest of former Gov. Ray Blanton over a pardons-for-profit scandal.

Obsessed Former TSA Agent Gets 6 Months in Jail for Hidden Videos, Pictures

Daniel Boykin

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former Nashville TSA agent said he became so obsessed with a woman that he took hidden videos of her in an airport bathroom and broke into her house five times.

Daniel Boykin, 33, was sentenced to six months in jail on Thursday, and Judge Randall Wyatt advised the former agent to continue to get counseling after he is released from six months of jail, The Tennessean reports.

Included in the sentence were more than 5 years of probation and GPS monitoring.

Prosecutors said Boykin had amassed 92 videos of the victim, including 29 that were captured from a bathroom stall at Nashville International Airport.

“This was one of the worst cases I have seen in terms of invading somebody’s privacy in their most intimate moments and the most secure place, her home,” former Metro Police Detective Andrew Vallee told The Tennessean on Thursday.

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TSA Officer Charged After Being Accused of Secretly Videotaping Female Coworker in Restroom

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 A TSA officer is under fire after being accused of secretly videotaping a female coworker in an employee restroom at the Nashville International Airport, WJRN reports.

Daniel Boykin, 33, of Murfreesboro also is accused of entering the victim’s Nashville home several times to take information from her computers and electronic devices.

The investigation started after the victim said she saw images of herself on Boykin’s phone.

Investigators said Boykin appeared to be infatuated with the victim.

He is charged with aggravated burglary, wiretapping, unlawful photography, unlawful telephone recording and two computer crimes.

Boykin was arrested Monday and was lodged in jail on a $100,000 bond.

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American Football Coaches Asscociation Gives FBI’s Robert Mueller Top Award

Grant Teaff (left), executive director of the American Football Coaches Associaton, presented the Tuss McLaughry Award to Director Mueller.

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III on Tuesday night received the Tuss McLaughry Award from the American Football Coaches Association in Nashville.

The award, established in 1964, is the organization’s highest honor and is presented to distinguished Americans in recognition of outstanding service to others.

“Coaches are parental figures,” Mueller said during the ceremony according to information posted on the FBI website.

“They reinforce the importance of hard work and dedication; of selflessness and fair play; and of character, humility, and leadership.”

“Everyone remembers their favorite coach and the lessons they learned,” Mueller said. “You as coaches contribute to a legacy of sportsmanship and solidarity…of discipline and dedication…of toughness in the face of adversity. That lasting impact is every coach’s legacy.”

FBI Investigates Alleged Terrorist Threat in Tenn.

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is joining an investigation into an alleged terrorist threat in Nashville, News Channel 5 reports.

Amal Abdullahi, 29, was arrested last week on allegations she made terrorist threats to coworkers at CEVA Logistics, saying she was prepared to be a martyr for Allah and that nonbelievers should die, News Channel 5 reported.

According to interviews with coworkers, Abdullahi said nonbelievers should die and soon the country will be predominately Muslim.

After the company asked for charges to be filed, Abdullahi was jailed on a $50,000 bond, according to New Channel 5.

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Ex-Atty. Gen. Gonzales to Split Time Between Law Firm and University

Alberto Gonzales/Fox 34

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales isn’t only going to be teaching law, he’s going to practicing it as well.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Gonzales is going to join the Nashville law firm of Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis to practice white collar defense and advise clients about government relations.

Earlier this week, the new law school at Belmont University in Nashville announced that it had hired Gonzales as a teacher.

The Journal reports that he will split his time between the law firm and Belmont University.

At present, he is still teaching at Texas Tech Law School.

 

Ex-Nashville U.S. Atty. John Roberts Dies at age 74

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Former Nashville U.S. Attorney John Roberts, who served during the Clinton administration, died Sunday after a long illness, the Memphis Post reported. He was 74.

After leaving his post, Roberts served as executive director of the Livingston-Overton County Chamber of Commerce.

Previously, he served as a General Sessions Court judge.

The paper reported that he briefly returned to the bench in 2006 at the request of Gov. Phil Bredesen. He temporarily filled a vacancy due to a contested election.