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Secret Service Deals With Malia Obama’s Stalker in NY

Malia Obama (Photo by Master Sgt. Cecilio Ricardo)

Malia Obama (Photo by Master Sgt. Cecilio Ricardo)

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Malia Obama, the oldest daughter of former President Barack Obama, is still feeling the public pain of living a high-profile existence.

Jair Cardoso, 30, of Brooklyn man who stalked her in New York was taken into custody earlier this month after he was caught trying to get to her again at her internship, a law enforcement source tells Alison Fox of AM New York.

Cardoso first went to the TriBeCa building where Malia was interning on April 10, put a sign in the window, screamed her name repeatedly and yelled for her to marry her, the online news site reports. At that time, he was turned away by Secret Service agents.

He was eventually taken to the hospital to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. Secret Service has also notified New York Police about the problem.

 

Ex-NYPD Cop Fatally Shoots Self As FBI Agents Prepared to Arrest Him

nypd badgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former NYPD cop fatally shot himself in the head as FBI agents pulled him over to arrest him as part of a quadruple homicide and cocaine conspiracy, the New York Post reports. 

Gerard Benderoth, 48, committed suicide on a quiet suburban road in Rockland County around 8:20 a.m. Wednesday.

Benderoth, nicknamed “White Rhino” from his days as a strongman competitor, was about to be arrested on a seal indictment in connection with a murder and drug conspiracy case.

“If this guy put a bullet in his head rather than go and talk to them, he must have been in deep,” a law enforcement source noted to The Post.

Secret Service Wants NYPD to Deploy 150 Officers a Day to Trump Tower

Trump Tower

Trump Tower

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Secret Service wants the NYPD to deploy 150 police officers a day to checkpoints outside the Trump Tower to protect the president-elect.

Law enforcement officials complained to New York Post that the deployment would divert resources from other parts of the city. 

The officers would be stationed outside the building where pedestrians are required to have their bags searched.

“They want the NYPD to handle all those checkpoints,” the source said. “They want 150 cops assigned every day.”

There are currently 84 officers outside the Trump Tower.

NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said the demand at Trump Tower could hurt other parts of the city.

“It does have an impact,” O’Neill said. “We’re taking resources from around the city.”

Justice Department Shakeup Seeks to Jumpstart Probe into Eric Garner’s Death

Eric Garner with his children, via National Action Network

Eric Garner with his children, via National Action Network

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

In an unusual shakeup, the Justice Department has dumped a New York team of agents and lawyers investigating the death of Eric Garner, who was killed when a police officer placed him in a chokehold over selling untaxed cigarettes.

The Justice Department is replacing the agents and lawyers after the case has been stymied over a dispute between federal prosecutors and FBI officials about whether to file charges, the New York Times reports.

Prosecutors with the Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department have been in favor of filing charges, saying there is sufficient evidence in the case.

Recently FBI agents were replaced with agents outside of New York. Federal prosecutors were taken off the case.

It’s not yet clear whether the civil rights prosecutors will work solo to present evidence to a grand jury.

The Justice Department and FBI declined to comment.

The shakeup was criticized for the attorney of Officer Daniel Pantaleo, who placed Garner, 43, in a chokehold.

“If it is true that the Justice Department is rejecting the recommendations of seasoned F.B.I. agents and assistant United States attorneys, this is a gross miscarriage of justice,” the attorney, Stuart London, said. “In our system of justice, politics should never take the place of the rule of law.”

FBI: Did NYPD Lt. Shoot Himself to Avoid Testifying Against Former Boss?

nypd badgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Authorities are questioning whether an NYPD lieutenant shot himself twice in the stomach to avoid testifying against his friend and former boss.

The New York Post reports that Lt. Peter Salzone shot himself after he was interviewed by the FBI as part of a corruption investigation into the NYPD.

Salzone had been asked to testify against his former boss, NYPD Deputy Inspector James Grant.

The Post wrote:

The NYPD’s Force Investigation Division is looking at the possibility that Salzone never intended to kill himself and merely wanted to appear emotionally unstable to sabotage his credibility as a witness, according to sources.

Salzone was stripped of his gun and badge Saturday. He could not be reached for comment.

He is the second police officer to shoot himself after getting called into the federal inquiry, which has seen dozens of cops get grilled.

Homeland Security Secretary Says He’s ‘Concerned’ about Race Relations

Jeh Johnson

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

After numerous rallies nationwide following the police shootings of black people, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said he’s “concerned” about race relations in America.

Trying to speak to both police and protesters, Johnson said, “Violence never solves anything.”

“An eye for an eye leaves everybody blind and at this point, we need to stand with our law enforcement community,” Johnson said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Johnson also was referring tot he sniper attack the killed five officers and injured seven others in Dallas.

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, speaking with Johnson, criticized Black Lives Matter.

“The reality of the Black Lives Matter movement is it is significantly focused, primarily focused on police and their efforts to portray police and the police profession in a very negative way, which is unfortunate,” he said.

Other Stories of Interest

NYPD Cops Accused of Having Sex with Prostitute on Plane in Ongoing Investigation

nypd badgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The investigation into the New York Police Department uncovered more allegations against a cop and another high-ranking official.

The official and cop are accused of having sex with a prostitute aboard a private plane in a flight paid for by Jona Rechnitz, a real-estate investor who is being investigated by the FBI for allegedly providing gifts to police in exchange for favors, NJ.com reports. 

One of the officers, Deputy Inspector James Grant, was earlier ordered to turn over his gun and badge. The other cop, Detective Michael Milici, is on modified duty.

At least 20 officers were interviewed as part of the investigation.

Fifth High-Ranking NYPD Officer Disciplined in Wake of FBI Corruption Probe

police lightsBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

NYPD disciplined its fifth high-ranking officer in the wake of the ongoing FBI corruption scandal.

Deputy Chef Andrew Capul, 56, was “reassigned to an administrative position pending further review,” according to an NYPD statement published by the New York Daily News. 

Capul often frequented the Hudson River Cafe, where the owner, Hamlet Peralta, is under investigation and has been charged with running a $12 million Ponzi scheme.

Capul’s discipline is the latest move by NYPD following the widening corruption investigation centered around businessmen Jona Rechnitz and Jeremy Reichberg, who are accused of giving expensive gifts in exchange for police escorts and street closures for funerals and weddings.