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Racist, Former New Jersey Police Chief Found Guilty of Lying to FBI

Bordentown Township Police Chief Frank Nucera.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

A racist, former New Jersey police chief was found guilty Wednesday of lying to the FBI after he allegedly assaulted a handcuffed black teenager at a hotel and denied playing a role in the arrest.

The jury, however, remained deadlocked on federal civil rights and hate crime charges and were asked to continue deliberating.

Former Bordentown Township Police Chief Frank Nucera, 62, was the first law enforcement officer charged with a federal hate crime in at least a decade.

Nucera’s fellow officers secretly recorded him dozens of times using racial slurs. He said Donald Trump, who was a presidential candidate at the time, was the “last hope for white people.” He compared black people to ISIS and animals, said they should “stay the fuck out of Bordentown” because they had “no value,” and even suggested a firing squad should kill black people.

Nucera could be sentenced to up to five years when he is sentenced Feb. 6 for lying to the FBI.

The jury is still deliberating on two counts of hate-crime assault and deprivation of civil rights, The Trentonian reports.  Each of those charges carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

“We’re gonna wait and see what happens tomorrow,” defense attorney Rocco Cipparone Jr. said outside the courtroom. “Of the three counts, this is the lesser of three evils. That doesn’t mean I’m happy with it. But it is what it is and I have to accept it at this point.”

Fellow officers said Nucera slammed a handcuffed black teenager’s head into a door jam after he was falsely accused of swimming in a hotel pool without paying for a room.

Nucera insisted to FBI agents that he was not involved in the arrest.

Prosecutors Clear Border Patrol Agents, Officers in Deadly Shooting in Las Cruces

Dashcam image via Las Cruces Police Department.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol agents, deputies and police officers will not be charged in connection with the shooting death of a suspect in the parking lot of a Las Cruces Home Depot, prosecutors told KRQE.

Investigators said the suspect, Francisco “Paco” Tarin, opened fire at a Las Cruces police officer who had responded to a June 17 call about a suspicious man threatening employees at a nearby Jack in the Box. While the officer drove himself to a hospital, a group of officers, deputies and border agents responded and found the suspect in the Home Deport parking lot.

After Tarin refused to surrender, he was shot with a non-lethe bean bag round. Tarin responded by shooting at the group of officers and agents, prompting them to return fire, killing the suspect.

The Officer-Involved Incident Task Force investigated the shooting and sent its findings to the district attorney’s office for review.

Doña Ana County District Attorney Mark D’Antonio cleared the law enforcement officers of wrongdoing.

Armed Man Fatally Shot After Throwing ‘Incendiary Device’ at ICE Detention Center

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An armed 69-year-old man was fatally shot by police after he allegedly threw “incendiary devices” at an ICE detention center in Tacoma, Washington early Saturday.

Tacoma police shot William Van Spronsen following a confrontation with officers outside Tacoma’s North West Detention Center, ABC News reports.

Police were notified about the man armed with a rifle outside of the facility.

“It was reported the male was throwing incendiary devices at the Detention Center and then at vehicles in the parking lot,” a Tacoma Police Department statement said. “A vehicle was set on fire. The male attempted to ignite a large propane tank and set out buildings on fire. The male continued throwing lit objects at the buildings and cars.”

No police were injured.

It wasn’t immediately clear what motivated Van Spronsen.

FBI Arrests Former Trenton Cops Accused of Repeatedly Using Excessive Force

Chanzie Washington’s arrest was caught on a cop’s body cam.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI arrested a Trenton police officer as part of an excessive force investigation involving several alleged victims.

Officer Drew Inman was arrested at gunpoint at his hime at 6 a.m., “terrorizing” his wife and children, the officer’s attorney Jerome Ballarotto told the Trentonian.

The FBI also is investigating a former and current officer who was involved in the arrest.
This isn’t the first time Inman has been accused of using excessive force. After repeated allegations, he was fired last summer. Three excessive force lawsuits have been filed against him and the department.

Inman and another former officer, Anthony Villanueva, have been charged in a six-count indictment filed in U.S. District Court in Trenton last week. They’ve been chased with deprivation of civil rights under color of law and falsifying police records.

They face up to 20 years behind bars.

One of the cases involves the April 2017 arrest of Chanzie Washington, who was pummeled by cops.

FBI Agent Wounded, Suspect Killed, in Exchange of Gunfire in L.A.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

An exchange of gunfire wounded an FBI agent and left the suspect in a slaying dead during an attempted arresting Los Angeles on Tuesday morning.

LAPD officers fatally show the suspect, a man in his 70s, in the parking lot of a hotel about 11 a.m., the Los Angeles Times reports.

Police said the suspect opened fire on law enforcement with a handgun when they tried to garret him. Det. Meghan Aguilar, a spokeswoman for the LAPD, said police immediately returned fire.

The FBI agent was struck in the hand by shrapnel from a bullet and was taken to a hospital for treatment.

“He is undergoing surgery. He is in good spirits,” said FBI Special Agent Scott Garriola, who oversees the FBI’s hunt for dangerous fugitives in the L.A. region. “It was a gun battle.”

FBI Investigates Brutal Police Beating of Black Man for Jaywalking in N.C.

Johnnie Rush was beaten, chocked and tasered after jaywalking in North Carolina.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

A day after the FBI announced it was launching a criminal investigation into the brutal police beating and tasering of a black man stopped for jaywalking in North Carolina, the county’s district attorney filed felony assault charges against the white officer accused of using excessive force.

Asheville Police Officer Chris Hickman, who resigned following the bloody beating, was arrested Thursday on charges of felony assault by strangulation and misdemeanor assault inflicting serious injury and communicating threats, USA Today reports.

Prosecutors say Hickman beat, chocked and used a stun gun on Johnnie Rush, 33, of Asheville, after he was stopped on Aug. 24 for allegedly jaywalking.

Hickman posted a $10,000 unsecured bond and was free of jail at 8:45 p.m. Thursday.

The FBI’s investigation is expected to focus on potential civil rights violations.

A body camera affixed to Hickman showed him punching and chocking Rush, who could be heard multiple times saying he could not great breathe.

FBI agents from the Charlotte office interviewed Rush in January.

FBI Arrests Honolulu Current & Former Police Officer After Corruption Probe

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI investigation into corruption at the Honolulu Police Department resulted in the arrests of a current and former police officer Sunday.

Arrested were Officer Bobby Nguyen from the department’s Criminal Intelligence Unit and retired Officer Gordon Shiraishi, who was also with the intelligence unit, the Associated Press reports

The FBI has declined to discuss details of the investigation, but the probe was prompted by a federal investigation into retired Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha and his wife, Deputy Prosecutor Katherine Kealoha.

That case has been under investigation for at least two years.

Pennsylvania Cop Convicted of Stealing Money from FBI Sting Operation

courtroomBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Pennsylvania cop who stole money from a drug dealer and an FBI sting operation was convicted of theft and other charges Thursday.

After less than three hours of deliberation, the jury came back with a guilty verdict on charges of theft, record tampering and lying to federal investigators, PennLive reports.  

Fairview Township Police Officer Tyson Baker, 43, faces up prison time when he’s sentenced at a later date.

Baker was arrested after prosecutors said he stole $2,000 from a drug dealer in November 2015 and $3,000 from an FBI sting operation a month later.