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FBI Investigating Rochester Cop Accused of Choking Handcuffed Suspect

rochester-police-patchBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating a Rochester police officer after he was captured on video choking a handcuffed suspect.

The officer, a 27-year veteran whose name has not been released. was suspended with pay, the Democrat & Chronicle reports.

The FBI is trying to determine whether the civil rights of the dirt bike driver was violated by police when he was thrown to the ground following a traffic stop.

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren called the video, captured by a police body camera, “disturbing.”

“It does appear the individual was handcuffed and choked,” the mayor said. ” His civil rights could have been violated.”

The Rochester office of the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s office “have opened a civil rights investigation into the (April 14) Rochester police department incident,” said FBI spokeswoman Maureen Dempsey.

“The FBI will collect all available facts and evidence and will ensure the investigation is conducted in a fair, thorough and impartial manner,” she said.

The arrest happened when police were responding to a large fight in the early hours of April 14.

Council President Loretta Scott, who viewed the video, said it sounded like the suspect was struggling to breathe.

The suspect was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

FBI: Missing Girl Likely Abducted, Raped, Shot, Fed to Alligators

Brittanee Drexel, who went missing seven years ago.

Brittanee Drexel, who went missing seven years ago.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Gruesome new details have emerged in the case of a missing teenage girl who disappeared from Myrtle Beach seven years ago.

The FBI now believes 17-year-old Brittanee Drexel, of Rochester, NY, was “abducted, gang-raped, shot to death and thrown into an alligator-infested swamp,” the New York Daily News writes.

The information comes from a prison inmate, who said he was present during the killing.

“Several witnesses have told us Miss Drexel’s body was placed in a pit, or gator pit, to have her body disposed of. Eaten by the gators,” FBI Agent Gerrick Munoz said.

At least two people have been implicated in the case so far.

Feds Arrest Naturalized U.S. Citizen After Allgedly Threatening to Kill Returning American Troops

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A naturalized U.S. citizen from Yemen planned to use firearms to kill returning American troops and Shitte Muslims living in the Rochester area, the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reports.

The suspect, Mufid Elfgeeh made no secret of his hatred for the U.S. on Twitter.

Announcing his allegiance with al-Qaeda, he tweeted, “”al-Qaeda said it loud and clear; we are fighting the American invasion and their hegemony over the earth and the people.”

Another tweet advocated martyrdom and asked for donations for jihadists.

Elfgeeh, 30, is charged with two counts of illegally receiving and possessing unwarranted firearm silencers.

The investigation continues.

Agent-In-Charge of ATF’s Rochester Field Office Is Finalist for Massachusetts Police Job

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Scott Heagney, agent-in-charge of the ATF’s Rochester field office, is the finalist for the position of police chief of Firchburg, Mass.

The Sentinel & Enterprise reports that Scott Heagney was selected by Mayor Lisa Wong to replace Police Chief Robert DeMoura.

Heagney began his career serving five years with the Franklin Police Department.

“I was extremely impressed with Scott’s grounding in police work and his out-of-the-box career at the ATF — both will serve Fitchburg well as we grapple with many complex issues facing towns across the country,” Wong said. “Mr. Heagney did incredibly well during the Assessment Center conducted on several of the applicants by the search firm, Badgequest.”

The city council will consider the appointment on March 18.

“I have risen through the ranks of a local Massachusetts police department as well as a federal law enforcement agency,” Heagney wrote in his cover letter. “I believe the police are in the service business and must be responsive to big and/or small problems and concerns alike, with equal energy and vigor.”

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Drug Bust in Upstate New York Charges Nine in Crack Network

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Nine people were in indicted on Friday in a suspected narcotics ring near Rochester, N.Y., ABC reports.

Between 2008 and 2012, authorities from local police precincts and the ATF say, the indicted used rental properties to distribute 280 grams of crack and five kilograms of cocaine. They also face weapons charges, according to ABC. At least one suspect is also linked to an additional shooting.

Cedric Lewis, Matthew Latson, Printice Latson, Robert Baxter, Earnst Baker, Keith Ruther, Lamar Nelson, and Leandro Jones are in custody, says ABC, but Eric Bradley is still not in custody.

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