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Justice Department Finds Implicit Bias Against People of Color in New Report

ca_-_san_francisco_policeBy Steve Neavling

A six-month Justice Department investigation of the San Francisco Police Department revealed numerous problems, including an institutional bias against people of color.

The report said, “The deficiencies identified range from outdated use of force policies to inadequate data collection and lack of accountability measures. The assessment team identified disparities in traffic stops, post-stop searches, and use of deadly force against African-Americans. In addition, there are numerous indicators of implicit and institutionalized bias against minority groups,” according to CNN. 

The Justice Department recommended more than 27 change in the police department following an investigation sparked by several officer-involved fatal shootings.

Most of the cases of deadly use of force involved people of color.

“The truth hurts,” said Ronald Davis, director of the Justice Department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. ”To be selectively ignorant and pretend nothing is going on around you is ultimately going to be fatal to your organization.”

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee pledged to pledged to respond to the findings.

“The SFPD will accept and implement every single recommendation. We must restore trust, ” Lee said. “We have worked hard to put reforms in place. We did not wait for the DOJ report to become final.”

Other Stories of Interest

New Special Agent in Charge of San Fransisco Division Played Key Role in iPhone Hack

Apple-iphoneBy Steve Neavling

Just two months before Jack Bennett became special agent in charge of the FBI’s San Francisco division in May, the 52-year-old played a key role in accessing the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone.

Bennet was working at the FBI’s computer investigation lab in Quantico, Va., when the bureau received help from an outside company to hack into the iPhone, the Associated Press reports. 

“There wasn’t high fives, and there weren’t people singing down the hallways,” he recalled. “It was very much business. ‘OK, let’s move forward to the next steps. Let’s get on the phone. What do we need to do to purchase the tool?'”

Bennett, who has nearly 30 years of experience in law enforcement, has battled drug smuggling operations for the DEA before tackling child sex crimes and animal rights extremists for the FBI.

“The U.S. government sometimes loses sight of what is important to corporations … and privacy is incredibly important,” Bennett said during a recent interview at his office.

Michael Gavin to Head Up FBI’s Memphis Division

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By Allan Lengel

Michael Gavin, who recently served as section chief of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division’s National Covert Operations Section,  has been named special agent in charge  of  the Memphis Division, the FBI announced Tuesday. He will assume the new post in mid-August.

Gavin began his FBI career in 1995 and was first assigned to the Las Vegas Division, where he investigated white-collar crime, violent crime and organized crime.

During his 21-year career with the FBI he has worked investigations in the  Criminal Investigative Division, International Operations Division and Inspection Division and held leadership positions in Montgomery, Ala., San Francisco and D.C., according to a press release.


Man Accused of Stealing FBI Agent’s Gun, Badge from Car is Charged

fbigunbadgeBy Steve Neavling

The man accused of stealing an FBI agent’s gun, badge, cellphone and credentials from a parked car in San Francisco has been arrested and charged.

Michael Delton Gregory Jr., of San Francisco, was charged with two felonies punishable by up to 30 years in prison after he was arrested May 31, two days after the theft, the Mercury News reports. 

Federal agents also reported finding baggies of cocaine weighing 5.4 grams and about $1,400 in case while serving a warrant at Gregory’s home.

The theft was captured on video footage, as was the suspect and his car.

FBI Agent’s Gun, Badge, Credentials Stolen from Car in San Francisco

fbigunbadgeBy Steve Neavling

An FBI agent reported that someone stole his gun, badge and credentials from his car in San Francisco on Sunday, marking the latest theft of a weapon from law enforcement.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the agent said his car was broken into around 12:30 p.m.

Stolen were a .40-caliber Glock 27, a badge and credentials.

In January, there handguns were stolen from an FBI vehicle parked in the Bay Area. A month later, a handgun was stolen after an ICE agent left the weapon on his car.

Bold Thief Steals 3 Handguns, Agent’s Badge from FBI Vehicle

fbi badgeBy Steve Neavling

A bold thief stole three handguns and an FBI agent’s badge and credentials from a locked vehicle in the San Francisco Bay Area in what is the latest theft of stolen firearms from law enforcement vehicles, the Associated Press reports. 

Stolen were two 40-caliber Glocks and one .45-caliber handgun as the vehicle was parked in a residential neighborhood of Benicia, FBI spokeswoman Gina Swankie said.

The FBI declined to release details, including why the weapons and other FBI property were left inside the vehicle overnight. But the spokeswoman said a $5,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the stolen property.

“Our primary objective is recovery of the items stolen and identification and arrest of the individuals involved,” Swankie said. “There’s a lot of information that would be premature to offer at this time.”

Super Bowl: Feds Worried About ‘Complex Plot’ Involving Severed Fiber Optics

Levi's Stadium, via Wikipedia.

Levi’s Stadium, via Wikipedia.

By Steve Neavling

Federal investigators are trying to determine whether recent attacks on the fiber optic systems in California are tied to a “more complex plot” against the Super Bowl in the San Francisco area.

Internal memos between the FBI and Homeland Security show that intelligence analysts are worried about a series of unsolved incidents in which fiber optic cables were deliberately severed in the Bay Area, NBC reports. 

The memo detailed risks that include the fiber optic system, drones and attacks in crowded areas outside of Levi’s Stadium.

Still, the memo read, “The FBI and DHS have no information to indicate any specific, credible threats to or associated with Super Bowl 50 or related events.”

The memo also warned that attacks by an individual – as opposed to a larger terrorist group – “are of particular concern.”

Between July 2014 and June 2014, at least 10 fiber optic cables were deliberately severed in areas relatively close to the stadium.

Attacks on Fiber Networks in California Continue to Baffle Investigators

san-franciscoBy Steve Neavling

Investigators continue to struggle to determine who was responsible for more than a dozen attacks on fire optic infrastructures San Francisco’s Bay Area.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the attacker or attackers have cut cables that carry “billions to bits of Internet data.”

The attacks disrupt Internet service, financial transaction and emergency phone calls.

Authorities aren’t even clear on a motive.

“Everyone recognizes that there seems to be a pattern of events here,” said John Lightfoot,assistant deputy agent in charge at the FBI’s San Francisco office. “We really need the assistance of the public to reach out and help solve this one.”