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Sheriff: Truck May Have Caused Fatal Injuries to Border Patrol Agent

Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez was found dead at the bottom of a ravine in west Texas.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Although President Trump quickly declared that two Border Patrol agents were brutally beaten by rocks in Texas last month, a local sheriff says the pair may have been struck by a tractor-trailer.

Culberson County Sheriff Oscar Carrillo told the Dallas Morning News he believes a tractor-trailer may have accidentally hit them.

Rogelio Martinez, 36, and his partner were found in a ravine along a treacherous stretch of land near Van Horn in West Texas, about 30 miles from the Mexican border.

Martinez died soon after following traumatic head injuries and broken memories. His partner, who has yet to be identified, reportedly can’t remember what happened and remains hospitalized.

“From the beginning we were radioed to assist in the incident as an injury, not an assault,” Carrillo said. “That’s the way it was communicated to us.”

A day after the injuries were reported, Trump tweeted, “Border Patrol Officer killed at Southern Border, another badly hurt. We will seek out and bring to justice those responsible. We will, and must, build the Wall!”

Trump added that the surviving agent had been “badly beaten.”

The union that represents Border Patrol agents, the National Border Patrol Council, suggested the agents were attacked.

But local authorities and the FBI are more skeptical.

The FBI is now offering a $45,000 reward for information leading to what caused the injuries and death.  

President Trump Eyes Controversial Sheriff David Clarke for Homeland Security Post

Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr., via Twitter

Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr., via Twitter

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Donald Trump is considering controversial Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. for a job with Homeland Security.

Clarke, who is a polarizing figure and longtime Trump supporter, is expected to be appointed as assistant secretary at Homeland Security’s Office of Partnership and Engagement, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.  No Senate confirmation is required for the job, which involves coordinating outreach to state and local law enforcement agencies.

Clarke is a frequent guest on Fox News and is a lightning rod for the GOP.

In 2015, Clarke participated in an NRA-backed trip to Russia, where he and others reportedly met with one of Russian President Putin’s deputies.

Former LA County Sheriff Convicted of Obstructing FBI Investigation into Jail

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, via Wikipedia.

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, via Wikipedia.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca was found guilty Wednesday of obstructing an FBI investigation involving corrupt and violent guards.

Baca, who was facing a second trial because a jury deadlocked last year, could spend up to 20 years behind bars, the Associated Press reports. 

Baca, 74, resigned in 2014 after the corruption investigation netted arrests among rank-and-file deputies in his inner circle.

In 2011, the FBI began investigating the department after jail guards found a contraband cellphone on an inmate who was acting as an FBI mole to record jail beatings.

“When defendant Baca learned the FBI and a federal grand jury was investigating, he obstructed, and when he learned the FBI has turned its focus on him, he lied,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Lizabeth Rhodes said.

The investigation revealed that deputies hid the FBI informant from federal agents by moving him to different jails and booking him under fake names.

Justice Department Wants Sheriff Gusman to Stop Operating Troubled Jail

Orleans Parish Jail.

Orleans Parish Jail.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department has asked a federal judge to remove New Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman’s authority to operate the jail after failing to comply with a 2013 consent decree, the Times-Picayune reports. 

The group of inmates who sued over the jail’s condition also is asking a judge to remove Gusman’s authority to run the jail.

Saying violence is still widespread and underreported in the jail, attorneys for the Justice Department and the plaintiff want the court to hand control over to another, unspecified entity.

“Urgent and extraordinary action is required of this Court to address the immediate risk of harm and death to the men, women and youth in the Jail,” the motion says.

Gusmam is not behind the plan and said he plans to “aggressively defend” the progress he has made.

“We recognize there is more work to be done but will not allow this move by the Plaintiffs to undermine the accomplishments and sacrifices of the hard working deputies and staff at the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office,” the statement says. 

Some Border Patrol Agents to Begin Using Russian-Designed Pistol with Rubber Bullets

border patrol 3By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Authorities who protect the nation’s border have long used stun guns on smugglers, migrants and human traffickers.

But with so much open space on the Southwest border, the stun guns have posed a problem because they can only reached about eight to 10 feet, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Now Border Patrol agents with the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office will soon begin using the Osa handgun, a Russian-designed break-action pistol that fires rubber bullets.

“Illegal immigrants don’t generally have guns, but they could be throwing rocks,” said Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, who demonstrated the weapon’s accuracy by striking a target 15 feet away. “I’ve seen those incidents end with someone getting shot, someone getting killed.”

The sheriff said fewer people will die as a result.

Border Patrol Release 14-Year Fugitive Before He Could Be Extradited

Border PatrolBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

After 14 years, authorities finally captured Luis Golberto-Molina, a fugitive wanted in Colorado for violating his felony probation from a 1998 burglary case.

Trouble is, Border Patrol agents released him after catching him trying to cross the border illegally into the U.S., ABC 7 reports. 

Yuma County authorities were incensed.

“The US Attorney’s Office declined to prosecute him for his aggravated illegal entry into the U.S., despite the fact that he still had an active warrant out of Colorado,” the Yuma County Undersheriff Adam Wills.

“A representative from CBP’s only response was, ‘We’ll get him next time,'” Wills stated.

Yuma County Sheriff Chad Day added, “It’s disappointing to say the least that CBP and ICE released this wanted felon after he had committed yet another crime by attempting to enter the country illegally, and after contacting my office to confirm we would extradite on this warrant.”

Border Patrol Reportedly Ordered Release of Immigrant Who Later Murdered Woman

Juan Emmanuel Razo

Juan Emmanuel Razo

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol officials are accused of ordering sheriff’s deputies in Ohio to release an undocumented immigrant who then murdered a 60-year-old woman, tried to kill another woman and attempted to rape a teenage girl, the Daily Caller reports. 

Juan Razo, 35, has been charged in the murder Monday of Margaret Kastelnick.

His crime spree allegedly began Monday morning with the attempted rape of a 14-year-old girl, followed by shooting another woman. The spree ended in the murder of Kastelnick at her home.

Razo, who has been in the U.S. for five years, was arrested following a shootout with police.

“Emmanuel Razo was secured while we spoke with Officer Rivera of U.S. Border Patrol, who later decided not to respond to take Emmanuel Razo into custody,” a Lake County sheriff’s deputy wrote in his report, according to WKYC. “[Razo] was warned not to return to this property. We cleared.”

LA Times Editorial: Indictment of L.A. County Undersheriff Holds Highest Officias Accountable

By Editorial Board
Los Angeles Times

The encouraging message in the indictment Thursday of former Los Angeles County Undersheriff Paul Tanaka on charges of obstructing an FBI investigation into the jails is that wrongdoers at the highest level of county government will be held accountable.

The indictments of Tanaka and former Capt. William “Tom” Carey, who oversaw the department’s internal criminal investigations, end the worry that federal prosecutors only went after the frontline deputies. So what about then-Sheriff Lee Baca? Did he direct Tanaka to frustrate the FBI probe? Or was he perhaps so detached and clueless that he could not see what Tanaka and other top department officials were doing under his nose?

That’s important, because for months it appeared that top leaders of the Sheriff’s Department might escape consequences for any role they played in separating a jailed bank robber-turned FBI informant from his handlers in a 2011 federal probe into abuse of inmates by deputies. Seven deputies were convicted and sentenced last year in the scheme to conceal the informant while Tanaka, rumored to be the mastermind of the operation, campaigned to become the new sheriff. Jim McDonnell easily defeated him, but in the ensuing months there were only occasional hints that Tanaka ultimately might be held to answer for any misdeeds.

It’s necessary to keep in mind that although Tanaka and Carey were indicted on suspicion of obstruction of justice, the underlying investigation targeted brutality in the jails; that investigation is ongoing. The structure, culture and oversight of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department all contributed to a pattern of abuse of inmates and substandard jail conditions, problems that were so severe that they overshadowed the coverups, aggressive deputy cliques, racially biased patrolling in the Antelope Valley and other intolerable practices.

Some of those problems appear to have been exacerbated upon Baca’s appointment of Tanaka as undersheriff, and it will be tempting to believe they began at that point and ended with Tanaka’s 2013 retirement, last year’s election, Thursday’s indictment or some future indictment or conviction.