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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 Feared Trenton City Hall Was on Verge of Becoming Controlled by Criminal Element

 

Mayor Tony Mack

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Something had to be done in Trenton.

That much was clear less than three months into Mayor Tony Mack’s administration when a government informant told the FBI that he feared the mob had taken over city hall, the Trenton Times reports.

FBI Supervisor Special Agent Mike Doyle was listening into a conversation between the informant and city hall insider Joseph “JoJo” Giorgianni. 

The surveillance prompted deep concerns that the Mack administration could potentially extort millions from city taxpayers, the Trenton Times wrote.

“Based on the allegations that Mr. Giorgianni made during those … initial meetings, I was fearful that an organized criminal element had taken over City Hall,” Doyle said. “And if so, I believe the cost to the taxpayers would be in the multi-million dollars as part of a criminal arrangement that had been inherent in the city.”

“That is the reason we had such a robust investigation,” said Doyle, who is a 17-year veteran of the FBI and was the lead agent on the case.

FBI Rushed Trenton Mayor Mack Investigation Because of Suspicions from Inner Circle

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI rushed its investigation into Trenton Mayor Tony Mack because agents were worried the administration knew about the probe, the Trenton Times reports

A city carpet salesman, who was Mack’s fraternity brother, warned the mayor of an investigation, prompting the FBI to scurry for search warrants. 

“We needed to execute immediately because we believed we were compromised in the investigation,” FBI Supervisory Special Agent Mike Doyle said.

Mack and his brother are accused of accepting bribes in exchange for fast-tracking the sale of property to build a garage, which actually was an FBI sting operation.

FBI Investigates Appearance of Signs with Rat in Connection with Trenton Mayor Case

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Just days after Joseph “JoJo” Giorgianni took a plea deal and implicated the Trenton Mayor Tony Mack in a corruption scheme, professionally looking signs began popping up that displayed “JoJo” and a rat, NJ.com reports.

The FBI is taking the signs seriously. 

“It’s more than crazy, it’s a serious crime,” Giorgianni’s attorney, Jerome Ballarotto said. “And Hamilton Township police doesn’t think it’s funny, and neither does the FBI.”

Giorgianni was arrested along with Mack and his brother Ralphiel in January.

Did FBI Conduct Warrantless Wiretapping of Trenton Mayor Tony Mack?

Mayor Tony Mack

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI was listening to Trenton Mayor Tony Mack’s cell phone calls for nearly six months under the authority of a court.

But that authorization ended two days after agents raided Mack’s home last summer, the NJ.com reports.

Government records now suggest agents continued to tap Mack’s phone, raising major questions surrounding the handling of the probe of the mayor of New Jersey’s capital city.

NJ.com wrote that defense attorneys are likely to challenges any warrantless wiretappings.

“It will come out at the time of motions,” said Jerome Ballarotto, a lawyer for Mack’s co-defendant Joseph “JoJo” Giorgianni.

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FBI Launches Another Investigation Involving Trenton City Hall

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Trenton, N.J. housing projects started under former Mayor Douglas Palmer are the subject of an FBI corruption investigation, the Trenton Times reports.

Developer Robert Kahan, who was involved in all five projects, is named in the subpoena obtained by the Trenton Times.

Palmer, who often used Kahan as a developer, told the Times he has not been contacted by the FBI and believes the probe is directed at Kahan and not the city or him.

The investigation appears to be unrelated to another investigation that led to the indictment of Trenton Mayor Tony Mack, who pleaded not guilty to six corruption charges in December.

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Feds Bring in Witnesses in Trenton Mayor Tony Mack Grand Jury

Mayor Tony Mack

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

 Federal prosecutors seeking an indictment of Trenton Mayor Tony Mack will present testimony Thursday to a grand jury in the corruption case, the Trenton Times reports.

Witnesses are expected to appear at the federal courthouse in Trenton beginning this morning as feds build their case against the mayor, his brother and campaign donor Joseph “JoJo” Giorgiann, all of whom were arrested Sept 10, the Times reported.

The arrests follow a two-year FBI probe.

The trio are accused of attempting to extort $119,000 in bribes in connection with a downtown parking garage project the ended up being an FBI sting, the Times reported.

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Trenton Mayor Tony Mack May Have Salary Slashed in Half Amidst Federal Bribery Probe

Mayor Tony Mack

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Complaining that Trenton Mayor Tony Mack hasn’t be working full-time since his arrest on federal bribery charges, the city council is considering cutting his salary by more than half, reports the Times of Trenton.

If the measure is approved, Mack’s annual salary would gall from $126,460 to $60,000.

“We’re making the position a part-time job based on the work that’s been done,” Council President Phyllis Holly-Ward said.

The mayor, who was arrested last month and charged with conspiring to extort bribes from FBI informants, is expected to appear at tonight’s council meeting, according to the Times of Trenton.

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