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Attacks on Border Patrol Agents Increased 179% Over Past 5 Months

File photo of a Border Patrol agent.

File photo of a Border Patrol agent.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol agents are increasingly becoming victims of violence, according to new data from Homeland Security.

From Oct. 1, 2016, to Feb. 28, 2017, attacks against agents increased 179% from the same period last year, KXAN.com reports.

“We are becoming more effective in dealing with the increase in assaults and flow of traffic, we’re making sure our agents are prepared to address any tactics and/or force that is used against us,” said McAllen Station Patrol Agent in Charge Melissa Lucio. “Our priority is to ensure that everybody is safe and that we have an appropriate response to assaults on our agents.”

The attacks involved weapons, projectiles and close-quarters fighting.

FBI: Fewer Law Enforcement Officials Killed in 2015 Than Previous Years

badge-policeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The number of law enforcement officials killed in 2015 is one of the lowest on record, according to newly released FBI data.

FBI records indicate 41 police officers were intentionally killed the U.S., a 20% decline from the year before, the Huffington Post reports. 

Of the officers shot, all but three were shot by a suspect. The others were intentionally hit by cars.

“Any felonious death of a police officer is a tragedy, but the data show that the police officers’ job is not becoming more deadly,” David Harris, a professor of law at University of Pittsburgh School of Law who studies policing, told The Huffington Post.

“The FBI statistics on police officer felonious deaths show that belief that the job is growing more dangerous, because of protests against police or because of the demand for reform to police practices, is simply wrong,” Harris wrote in an email. “Belief to the contrary may be sincere, but it has no basis in fact.”

Since 1980, the average number of law enforcement officers killed each year was 64.

FBI Director Suggests Increased Scrutiny of Police May Lead to More Violence

FBI Director James Comey

FBI Director James Comey

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James Comey suggested that violence may have increased because of the rising scrutiny of police following the high-profile shootings of unarmed black people.

Speaking at the Chicago Law School on Friday, Comey acknowledged he had no data to support his claims, the New York Times reports. 

“I don’t know whether that explains it entirely, but I do have a strong sense that some part of the explanation is a chill wind that has blown through American law enforcement over the last year,” Mr. Comey said in a speech at the University of Chicago Law School.

The Times wrote that Comey’s view is not shared by many experts and runs counter to the Justice Department holding police more accountable.

FBI Director Comey Offers to Help Cities Deal with Escalation of Violence

FBI Director James Comey

FBI Director James Comey

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James Comey expressed an urgency Wednesday in cracking down on a surge in violent crimes in inner cities.

Comey said he’s committed to helping local agencies with investigations and other tools, The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. 

The violence, he said, was affecting “younger men of color killing each other … and there are no lives that do not matter.”

Comey noted an escalation of violence in Cincinnati, Columbus, Chicago and Washington D.C.

“There are cities with nothing in common where this is happening,” said Comey, who was appointed to a 10-year term in 2013. “We have hit historic lows for violent crime recently, and if we let it slide back, we will need to explain to those who come after us what we did or didn’t to let that happen.”

Comey called for cooperation among law enforcement agencies.

“I’m not here announcing any big initiative or program … but we have a lot of smart people who we brought on board after 9/11 who may be able to help look at the issue differently,” Comey said. “We definitely need to bring more folks to bear.”

Philadelphia Universities Warned of ‘Unspecified’ Threat of Violence Today

Via University of Pennsylvania website.

Via University of Pennsylvania website.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI warned of an “unspecified” threat of violence at universities in Philadelphia.

The USA Today reports warned students and faculty of threats made against “an unspecified university near Philadelphia.”

The FBI and ATF are monitoring the threats and issued the warnings.

Alerts were sent to students and faculty at the University of Philadelphia, Temple University and Drexel University.

The schools plan to operate normally but students were warned on university websites to be vigilant.

“Although the FBI has assured us there is no specific threat to a particular college or university, we are taking this very seriously and are taking extra precautions to protect the Drexel community,” a statement read on Drexel University’s website.

AG Loretta Lynch Tested with Baltimore Riot, Releases Plan of Action

Loretta Lynch

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

New Attorney General Loretta Lynch received her first big test after riots broke out in Baltimore this week.

Lynch, the first black female attorney general, released a statement soon after violence broke out, examining what happened and “going beyond the criminal civil right investigations” launched last week by her predecessor Eric Holder into the death of Freddie Gray, The National Journal reports.

Read Lynch’s statement:

“I condemn the senseless acts of violence by some individuals in Baltimore that have resulted in harm to law enforcement officers, destruction of property and a shattering of the peace in the city of Baltimore.  Those who commit violent actions, ostensibly in protest of the death of Freddie Gray, do a disservice to his family, to his loved ones, and to legitimate peaceful protestors who are working to improve their community for all its residents.

“The Department of Justice stands ready to provide any assistance that might be helpful.  The Civil Rights Division and the FBI have an ongoing, independent criminal civil rights investigation into the tragic death of Mr. Gray.  We will continue our careful and deliberate examination of the facts in the coming days and weeks.  The department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services has also been fully engaged in a collaborative review of the Baltimore City Police Department.  The department’s Community Relations Service has already been on the ground, and they are sending additional resources as they continue to work with all parties to reduce tensions and promote the safety of the community.  And in the coming days, Vanita Gupta, head of the Civil Rights Division, and Ronald Davis, Director of Community Oriented Policing Services, will be traveling to Baltimore to meet with faith and community leaders, as well as city officials.

“As our investigative process continues, I strongly urge every member of the Baltimore community to adhere to the principles of nonviolence.  In the days ahead, I intend to work with leaders throughout Baltimore to ensure that we can protect the security and civil rights of all residents.  And I will bring the full resources of the Department of Justice to bear in protecting those under threat, investigating wrongdoing, and securing an end to violence.”

Newly Minted Attorney General Loretta Lynch Weighs in On Baltimore, Condemns Violence

Loretta Lynch

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

On Monday, the same day that she was sworn in as the nation’s 83rd Attorney, Loretta Lynch had to deal with a heavy issue: Rioting in Baltimore.

Lynch issued a statement:

“I condemn the senseless acts of violence by some individuals in Baltimore that have resulted in harm to law enforcement officers, destruction of property and a shattering of the peace in the city of Baltimore. Those who commit violent actions, ostensibly in protest of the death of Freddie Gray, do a disservice to his family, to his loved ones, and to legitimate peaceful protestors who are working to improve their community for all its residents.

“The Department of Justice stands ready to provide any assistance that might be helpful. The Civil Rights Division and the FBI have an ongoing, independent criminal civil rights investigation into the tragic death of Mr. Gray. We will continue our careful and deliberate examination of the facts in the coming days and weeks. The department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services has also been fully engaged in a collaborative review of the Baltimore City Police Department. The department’s Community Relations Service has already been on the ground, and they are sending additional resources as they continue to work with all parties to reduce tensions and promote the safety of the community. And in the coming days, Vanita Gupta, head of the Civil Rights Division, and Ronald Davis, Director of Community Oriented Policing Services, will be traveling to Baltimore to meet with faith and community leaders, as well as city officials.

“As our investigative process continues, I strongly urge every member of the Baltimore community to adhere to the principles of nonviolence. In the days ahead, I intend to work with leaders throughout Baltimore to ensure that we can protect the security and civil rights of all residents. And I will bring the full resources of the Department of Justice to bear in protecting those under threat, investigating wrongdoing, and securing an end to violence.”

FBI Study: Steep Rise in Mass Shootings as More People Die; Shootings Often End Before Police Arrive

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A new study by the FBI reveals that mass shootings are on the rise and killing more people.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the study found 160 “active-shooter” events from 2000 to 2013.

The study defines an “active shooter” as “an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a populated area.”

The average number of active-shooter incidents in a year was 16.4 between 2006 and 2013, a steep rise from an average 6.4 a year from 2000 to 2006.

In those periods, 486 people were killed and 557 wounded.

Interestingly, the study found that the shootings often lasted less than two minutes and two-thirds ended before police arrived.

“Many active shooters have a real or perceived deeply held personal grievance, and the only remedy that they can perceive for that grievance is an act of catastrophic violence against a person or an institution,” said FBI behavioral analysis expert Andre Simons.