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Man accused of shooting at feds during pre-dawn raid expressed surprise that he fired on law enforcement, agent says

“Assistant U.S. Attorney Ranya Elzein said, however, that case law says a shooter need not know they were firing on a federal agent to face such an assault charge” writes Cleveland Com for cleveland.com. An agent fired one shot back, Sullin testified.He made his statement about shooting at law enforcement after he was out of the car and agents cuffed him, Sullin said.The 34 year old faces federal charges, including assault on an agent and felon in possession of a firearm. Source: cleveland.com

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FBI and Prosecutors Try Speaking Plainly About Domestic Terrorism

“Herdman is among a group of federal law enforcement officials who have begun speaking more forthrightly about fighting domestic terrorism from the front lines” writes This Story Was for seattletimes.com. Prosecutors have backed rewriting the laws on domestic terrorism.An existing federal statute defines domestic terrorism roughly as people trying to use political violence to intimidate others but carries no penalties.Herdman’s office has charged others with making threats against federal law enforcement officers and against Rep. Source: seattletimes.com

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Price-fixing prosecutions under Trump are at a historic low for third year

“The figure, an improvement on 2018, meant the Trump administration has brought fewer criminal antitrust prosecutions than any U.S. government for almost half a century” writes Kadhim Shubber for latimes.com. Criminal prosecutions for price-fixing under President Trump have remained at historic lows for a third consecutive year, a drop-off in enforcement against big business cartels not seen since the 1970s.The decline has accompanied a significant reduction in the number of attorneys and other staff in the units of the antitrust division responsible for criminal enforcement. Source: latimes.com

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Republicans join drive to give Border Patrol body cameras

“Kyrsten Sinema asked her Senate colleagues to include the same block of funding for body cameras on federal law enforcement at the border” reports washingtonexaminer.com. Two House Republicans from southern border states are pushing appropriators to include millions of dollars in a 2020 funding bill to put body cameras on all U.S. Customs and Border Protection law enforcement personnel.Debbie Lesko and David Schweikert asked that an additional $21 million be included in the chamber’s fiscal 2020 funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security. Source: washingtonexaminer.com

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Top Democrat floats pension fix to White House as lawmakers near final decision on new NAFTA vote

“But it comes amid intensified negotiations aimed at securing congressional approval of the updated trade deal” writes Erica Werner for washingtonpost.com. If Congress shortened the exclusivity period from its current 12 years to something less than the 10 years provided in the trade deal, the text would automatically “ratchet” down to reflect the change.Trumka also said that the addition of the Butch Lewis Act, which he supports, would not be enough on its own to win AFL-CIO backing for a trade deal that does not meet their standards. Source: washingtonpost.com

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Police officers are rejecting Beto O’Rourke’s gun control authoritarianism

“Law enforcement has a proud tradition of considering itself the thin blue line between order and chaos, between good and evil” reports washingtonexaminer.com. I was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police for many years before retiring from law enforcement.In a Tuesday morning appearance on , the Fraternal Order of Police National Vice President Joe Gamaldi illustrated this in a stunning rebuke of Beto O’Rourke’s plan to use law enforcement to confiscate lawfully-purchased firearms.We have seen this kind of reflexive push back by law enforcement against infringing on citizens’…

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Trump to speak to police chiefs group in Chicago on Monday, White House confirms

“Trump has been focusing on Chicago crime since his 2016 presidential campaign, accusing city leaders of thwarting police” writes Neil Steinberg for suntimes.com. Pushing back, Chicago officials have declared Chicago a sanctuary city in the wake of Trump’s immigration crackdowns and have fought other policy directives from the Trump White House, including an attempt to deny law enforcement grants. Source: suntimes.com

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‘Emotionally disturbed persons’: De Blasio mandates NYPD change language when referring to mental health

“One in five New Yorkers suffers from a mental health condition” reports washingtonexaminer.com. Some specifically targeted the city’s choice to have mental health specialists deal with potentially unstable situations.Other measures taken by the city would require mental health professionals instead of law enforcement to respond to certain types of calls.A new measure from New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio suggests the New York City Police Department change their language when responding to calls relating to someone in a mental health crisis. Source: washingtonexaminer.com

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How overcriminalization is turning everyday Americans into lawbreakers

“While the transgressions involved often warrant a societal response, defaulting to the criminal justice system raises the risk of over punishment” reports washingtonexaminer.com. Lars Trautman is a senior fellow of criminal justice and civil liberties policy at the R Street Institute and a former assistant district attorney.In either instance, though, our fate is subject to the whims of fortune and law enforcement discretion.Perhaps nowhere is the absurdity of current law on better display than at the federal level.But neither luck nor case-by-case law enforcement judiciousness provide a solid basis on…

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