We Know Terrifyingly Little About How Cops in New York Track Cell Phones

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By Max Rivlin-Nadler | Vice.com February 18, 2016 For the past several years, police departments across America have been using a nifty new piece of technology to trace the location of suspects. IMSI-catchers—commonly known as “StingRays” after the most popular brand name—are small boxes that gather all cell signals in a given area by mimicking […]

Hear the lies that federal prosecutors say Sheriff Lee Baca told them Baca interviewed by feds

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By Cindy Chang, Joel Rubin and Jack LeonardContact Reporters |LATIMES.COM February 13, 2016 Retired Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca pleaded guilty this week to a felony count of making a false statement in the jail abuse scandal that led him to step down in 2014. In a plea deal filed in court Wednesday, Baca […]

The gangster warlords of Latin America

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Ioan Grillo | GlobalPost 7:59 a.m. EST January 27, 2016 Former GlobalPost correspondent Ioan Grillo came face-to-face with violent narcos across the Americas for his new book “Gangster Warlords.” The following is an excerpt based on his reporting in Brazil. “Cocaina,” the bony teenager calls out, standing on a dirt street behind a table that […]

Alleged theft by FBI agent places prosecutions in jeopardy


Scott Glover | CNN Thu October 22, 2015 | Updated 10:03 AM ET Los Angeles (CNN)For two years, investigators decoded text messages, conducted surveillance and leaned on informants to unravel a drug trafficking network that allegedly distributed heroin and methamphetamine in a city park and California prisons. The painstaking work resulted in a sweeping federal […]

Las Vegas Police Take On 20,000 Gang Members

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by Rachel Christiansen | Nevada Public Radio | KNPR June 25, 2015 In Southern Nevada, about 20,000 people identify themselves as gang members. That’s about six of every 1,000 Nevada residents. That puts Nevada in the top five states for the number of gang members, according to the FBI. While many gangs originated in California, […]

LASD’s Paul Tanaka, Tom Carey plead not guilty

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By Marc Cota-Robles , Miriam Hernandez and Lisa Bartley | ABC 7 News Thursday, May 14, 2015 06:46PM LOS ANGELES (KABC) –Former LASD Undersheriff Paul Tanaka and former LASD Captain Tom Carey are out on bond after pleading not guilty to federal charges of obstructing an FBI investigation into brutality and corruption in the Los […]

FBI to probe alleged gladiator-style inmate fights, S.F. County sheriff says

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By Veronica Rocha | LA Times March 13, 2015 The FBI will investigate allegations that deputies forced inmates to perform gladiator-style fights for gambling and entertainment purposes, the San Francisco County sheriff said. Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi has also requested independent investigations from California Attorney General Kamala Harris and the U.S. Attorney’s office. “Call it a […]

Father of LAPD murder suspect charged in federal complaint


Streetgangs.com March 26, 2015 | 5:31 p.m. LOS ANGELES – The father of Henry Solis, the LAPD fugitive wanted in the March 13 homicide of Salome Rodriguez in Pomona, was arrested at his home in Lancaster, CA. According to a federal complaint filed in the United States District Court in El Paso, Texas, the father, […]

Second Suspect Arrested in Ambush Attack on Two LAPD Officers in South L.A.


By Kennedy Ryan / KTLA 5 News Posted 8:42 PM, December 31, 2014, Updated at 02:22am, January 1, 2015 A second man sought in the ambush attack on two LAPD officers in South Los Angeles was arrested in Las Vegas, the FBI confirmed on Wednesday. The officers from the LAPD’s 77th Division were responding to […]

Boyle Heights gang, Big Hazard, indicted by Justice Department


Stefani Camille WWW.Streetgangs.com December 10, 2014 LOS ANGELES – Members of the East Los Angeles street gang located in Boyle Heights known as the Big Hazard gang were arrested and charged in a federal RICO indictment. Nearly 800 LAPD and Federal agents converged upon several addresses in Los Angeles County and arrested 25 alleged members […]

One of LAPD’s most-wanted fugitives, sought in four killings, is captured

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By Joseph Serna / LA Times November 14, 2014 A fugitive connected to four killings and considered one of the Los Angeles Police Department’s most wanted criminals has been caught, federal authorities announced. Eduardo Rodriguez, 35, was captured by U.S. marshals on Thursday in the 3500 block of Farnham Place in Riverside, where he had […]

Feds: Teen Arrested at O’Hare, Wanted to Join ISIS

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By JAMES HILL / ABC News Oct 6, 2014, 12:19 PM ET An Illinois teenager was arrested Saturday at a major airport as authorities say he was attempting to travel to the Middle East to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Mohammed Hamzah Khan, a 19-year-old U.S. citizen from Bolingbrook, appeared in […]