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Madigan Asks United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division to Investigate Chicago Police Department Practices

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Madigan Letter to United States Attorney General Lynch Calls for Outside, Independent Investigation into CPD

CHICAGO, IL ─ Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan requested the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division to initiate an investigation to determine whether practices by the Chicago Police Department violate the Constitution and federal law.

In a letter to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Madigan asked for an investigation into the Chicago Police Department’s use of force, including deadly force; the adequacy of its review and investigation of officers’ use of force and investigation of allegations of misconduct; its provision of training, equipment and supervision of officers to allow them to do their job safely and effectively; and whether there exists a pattern or practice of discriminatory policing.

Madigan said an investigation by the U.S. DOJ Civil Rights Division is necessary and appropriate, given its experience investigating the practices of police departments across the country and based on its experience prosecuting former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge. An investigation by the DOJ Civil Rights Division also ensures there is an outside, independent review of CPD practices.

Madigan issued the following statement regarding her letter:

“The shocking death of Laquan McDonald is the latest tragedy in our city that highlights serious questions about the use of unlawful and excessive force by Chicago police officers and the lack of accountability for such abuse. Trust in the Chicago Police Department is broken. Chicago cannot move ahead and rebuild trust between the police and the community without an outside, independent investigation into its police department to improve policing practices. I know the vast majority of officers in the Chicago Police Department serve with bravery, honor and integrity. The children in all of Chicago’s communities deserve to grow up in a city in which they are protected and served by the police.”


Black Lives Matter Responds to Firing of Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy

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Black Lives Matter statement:

Chicago views the firing of Superintendent Garry McCarthy as a victory and as testament to the ongoing work in the City to demand the police be held accountable for criminal acts of violence and murder.

Gary McCarthy was complicit in covering up the execution of young Laquan McDonald, however BLMChi asserts that the entire system of policing and City government was also complicit. State’s Attorney, Anita Alvarez, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel also participated in conspiring to cover up evidence in the murder execution of Laquan McDonald. Through lies issued to the press, the truth was further obfuscated by police statements alleging that Laquan had PCP in his system and was brandishing a knife. The autopsy reports proves that PCP was not in Laquan’s system and the dashcam footage proves that he was not wielding a knife.

What has resulted is exposure of the pervasiveness of corruption that is embedded in every level of government in Chicago. Anita Alvarez, Rahm Emanuel and the CPD are all complicit in fostering a system committed to absolving police of wrongdoing at all costs, instead of a commitment to ensuring the people of Chicago are safe, and that all publicly funded government entities carry out their sworn duties to serve the people of Chicago. The actions of Gary McCarthy, Anita Alvarez and Rahm Emmanuel expose their complicity in a long system of brutal policing in Chicago which includes the creation of Homan Square – a black site, the brutality of former commander Jon Burge – who tortured over 119 Black men, and the continued torture and murder and brutality that is a day to day reality of policing in the City of Chicago.


We demand that Alvarez and Emanuel resign from their office. We demand and that the dash-cam video of Ronald “Ronnieman” Johnson, who was killed by CPD officer George Hernandez just 8 days before the murder of Laquan on October 12, 2014, be immediately released per the lawsuit filed by Johnson’s mother, Dorothy Holmes. The refusal to release the video of Johnson’s murder is further evidence of Alvarez’s and Emmanuel’s continued complicity and refusal to hold police accountable for taking the lives of innocent civilians. A complete overhaul of the entire system is needed, and all parties involved in the cover ups of police murder must be held accountable to the people of Chicago.

About Black Lives Matter Chicago:

Black Lives Matter Chicago is an ideological and political intervention in a world where Black lives are systematically and intentionally targeted for demise. It is an affirmation of Black peoples’ contributions to this society, our humanity, and our resilience in the face of deadly oppression. Our priorities are to amplify our collective knowledge and applied practices toward abolishing anti-Blackness, and to honor the organizing and mobilization put forth by various Chicago based organizations, collectives, projects and individuals within the expansive, intersectional Black Lives Matter network.

Mother Sues Houston Police Department For Killing Her Unarmed Son

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Janet Baker, Mother of Jordan Baker, & Her Attorney Will Speak at
3 PM Press Conference in Front of Federal Court, 515 Rusk St, Houston

HOUSTON – The mother of an unarmed black college student, as administrator of his estate, shot to death by a Houston police officer in January 2014, sued the City in federal court here this morning. Jordan Baker was 26-years-old and is also survived by his 7-year-old son.

Janet Baker and her attorney, David B. Owens of the Chicago-based civil rights law firm Loevy & Loevy, will speak at a 3 PM, December 2, 2015 press conference in front of the federal courthouse at 515 Rusk Street.

As with the police shooting case which yesterday prompted the firing of Chicago’s police superintendent, Baker’s killing has grown controversial due to the fact that he was unarmed at the time of the shooting, and due to the continued refusal of Houston Police to release video evidence of the incident even well after Baker’s death.

The video recordings, the suit alleges, provide evidence that the officer who shot Jordan Baker, Juventino Castro, provided a false account of his encounter with Baker. In addition, the suit alleges Castro’s purported excuse for shooting the unarmed Baker —that he put his hand “near his waistband” after fleeing Castro—is an excuse to attempt to justify the shooting.

In fact, the suit alleges, an unarmed person “reaching near his waistband” has been the excuse invoked in at least two previous high-profile Houston police-involved shootings, those of Steven Guidry 2010 and Ricardo Salazar-Limon in 2012. The suit also takes direct aim at the Houston Police Department’s policies which, the suit alleges, permit the disproportionate detention and shooting of African-American city residents.

“This law suit is about accountability,” said Owens. “The family of Jordan Baker, like the community of Houston residents, deserves both transparency and truth. Without a public accounting of incidents like the shooting of unarmed Jordan Baker, which can only happen once the video evidence has been made public, it is impossible for the community to be able to keep officers accountable and, therefore, remain confident in their own government.”

A copy of today’s suit, Estate of Jordan Baker by and through administrator, Janet Baker, v. Houston, et al., No. 4:15-cv-03495, may be found here.

Loevy & Loevy is the largest civil rights law firm in the Midwest and has won more multi-million dollar jury verdicts than any other civil rights law firm in the entire country over the past decade.

Bernie Sanders Outpolls GOP White House Hopefuls

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‘Most Trusted’ Candidate of All Does ‘Even Better’ than Clinton in General Election Matchups


BURLINGTON, Vt. – Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders beats the most popular Republican White House hopefuls by margins as big or bigger than Hillary Clinton, according to a new Quinnipiac University Poll released on Wednesday.

“The survey demonstrated Sanders’ remarkable strength as a general election candidate based on his enormous popularity among young voters, his standing as the most trusted candidate and his strength with independents,” said Jeff Weaver, Sanders’ campaign manager. “This is the latest evidence that Bernie is the most electable candidate the Democrats could nominate.”

In the head-to-head pairings, Sanders “does just as well, or even better, against top Republicans” than Clinton, according to Douglas Schwartz, the Quinnipiac poll director. Sanders led Donald Trump 49 percent to 41 percent. He held a 49 to 39 percent lead over Sen. Ted Cruz, a 47 to 41 percent advantage over Dr. Ben Carson and a 44 to 43 percent edge over Sen. Marco Rubio.

When voters are asked whether they have a favorable or unfavorable view of candidates, Sanders is viewed more favorably than Clinton, Trump, Carson Rubio or Cruz, according to the independent pollster.

Moreover, according to Quinnipiac “Sanders gets the best honesty grades among top candidates.”

“Some voters still don’t know Bernie as well as Secretary Clinton, but the more they know him the better they like him,” Weaver said. “Bernie is generating the kind of excitement and enthusiasm needed for Democrats to retain the White House and elect more Democrats in Congress and state capitals.”

Immigrant Father Files Petition to InterAmerican Human Rights Commission Against U.S. and Mexican Governments Hours Before his Scheduled Deportation

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Manuel Roman is a father of two U.S. citizens who is scheduled to be deported tomorrow. The petition alleges that the US has not followed its own criteria for enforcement and that the treatment of Manuel and his family constitutes human rights violations.


CHICAGO, IL – Hours before his scheduled deportation, the case of Manuel Roman took an unexpected turn as he and his attorney filed a claim against the US and Mexican governments for alleged human rights violations.

After more than a year in detention and despite multiple requests for discretion and specious rationale from the agency,  ICE has scheduled to deport Mr. Manuel Roman tomorrow, Tuesday December 1st. But that could be put on hold now that Mr. Roman and his family have filed a petition with the InterAmerican Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), which investigates human rights violations, for causing immediate danger and irreparable harm for his family, particularly his two U.S. citizen daughters, Camila Roman, who is four years old, and Miranda Roman, who is one year old.

Mr. Roman is also requesting that the Chicago Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office delay his deportation and review his case until there can be a full determination regarding the petition.

“We sought the protection of the InterAmerican Commission for Human Rights on behalf of Manuel because he is trapped in a system where there is no transparency or accountability,” explained Mony Ruiz-Velasco, Mr. Roman’s legal representative. “His deportation violates international human rights standards and ICE’s own policies. Manuel, his partner, and his U.S. citizen daughters will suffer irreparable harm if he is deported tomorrow,” she concluded.

The claim alleges that Mr. Roman’s deportation from the U.S. will violate his and his family’s right to private and family life and the right to a fair trial, under the American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man and the American Convention on Human Rights. Moreover, it states that if the Mexican government assists in Mr. Roman’s deportation, “Mexico would be complicit by aiding and abetting the United States’ violations of the American Declaration.”

Manuel has been in the country since he was 16 years old and have made this country his home. His entire family lives in the U.S. Although Manuel has one misdemeanor for simple possession, he should not be considered priority for deportation according to the Department of Homeland Security’s own criteria outlined in Secretary Jeh Johnson‘s November 20, 2014 memoranda.  In addition, he would be eligible for President Obama’s Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA), since his children are U.S. citizens.

Despite several requests from Manuel’s family and attorneys the Chicago ICE Office has refused to follow its own priority guidelines and exercise discretion to close his case or release him from detention. A petition for Manuel signed by thousands of supporters can be found here: http://www.notonemoredeportation.com/portfolio/manuelroman/

Organized Communities Against Deportations (OCAD) is a community based organization in Illinois that organizes against unfair and inhumane immigration enforcement practices that impact immigrant communities.  

President Obama Nominates Two to Serve on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia

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WASHINGTON, DC – President Barack Obama nominated Steven Nathan Berk and Judge Elizabeth Carroll Wingo to serve on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.

“I am pleased to nominate Mr. Berk and Judge Wingo to serve on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia,” said President Obama. “I am confident they will serve the District of Columbia with integrity and a steadfast commitment to justice.”

Steven Nathan Berk: Nominee for the Superior Court for the District of Columbia

Steven Nathan Berk is a principal and founder of Berk Law, where he litigates consumer protection issues on behalf of consumers and represents whistleblowers in cases under the False Claims Act.  Prior to starting his own practice, Berk was a partner at several Washington, D.C. law firms including Chavez & Gertler LLP (2007 – 2009), Cuneo Gilbert & LaDuca, LLP (2005 – 2007), and Jenner & Block LLP (1996 – 2002).  In addition, from 2002 to 2004, Berk served as Founder and Chief Executive Officer of iHappen Interactive, a social networking platform.  He served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia from 1990 to 1995, and he worked as staff attorney in the Office of the General Counsel for the Securities and Exchange Commission from 1989 to 1990.  From 1987 to 1989, Berk was an associate in the Chicago office of Jenner & Block LLP.  Berk began his career as an associate at Isham, Lincoln & Beale, then a law firm in Chicago, Illinois.  He received his J.D. cum laude from Boston College Law School in 1985, his M.Sc. from the London School of Economics in 1982, and his A.B. with honors from Washington University in St. Louis in 1981.

Judge Elizabeth Carroll Wingo: Nominee for the Superior Court for the District of Columbia

Judge Elizabeth Carroll Wingo has served as a Magistrate Judge on the Superior Court for the District of Columbia since 2006.  From 2004 to 2006, she served as Chief of the Criminal Section in the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia, and in 2006, she served as the Assistant Deputy Attorney General for Public Safety.  Before joining the Office of the Attorney General, from 1999 to 2004, Judge Wingo served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.  From 1998 to 1999, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable T.S. Ellis, III of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.  Judge Wingo began her career as an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP.  She received her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1997 and her A.B. from Dartmouth College in 1992

Kirk, Manchin & Rubio Lead Bipartisan Resolution to Reinforce Iran Sanctions by State and Local Governments

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WASHINGTON, DC – As international inspectors prepare to release what’s likely to be a controversial “final assessment” of Iran’s nuclear weapons efforts, U.S. Senators Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) today introduced a bipartisan measure, S.Con.Res. 26, to reaffirm congressional support for continued sanctions by state and local governments in the United States against Iran’s sponsorship of terrorism, human rights violations, and other illicit behavior.

Known as a concurrent resolution, this Senate measure reiterates that U.S. law authorizes state and local governments to enact sanctions against Iran’s illicit activities and entities that do business with Iran. The measure also reaffirms that the nuclear deal with Iran, known formally as the “Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action,” does not affect the legal authority of states and local governments to enact sanctions against Iran’s sponsorship of terrorism and human rights violations.

“With this bipartisan measure, Congress stands with the 30 states and the District of Columbia that have imposed sanctions against Iran’s threatening behavior,” Senator Kirk said. “As the Iran nuclear deal hands over more than $100 billion to the world’s biggest state sponsor of terrorism, it’s critical for the United States to do all it can to prevent Iran from escalating its support for terrorism, militancy, and human rights abuses in the Middle East and beyond.”

“Iran is the world’s largest sponsor of terror, and we must do everything in our power to ensure that this regime is not able to use the money that it will receive through the Iran nuclear deal to continue its deplorable terrorist actions,” Senator Manchin said. “This commonsense, bipartisan resolution reaffirms Congress’s full support for individual states and local governments to continue imposing strict sanctions on Iran.”

“As Speaker of the Florida House, I led our state’s push to stand with Israel by requiring the Florida pension program to divest from companies linked to the terrorist regime in Iran. As the first state to enact such legislation, Florida pioneered what became a national effort to divest from entities with any link to the brutal Iranian regime, denying it access to more money that would be used to develop nuclear weapons, sponsor terrorism and commit human rights abuses.

“President Obama’s fundamentally flawed nuclear deal potentially jeopardizes the strong stances states have taken to divest from Iran. This resolution makes clear that Congress wants to give states the opportunity to take a stand and send the message that this is not Florida’s, or any other state’s deal with Iran; it’s just the president’s flawed deal. With this resolution, states will be able to stop their pension funds from filling Tehran’s coffers,” said Senator Rubio.

In addition to the District of Columbia, 30 states have imposed Iran-related divestment sanctions: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Washington.

11 of these states have also enacted laws or policies to prohibit state or local governments from awarding contracts to firms that do business with Iran: California, Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and South Carolina.

The text of the Senate measure is available online.

A companion measure in the U.S. House of Representatives was also introduced today by Congressmen Peter Roskam (R-Ill.), Ted Deutch (D-Fla.), Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.), Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.), Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) and Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.).


(1) Iran-sponsored terrorists and militants are responsible for the death of more than 700 Americans. 

  • During the 1980s, Iran-backed attacks killed over 290 Americans in Lebanon, including 13 from Illinois: GySgt Alvin Belmer, USMC; LCpl David D. Gay, USMC; CAPT Paul A. Hein, USMC; PFC Melvin D. Holmes, USMC; Cpl Joseph R. Livingston, USMC; Sgt John A. Phillips, Jr., USMC; PFC Eric A. Pulliam, USMC; Cpl Gary R. Scott, USMC; 1stLt William S. Sommerhof, USMC; LCpl Eric D. Sturghill, USMC; Cpl Eric R. Walker, USMC; James F. Lewis; and William R. Sheil. 
  • During the 2000s, Iran-backed attacks killed hundreds of Americans in Iraq and Afghanistan. As General Joseph Dunford, incoming Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told Senators on July 9, 2015: “I know the total number of soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines killed by Iranian activities [in Iraq and Afghanistan], and the number has been recently quoted as about 500.”

(2) In response to a request from Senator Kirk, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) recently produced a research memo laying out public estimates of how much Iran annually spends to support terrorism and militancy. (See CRS memo and related chart.) CRS found that Iran funds Hezbollah with $100-$200 million, Hamas with “tens of millions,” and Syria’s Assad regime with $6-$15 billion annually. 

(3) Iran also has wrongfully imprisoned American citizens Pastor Saeed Abedini, Amir Hekmati, Robert Levinson, Jason Rezaian and Siamak Zamazi.

State Board Approves Process for Schools to Receive Qualified School Construction Bonds

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School districts will be able to apply for low- to no-interest bonds for construction and building needs


SPRINGFIELD, IL – School districts will soon be able to apply for low- to no-interest rate bonds to pay for construction projects, repairs, renovations, and other building needs through the Qualified School Construction Bond program (QSCB).

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) approved the guidelines and application process for the QSCB during its regular business meeting Nov. 20. ISBE expects to be able to distribute more than $495 million in bonding authority to school districts.

“These low- to zero-interest bonds will enable school districts to use more of their existing funds for educational uses and educator professional development rather than paying off interest,” said State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith, Ph.D. “I encourage eligible districts to take advantage of this great program.”

The QSCB program was created under Section 1521(a) of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). The program is a source of limited financial bonding for school districts to fund the rehabilitation or repair of an existing public school facility, construction of a new public school facility, equipment associated with repair or construction, or for land acquisition related to the construction of a new facility. Since the bond proceeds can be used for building rehabilitation and repair, districts will be able to issue low- to no-interest bonds in lieu of Fire Prevention (health, life, and safety) bonds that would be at a higher interest rate.

In 2012, ISBE entered an intergovernmental agreement with the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget (GOMB) to grant GOMB the authority to allocate or issue these bonds. The GOMB recently notified ISBE that it has relinquished its authority back to ISBE.

ISBE will require that all districts that apply for the QSCB program must have their 2014 Annual Financial Report on file and complete an ISBE-approved application. School districts will be limited to a maximum request of $50 million. If a winning district does not issue the bonds within 18 months, the authority will revert back to ISBE. If authorization remains after all eligible applicants have received their requested amount or authority is relinquished, ISBE will open another application cycle.

When the authority is not enough to completely fund the full request of the next district on the list, that district will be contacted and given the option to accept or decline a reduced allocation.

Staff will open an application cycle from Dec. 1, 2015, to Jan. 15, 2016. The applications will be reviewed and scored. The districts eligible for an allocation based upon the scoring matrix will be recommended to the Board for its approval. 

BYP100 Official Statement on the Firing of CPD Police Supt. Garry McCarthy

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The Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100) is pleased to learn that Mayor Rahm Emanuel has taken one necessary step towards holding himself and the city of Chicago accountable for its promotion and support of systemic violence against Black people by firing Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy.


Mayor Emanuel’s decision to fire Supt. Garry McCarthy comes as a result of massive community organizing and direct confrontations between young Black organizers and the Chicago Police Department to expose the ongoing structural abuses of power Black people are subjected to everyday. Now, Mayor Emanuel, Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez and all top elected officials involved in the cover-up surrounding the execution of Laquan McDonald must make the right decision and resign immediately. They have demonstrated a deep ineptitude to exercise compassion and good judgment as leaders and should not be trusted to make decisions that impact our lives.


As young Black people who organize Black communities in Chicago, we are clear that Supt. McCarthy, Mayor Emanuel and State’s Attorney Alvarez represent elements of a system that must not only be reformed, but radically changed. These changes must include not only new leadership, but also a clear commitment to defund policing and invest in the futures of Black Chicagoans.


  • We demand a participatory city budget in which the public has the power to defund the Chicago Police Department and invest those dollars and resources in Black futures by setting a living wage, fully funding healthcare, social services, public schools, sustainable economic development projects and Black businesses that support Black communities.

  • We demand an immediate end to the criminalization of Black people for minor possession of marijuana and other petty crimes.

  • We demand the immediate firing of Officer Dante Servin without a pension for the killing of Rekia Boyd, as well as all other officers who have contributed to the deaths of Black Chicagoans.

  • We demand a fully independent civilian police accountability council with hiring, firing, subpoena and budgeting power. The creation of a Police Accountability Task force appointed by Mayor Emanuel is insufficient and undemocratic.

Public officials now have the opportunity to decide what kind of city they want to help build alongside the young Black people leading in this critical moment. Our vision is based in a fundamental belief that no city should spend 40% of its budget on policing our lives while systematically destroying our communities. This irresponsible allocation of the budget is indicative of the fact that the power of how to spend public funds should not lie with these out-of-touch leaders, but with the public themselves. We are calling on all young Black people, elected officials, clergy and community leaders to join us in a call to defund policing in Chicago and instead invest in Black futures.

Black Youth Project 100 (BYP 100) is a national activist member-based organization of Black 18-35 year olds, dedicated to creating justice and freedom for all Black people. We do our work through a Black queer feminist lens. We are affiliated with the Black Youth Project.
www.byp100.org – @BYP_100 –  facebook.com/BYP100

San Joaquin County Man Pleads Guilty to Attempting to Provide Material Support to ISIL

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SACRAMENTO, CA — Nicholas Michael Teausant, 22, of Acampo, pleaded guilty today to attempting to provide material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization, announced Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin and United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner.

According to court documents, on March 17, 2014, Teausant was arrested near the Canadian border en route to Canada with the intent of continuing to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a foreign terrorist organization. On March 26, 2014, Teausant was indicted on one count of attempting to provide material support or resources to a terrorist organization. He pleaded guilty to the single count in the indictment without a plea agreement. Teausant is scheduled to be sentenced by United States District Judge John A. Mendez on March 8, 2016.

“Nicholas Michael Teausant attempted to travel overseas to join ISIL and to provide material support to the terrorist organization,” said Assistant Attorney General Carlin. “The National Security Division’s highest priority is counterterrorism, and we are committed to stemming the flow of foreign fighters abroad and holding accountable those who attempt to provide material support to designated foreign terrorist organizations.”

“This case, like others in communities across the United States and around the world, is an example of how a young person from any place and any background might make the terrible decision to try and become part of a terrorist organization,” U.S. Attorney Wagner stated. “Fortunately, the FBI intervened in this case before any harm could be inflicted upon innocent persons. We hope that this case will be a reminder to us all to stay vigilant and involved in the lives of our youth, and in particular with respect to the dangerous influences they may be subject to on the Internet where these organizations are very active.”

This case was the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Modesto Police Department, and the San Joaquin Sheriff’s Office, who are members of the Modesto/Stockton Joint Terrorism Task Force, with significant assistance from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Assistant United States Attorneys Jean M. Hobler and Jason Hitt and Trial Attorney Andrew Sigler of the National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section are prosecuting the case.

Teausant faces a maximum statutory penalty of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.

U.S. Attorney’s Office December 01, 2015
  • Eastern District of California (916) 554-2700

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