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Archive for May 9th, 2017

NAACP Calls For Accountability, Arrest, and Prosecution in the Face of Persistent Police Violence

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 The NAACP issued the following statement regarding the need for greater accountability and justice regarding police violence.

 

BALTIMORE—We join families and communities in mourning and action as our nation is again confronted with the depth and consequences of our national policing crisis.

 

This is a time of immense grief for those who have lost loved ones to police violence. Jordan Edwards’s family is dealing with fresh pain due to his senseless murder, which robbed him of his future, deprived his family of their son, and traumatized his siblings. Although the successful prosecution of Walter Scott’s killer was an unusual ray of hope in the fight to hold police accountable, pleas for justice for Alton Sterling went unheard when the Department of Justice failed to prosecute those who killed Alton Sterling.

 

These individual cases raise deep concerns. Another Black child has been senselessly gunned down by police. A false scenario was initially used to justify Jordan’s death, and it was only retracted when contradictory video evidence came to light. Without the video, the police narrative would have been taken without question and Jordan would have been depicted as the aggressor. Although we applaud the firing and murder charges brought against one of the police officers involved, this alone is not enough. A murder has been committed, and the person who committed it has been caught on tape. Yet, a week later, the perpetrator was left to turn himself in and is now walking free until trial. This situation is a grim reminder of a fundamental lack of accountability and the unequal justice often received by victims of police violence.

 

The hope for true accountability that was raised by Michael Slager’s guilty plea was dashed by the DOJ’s actions today. As Attorney General Sessions has publicly expressed his unwillingness to criticize local police actions, we cannot have confidence in the decision not to prosecute. The DOJ’s statements about Mr. Sterling’s death do not change the facts we know. Mr. Sterling was shot while pinned on the ground by several police officers. In this case, the decision not to prosecute relied heavily on statements by police officers that were not confirmed by the video evidence. The DOJ did not give a federal jury the opportunity to determine whether it would believe the officers’ narrative. Justice for Alton Sterling has not been provided, and we will work to ensure that the State of Louisiana properly investigates and prosecutes this case. We will also continue to push for the DOJ to live up to its legacy as a frontline defender of civil rights.

 

We are also concerned about the treatment of the families of victims of police violence. After watching Jordan die, one of his brothers was handcuffed and held by police. Mr. Sterling’s family was kept in the dark. Instead of being informed about the progress of the investigation, they had to learn about the DOJ’s decision from the news media. This disrespect of grieving families cannot be justified and cannot be tolerated in future cases. We cannot let Jordan Edwards become just another hashtag. We will stand with his family and others who have been victims of police violence.

 

We will pursue justice for Jordan, for Alton Sterling, and for Walter Scott. But we must do more than that. We must work to ensure this story is not repeated. We need to pursue structural changes to ensure that police officers will not threaten our children and our community but will instead fulfill their charge to protect and preserve our lives.

 

 

UNCF Response to HBCU Capital Financing Program Reference in President Trump’s Budget Signing Statement

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WASHINGTON, DC— UNCF issued the following statement on President Trump’s signing statement of the FY 2017 Omnibus Appropriations Act, which included a reference that the Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Capital Financing Program may be reviewed for its compliance with the Constitution:

Following the public release of President Trump’s signing statement, UNCF sought clarification from the White House and received informal assurance from White House officials that the paragraph is not intended to indicate any policy change toward HBCUs and that the Administration intends to implement the HBCU Capital Financing Program. Nonetheless, UNCF urges the White House to issue an official clarification of its policy to the HBCU community, as the HBCU Capital Financing program has provided tremendous value to HBCUs and the students they serve over the past 25 years.

The HBCU Capital Financing Program, administered by the U.S. Department of Education, provides low-interest loans to HBCUs to finance infrastructure improvements on their campuses. Specifically, the program has enabled more than 40 public and private HBCUs to repair, renovate, and construct classrooms, libraries, science laboratories, and dormitories, helping to ensure that HBCU students can learn in modern facilities with modern equipment and up-to-date technology that is essential in today’s economy. For example, using HBCU Capital Financing loans, Bethune-Cookman University in Florida renovated a student center and provided new student housing; Johnson C. Smith University in North Carolina built a new science and technology facility; and several HBCUs in Louisiana and Mississippi were able to rebuild their campuses after severe damage caused by major hurricanes. This federal loan program has become even more essential to HBCUs, considering recent research evidence that HBCUs pay more to secure capital financing in the private bond markets than non-HBCUs.

The HBCU Capital Financing Program is authorized under Title III, Part D of the Higher Education Act (HEA), which also authorizes federal grants to HBCUs for operating assistance and endowments under Title III, Parts B and C. The designation of institutions that are eligible for Title III federal assistance has been settled for over 50 years, since the enactment of the HEA in 1965. Eligible institutions must meet statutory criteria, not based on race, but rather on mission, accreditation status and year the institution was established. Today, 101 HBCUs qualify for this assistance, many of which have a racially diverse student enrollment, faculty and staff. For instance, Bluefield State College in West Virginia is designated as an HBCU, but according to NCES data, Bluefield enrolls a population that is 85 percent white and only nine percent African American.

The provision in President Trump’s signing statement regarding this critical HBCU program may simply be lawyers at the Office of Management and Budget being overly cautious and perhaps not fully understanding the legal basis for federal HBCU programs. However, these programs have been thoroughly vetted by the Congress and prior Administrations, and the new Administration must eliminate any doubt as to their Constitutionality.

UNCF looks forward to working with the White House and the U.S. Department of Education to continue to communicate the importance of this program and others that positively impact HBCUs and the students they have served for more than 150 years.

About UNCF: UNCF (United Negro College Fund) is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization. To serve youth, the community and the nation, UNCF supports students’ education and development through scholarships and other programs, strengthens its 37 member colleges and universities, and advocates for the importance of minority education and college readiness. UNCF institutions and other historically black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding 20 percent of African American baccalaureate degrees. UNCF annually awards $100 million in scholarships and administers more than 400 programs, including scholarship, internship and fellowship, mentoring, summer enrichment, and curriculum and faculty development programs. Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at more than 1,100 colleges and universities across the country. Its logo features the UNCF torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized trademark, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.”® Learn more at UNCF.org, or for continuous news and updates, follow UNCF on Twitter, @UNCF.

Speaker Madigan: “…Families in Our Communities Have Lost Critical Services as a Result of the Budget Impasse”

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Statement from Speaker Michael Madigan

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois Speaker Michael J. Madigan issued the following statement Monday: 

“For nearly two years, families in our communities have lost critical services as a result of the budget impasse. Educators, social service agencies and countless others have warned that Illinois will be dealing with the consequences of this impasse for many years to come. In the years preceding this impasse, we were paying down the backlog of unpaid old bills and had the bill backlog down to $4.5 billion. The bill backlog today stands at over $13 billion due to the lack of a state budget. The state’s backlog has tripled, and bond rating agencies have made it clear that the lack of a state budget weighs foremost in their minds when evaluating Illinois’ financial standing. For these reasons and due to the impact this impasse is having on every Illinoisan, House Democrats have been resolute in our belief that all legislators and the governor must recognize the budget as the most important issue facing our state.

“While we stand firm that the budget – and the budget alone – must be our top priority, it is also our desire to work cooperatively with the governor. To this end, I am appointing Representatives Barbara Flynn Currie, Lou Lang, Arthur Turner and Jay Hoffman to work with the governor to identify areas of his agenda where compromise can be reached. The House has taken action on several of the governor’s requests, and this group will be able to discuss his further proposals and consider how they would affect the state.

“It is our strong desire that Governor Rauner join us in putting the budget first. By showing the governor that House Democrats stand ready to work with him in good faith, it is my hope that he will return to the negotiating table and work with us to end the budget crisis.”

 

NYU Appoints Lisa M. Coleman as Chief Diversity Officer

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As NYU’s Inaugural CDO, Coleman to Lead Efforts to Improve Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Hiring, Admissions, and Culture 

 

Lisa M. Coleman, Chief Diversity Officer at NYU

New York, NY (BlackNews.com) – New York University President Andrew Hamilton today named Lisa Coleman to be Senior Vice President for Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Strategic Innovation and NYU’s inaugural Chief Diversity Officer. Dr. Coleman will start in her position in September 2017.Dr. Coleman comes to NYU from Harvard, where she has served as the Chief Diversity Officer and Special Assistant to the President since 2010.

Dr. Hamilton said, “Many people on our campus have long worked hard to improve NYU’s record on equity, diversity, and inclusion. But this issue is a priority for me, and appointing a senior person – who will report directly to me – in whom we can repose the responsibility, is an important and necessary step to advance our efforts.”

He continues, “Among the many candidates the Search Committee reviewed, Lisa Coleman stood out. She has a strong record at her previous posts. She already knew and understood NYU well, having received her doctorate here. And her scholarly background will benefit NYU’s efforts. But more even than these important qualities, what distinguished Dr. Coleman was her character: her forthright nature, her wisdom, her ability to connect with students, faculty, administrators, and staff; her energy; and her evident desire and ability to bring people together.”

 

“We are glad to welcome Lisa Coleman back to NYU and have great faith in her ability to help us be the diverse, welcoming, and inclusive university we want to be,” he conclude.

Dr. Coleman – who will report directly to the president and be part of the Senior Leadership Team – will, in close collaboration with Provost Katherine E. Fleming, lead the development and implementation of a strategic plan to systematically advance equity, diversity, and inclusion across all NYU schools and units.

 

Prior to Harvard, Dr. Coleman had worked in a similar capacity at Tufts University from 2007 to 2010. Prior to becoming Tufts’ first senior diversity officer, she directed the Africana Studies Program and taught in American Studies, English, and Women’s Studies. Before joining Tufts, Dr. Coleman also taught in the City University of New York system and held positions at Merrill Lynch, Inc. and the Association of American Medical Colleges in Washington DC.

 

Dr. Coleman is an alumna of NYU, where she earned a Ph.D. in the American Studies program. She earned her B.A. from Denison University in Granville, Ohio, and three master’s degrees from the Ohio State University.

 

For more details about NYU, visit www.NYU.edu

Photo Caption: Lisa M. Coleman, Chief Diversity Officer at NYU
Photo credit: Christopher Huang

Attorney General Madigan Settles With Prepaid Wireless Service

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CHICAGO, IL  – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced a settlement with wireless phone company, PlatunumTel Communications (PTEL), after it abruptly shut down and failed to pay money it owed to customers for wireless services. The settlement will allow consumers to obtain refunds for unused wireless services.

 

In January 2016, PTEL, which advertised prepaid, no-contract wireless services, notified customers that the company would be going out of business and they would no longer be able to use services. Customers who complained to PTEL and requested refunds for prepaid services were told that all services were nonrefundable and nontransferable.

 

“Consumers who bought services from this company are entitled to refunds and should contact my office to file a complaint for restitution,” Madigan said.

 

The settlement gives customers the opportunity to obtain refunds for unused wireless services they purchased. In order to qualify, consumers must contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Fraud Bureau by June 16, 2017, to file a complaint. Consumers will need to provide their wireless number at the time of purchase, the approximate date of purchase and the amount owed to them.

 

The settlement also prohibits PTEL from soliciting, selling or accepting deposits or advance payments toward prepaid services.

 

Consumers may file complaints with Attorney General Madigan’s office by visiting her website or by calling her Consumer Fraud Hotlines:

 

1-800-386-5438 (Chicago)
1-800-243-0618 (Springfield)
1-800-243-0607 (Carbondale)

 

 

Ensemble Espanol Heats Up the North Shore Center For The Performing Arts in Skokie With “Raices – Yesterday is Tomorrow” Performances June 16-18

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Three World Premieres by Madrid’s Angel Rojas and Carlos Rodriguez
Featured in Exciting Program Celebrating the Company’s Past, Present and Future


CHICAGO, IL
 – Ensemble Español’s popular live dance and music performances return to the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd, with “Raices – Yesterday is Tomorrow,” June 16-18. These performances are part of the company’s 2017 American Spanish Dance & Music Festival, June 7-24. The Festival, now in its 41st year, features performances, concerts, classes, seminars and lectures showcasing the elegance and passion of Spain’s dance, music and culture. For more information, visit EnsembleEspanol.org.

The “Raices” performances, a successor to the popular annual “Flamenco Passion” performances, will feature more than 40 dancers, musicians including guest artists in a fusion of classical, folklore, traditional, contemporary and Flamenco styles. A highlight of the this year’s program will be the work of  Angel Rojas and Carlos Rodriguez, artistic directors of Nuevo Ballet Madrid, whose premiere of “Iroko” last year was an audience favorite that also garnered critical acclaim. Between Rojas and Rodriguez, they bring three world premieres to this year’s program: Rojas’ “Defalla, Fuera de la Caja,” performed by the Company; and Rodriquez’s “Redobles” and “Euforia,” performed by the Company and Rodriguez respectively.

The exciting program will also include popular works from Ensemble Español’s repertoire including Paco Alonso’s “Madrileno” (1989); “Reina Gitana” (2015) choreographed by Ensemble Español First Dancer Claudia Pizarro; “La Liebre” (2015) choreographed by Ensemble Español First Dancer Jose Torres; “Rendicion,” choreographed by Ensemble Español Artistic Director Irma Suarez Ruiz; and  “Zapateado” (1976) and “Danza del Fuego” (1979), choreographed by Company Founder Dame Libby Komaiko.

On Sunday, June 18 only, Carmela Greco, a traditional audience favorite and daughter of Flamenco legend Jose Greco, will perform her work “Cordoba” (2012). Other guest artists participating in the “Raices” performances include musicians David Chiriboga (guitar), Paco Fonta (guitar/vocals), Luis Galvez (tenor) Sasha Gerritson (soprano), Javier Rosario Montoya (piano), Patricia Ortega (vocalist) Javier Saume-Mazzei (percussion).

“In our 41st year Ensemble Español’ is in the advantageous position of having a wealth of established works in our repertoire to draw from, and a bounty of sources from within our company and the global dance community to draw on for new works.  We owe our thanks to our loyal patrons, dancers, staff, board, parents and advisory committees and our home, Northeastern Illinois University, for helping us get to this grand position. But most of all, we are thankful to our Founder, Dame Libby for creating the Company. We see the “Raices” performances as a reflection of her vision then, now and for the years to come,” says Artistic Director Suárez Ruiz.


For more information about Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater and Center visit EnsembleEspanol.org.

University of Chicago Student Library Employees File Petition to Unionize

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CHICAGO, IL – A coalition of University of Chicago student library workers filed a petition to become one of the nation’s first primarily undergraduate student unions at a private university. The group of student employees, calling themselves the Student Library Employees Union, worked with Teamsters Local 743, a local labor union, to file the petition with the National Labor Relations Board this past Sunday.

 

The petition calls for an election to determine whether student library employees will unionize and gain the legal right to negotiate with the University on issues such as employee wages, hours, and third-party legal representation in cases of Title IX, ADA and labor violations. Only as unionized workers will students be able to protect their rights as well as fully engage in the academic mission of the University of Chicago.

 

“Student workers do a large amount of the work that makes UChicago Library—and by extension, UChicago—function, and we need to have a legitimate say in the issues that affect us, affect our work environments, and affect our abilities to balance our jobs and education,” said fourth-year Daphne Xi, a student worker at the Joe and Rika Mansueto Library.

 

Students say that wages are too low and hours too irregular for part-time student library workers in need of a secure source of income, with some taking on second jobs outside of the university system to cover expenses necessary to receive an education. They say that the library bureaucracy is opaque such that it is difficult to push for changes when employers will not give them a fair deal.

 

“As a student worker with mental illnesses, unionization is an extremely important goal for me. I am not only a student worker, but an organizer, and a musician – in short, I don’t have much free time, and too often I’ve been put in a situation where I need to put work over my responsibilities as a student and even my well being as a person just so that I can have enough money to continue attending this school,” said third-year Alex Peltz, a student worker in the Regenstein Library.

 

He said, “Creating a union will provide me with the ability to bargain for a higher wage so that I can actually be a student at my own school, as well as offering me legal representation and defense against ADA violations, allowing me to feel safe and supported in the workplace.”

 

As unionized workers, students will be able to negotiate with the University for a better recourse on workplace violations. Student library employees with legal recognition as a body of workers will have the ability to participate in mandatory contract negotiations with the University administration. This ability is especially necessary for student employees, as the administration has habitually failed to meet with students in a timely or productive manner.

 

Furthermore, students will push for legal third-party representation in workplace grievance procedures regarding cases of harassment, Title IX violations, and ADA violations. The federal government has previously criticized and intervened in the University’s implementation of Title IX and ADA. With external arbitration, unionized student workers will be able to ensure the University acts on its commitments to student safety and health.

 

“I think that unionizing is crucial in order to get the accountability and security we need from the University,” said second-year Katie McPolin, a student worker at the Eckhart Library.  “I have long felt like I do not have a voice in the way that this university operates, as they continually fail to prioritize the things I care about—ADA compliance, for example, is something they have notoriously neglected—and instead pour funds into what’s most profitable. This is a huge step toward a democratic university, where my needs matter to administrators as much as the money in my pockets.”

 

The University’s Graduate Students United, a coalition of graduate student workers, will also file a petition to unionize today. Graduate and undergraduate student employees recognize the need for the University to implement better working conditions in order to both receive and provide an education.

 

For more information, visit the Student Library Employees Union Facebook page or contact Michael Weinrib, (704-421-8070, miweinrib@gmail.com) or Anjali Dhillon (912-272-2891, anjalitdhillon@gmail.com)

 

Former Rutherford County Sheriff Sentenced On Federal Corruption Charges

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Former Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold, 41, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., was sentenced today to 50 months in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, after pleading guilty earlier this year to fraud and corruption charges, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Jack Smith of the Middle District of Tennessee and Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.

 

Arnold was indicted in May 2016 and in January 2017, he pleaded guilty to wire fraud, honest services fraud and extortion under color of official right. These charges resulted from an investigation into his role in the formation and operation of the electronic cigarette company, JailCigs, LLC. In his plea, Arnold admitted to using his official position as Sheriff of Rutherford County to benefit JailCigs by allowing the company’s electronic cigarettes to come into the Rutherford County jail as non-contraband and be distributed by county employees; taking steps to disguise his involvement in the company; and misrepresenting the benefits that Rutherford County was supposedly receiving from JailCigs. Additionally, Arnold admitted that he personally received over $66,000 from the company, and that he lied about his income from, and knowledge of, JailCigs when he was confronted by local media in April 2015.

 

In addition to his prison sentence, Senior U.S. District Judge Marvin E. Aspen of the Northern District of Illinois (sitting by designation in the Middle District of Tennessee) ordered Arnold to pay $52,500 in restitution to Rutherford County and to forfeit $66,790, an amount equal to the commission payments he received from sales at the Rutherford County jail, plus the additional payments Arnold obtained that should have been paid to the county general fund. Judge Aspen also ordered Arnold to serve a three-year term of supervised release following his prison sentence.

 

Co-defendants, former Chief Administrative Deputy Joe L. Russell II, of Rutherford County, Tennessee, and John Vanderveer, of Marietta, Georgia, pleaded guilty on Jan. 20 and Jan. 30, respectively. Vanderveer is set to be sentenced on September 6, 2017 and Russell is set to be sentenced on September 8, 2017.

 

 

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Cecil W. VanDevender, of the Middle District of Tennessee and Trial Attorney Mark J. Cipolletti of the Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section. The case was investigated by special agents from the FBI and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Source: FBI

Massive Strike Against Violent Street Gangs in San Diego County Results in Federal Charges Against 140-plus Gang Members and Associates in Less Than Three Months

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Sixteen members and associates of Escondido-based Diablos street gang are charged with firearms and methamphetamine trafficking in most recent case

SAN DIEGO, CA – A crackdown on violent street gangs in San Diego County over the last 75 days has resulted in federal charges against more than 140 gang members and associates, many of whom are accused of terrorizing neighborhoods with shootings, robberies and other violent crimes.

 

More than 60 firearms and 30 pounds of methamphetamine, plus cash and other illicit drugs were seized by law enforcement during the course of four long-term gang investigations that culminated this spring with various indictments charging crimes such as racketeering, money laundering and gun, drug or sex trafficking.

 

“This is an unusually large number of gang members arrested in a very short period of time,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Alana W. Robinson. “The sheer number of arrests illustrates that gangs are a significant problem in this county. But it also underscores our enormous commitment to use every tool we have to attack this problem and restore communities to families who should not have to live in fear in their own homes.”

 

The most recent charges, unsealed this week in federal court, involve the prosecution of 16 members and associates of the Escondido-based Diablos street gang. The defendants are facing various drug trafficking offenses.

 

According to court records, in the last year the Diablos gang has been responsible for more than 25 gang-related shootings, multiple attempted murders, dozens of armed robberies, multiple instances of witness intimidation and the widespread distribution of narcotics and firearms in North San Diego County.

 

This investigation helped to identify and locate Dionicio Torrez, a Diablos gang member, as the suspected shooter of Cathy Kennedy, who was fatally wounded by gang gunfire March 7 as she drove home from church in Escondido.

 

The case involved a total of 13 wiretaps, the interception of over 20,000 telephone calls and text messages and the seizure of approximately 13 pounds of high-quality methamphetamine and 10 rifles and handguns, including 4 AR-15 type rifles, an AK-47 rifle, an SKS rifle and 2 handguns, one of which had an obliterated serial number.

 

The Diablos Enterprise claims control of the eastern and north central areas of Escondido. The approximate boundaries of the territory they claim is Lincoln Avenue to the north, Grand Avenue to the south, Midway Drive to the to the east and Escondido Boulevard to the west. There are approximately 311 documented members of the Diablos Enterprise and an additional 400 individuals who are “associates” of the Diablos Enterprise.

 

The four proactive gang cases involved months of federal wiretaps, extensive surveillance and scores of undercover drug and gun buys. Defendants were charged with crimes ranging from money laundering and racketeering to heroin, methamphetamine, firearms and sex trafficking.

 

“When members of criminal street gangs are arrested during joint operations, the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office reviews their criminal histories and coordinates with the U.S. Attorney’s Office to determine where a defendant would be most appropriately prosecuted,” said Chief Deputy DA Summer Stephan, who oversees the DA’s Gangs Division. “In essence, we collaborate to get the most effective bang for our prosecutorial buck and make sure justice is served, whether that happens on the state or federal side.”

 

Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Eric S. Birnbaum stated, “Dismantling violent gangs is a continuing priority for the FBI. We share an unwavering commitment with our law enforcement partners to address the dangerous threat facing our communities today. The impact of our recent gang cases clearly demonstrates our focus and determination to strike at gang related enterprises and to eliminate the terror these groups inflict on our neighborhoods.”

 

“Our communities are safer because of ATF’s expanded efforts to target and dismantle criminal gangs and organized criminal enterprises that use firearms and violent acts to further their illegal gains,” said ATF Los Angeles Field Division Special Agent in Charge Eric Harden. “ATF and its partners are dedicated to carrying out our mission by ridding our communities of these gang members and associates who shatter families and destroy lives.”

 

“Our agency plays a unique role in federal law enforcement’s resolve to dismantle the criminal gang enterprises terrorizing our streets. Our agents target the profit and financial gains of these organizations, following the money in an effort to disrupt these organizations and restore order to our communities,” stated Special Agent in Charge R. Damon Rowe for IRS Criminal Investigation. “We are proud to provide this financial expertise as we work alongside our law enforcement partners to bring these criminals to justice.”

 

The success of these cases is due to the collaborative effort of our federal, state and local partners working in task forces in order to leverage resources provided by the Office of National Drug Control Policy and the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), which are federal anti-drug programs. The OCDETF program was created to consolidate and coordinate all law enforcement resources in this country’s battle against gangs, major drug trafficking rings, drug kingpins and money launderers.

Source: FBI

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