(TUSCON, Ariz.) Full Court Report: CBP Patrol agent Lonnie Swartz’s fate is now in a jury’s hands: Swartz is on trial for second-degree murder in federal court in Tucson for a 2012 killing of a Mexican teenager who was gunned down in a hail of 16 bullets in Nogales, Mexico as closing arguments that contradict the perception of the case #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Apr.19: That Swartz fired through the bollards in the border fence, killing 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, is not in dispute: But in their closing arguments Monday, prosecutors and defense attorneys offered diametrically opposite versions of who was at fault in the shooting: Defence attorney Sean Chapman argued that Swartz was justified in using deadly force because Swartz, other agents and Nogales Police officers were under attack by rock throwers #AceNewsDesk reports

“ It’s a gross distortion of reality that … rocks aren’t really that dangerous,” Chapman said. “You tell me what happens when a rock the size of the palm of your hand hits your eye. It’s going to take your eye out.” He said Swartz feared for his life because of the rocks and felt he needed to protect his fellow officers. It doesn’t matter what the facts on the ground were, Chapman said, only the perception that Swartz had of the incident before the shooting…………..Swartz testified that he heard a Nogales police dog was hit by rocks and that another agent was hit by a rock. It doesn’t matter that Nogales Police officer John Zuniga testified that his dog was not hit and that a rock only rolled up and hit another agent in the shoe, Chapman said.

On Oct. 10, 2017, a humanitarian group from the U.S.

On Oct. 10, 2017, a humanitarian group from the U.S. and Mexico walks toward the site where Jose Antonio Elena Rodrigez, 16, was shot through the border fence and killed by Border Patrol agent Lonnie Swartz. (Photo: Nick Oza/The Republic)

What matters is what agent Swartz believed,” Chapman said:

The crux of the argument between the two lawyers was when exactly Elena Rodriguez was killed. Swartz fired 16 times through the fence in three bursts: an initial three, 10 while Elena Rodriguez was face down on the ground, and three more after he reloaded his gun to fire again at a prone Elena Rodriguez.

Chapman argued Swartz was killed by the first volley and erred by continuing to fire when Elena Rodriguez was still on the ground. But they argue it didn’t matter because the teenager was already dead.

“By the time he got to the second location, he was shooting at someone who was dead,” Chapman said.

U.S. District Court Judge Raner C. Collins instructed the jury that if they cannot agree to to a verdict in the second-degree murder charge, then they are to consider lesser charges including voluntary and involuntary manslaughter.

Perceptual distortions

Chapman also argued that Swartz had “perceptual distortions” that led him to believe he was firing at a second rock-thrower rather than Elena Rodriguez on the ground.

That position was attacked by Assistant U.S. Attorney Wallace Kleindienst who said Swartz committed second-degree murder by firing at Elena Rodriguez when wasn’t a threat to him and other agents and then by firing at Elena Rodriguez when he was already on the ground struggling to survive.

Kleindienst said thermal video showed Elena Rodriguez was still moving his arm while he was on the ground and that Swartz executed him.

“The evidence, in this case, shows for whatever reason he wanted to eliminate him as a human being,” Kleindienst said. “He’s not God. He can’t decide who lives and who dies.”

Swartz took the stand during the trial and gave vivid detail of events before and after the shooting. But he said his memory of the shooting itself had been “wiped away.” Swartz testified that as he approached the fence, events became “distorted and gray,” and as a result, he doesn’t remember firing 16 shots and reloading his weapon.

Kleindienst characterized as a fabrication Swartz’s inability to remember the shooting and the idea he had “perceptual distortions” and visualized a second shooter.

“It’s not a memory gap, it’s an integrity gap,” Kleindienst said. “He can’t admit it to you. He can’t admit it to himself.”

He called “insulting” the idea that the shots fired at Elena Rodriguez while he was on the ground don’t matter because the teenager was dead.

“He has to come up with some reason he continued to shoot,” Kleindienst said. “He can’t justify it.”

Chapman, the defense attorney, also pushed the idea that Elena Rodriguez was a member of a Mexican drug cartel who threw rocks at agents and was on the U.S. side of the border before the shooting. The prosecution didn’t dispute that Elena Rodriguez was throwing rocks.

A silent march vigil for slain Mexican teenager Jose

A silent march vigil for slain Mexican teenager Jose Antonio Elena-Rodriguez, 16, was held in Nogales, Mexico, on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015. (Photo: Nick Oza/The Republic)

Contradictory testimony

During his closing argument, Chapman brought up the testimony of a defense witness who contradicted her story while on the stand.

The woman, known simply by the initials “A.O.,” lives north of the border fence near the shooting site. Chapman intended to have the woman testify that she knew Elena Rodriguez because he had gone to school with her grandson, and that she had seen him on the U.S. side before the shooting.

But when Chapman asked whether she remembered telling investigators about the slain teen’s connection to her grandson, she denied it.

“I don’t remember having said that,” she said in Spanish. Pressed about those claims to FBI investigators, the witness pushed back. “Never, I never said such information,” she said.

Similarly, when Chapman asked A.O. whether she had seen Elena Rodriguez on the American side of the border before the shooting, she responded, “No, I never said that.”

Chapman asked the witness whether she was afraid and she said she was not.

On Monday, Chapman said the woman had lied on the stand: “Why is she lying? Use your common sense. Think about where she lives,” Chapman told the jury. “Think about her willingness not to talk about this in open court.”

Rodolfo Karisch, the chief agent for the Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector, and Gov. Doug Ducey address the media regarding the National Guard deployment.He is on trial for second-degree murder in federal court in Tucson for a 2012 killing of a Mexican teenager who was gunned down in a hail of 16 bullets in Nogales, Mexico. https://t.co/TSBdwwCgvf— azcentral April 17, 2018: https://t.me/acebreakingnews/660760

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(TUCSON, Ariz.) CBP Report: Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents coordinating with Air and Marine Operations agents seized multiple weapons and arrested three Mexican nationals near Ajo Saturday afternoon #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Apr.19: Surveillance camera operators from the Ajo Station observed two suspected illegal aliens carrying firearms more than 17 miles north of the International Border near the Growler Mountains: Air and Marine Operations helicopters from Yuma and Tucson Air Branches deployed with Border Patrol Search Trauma and Rescue (BORSTAR) agents to intercept the armed men #AceNewsDesk reports

Ajo agents and personnel from Air and Marine Operations in Tucson and Yuma seized multiple weapons when they were arrested this past SaturdayAjo agents and personnel from Air and
Marine Operations in Tucson and
Yuma seized multiple weapons when
they were arrested this past Saturday

Agents searched the area of the sighting using a canine and subsequently discovered multiple assault-style firearms and ammunition concealed under some brush, and an 18-year-old Mexican national man hiding nearby:

The man was transported to the Ajo Station for processing while agents continued a search of the area, locating and arresting two additional Mexican nationals, 43 and 24.

All three men face immigration violation charges and were be turned over to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives along with the seized assault weapons.

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(WASHINGTON) DOJ REPORT: Justice Department officials have reportedly submitted a criminal referral involving former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Apr.19: The Washington Post reported: The referral to the D.C. U.S. Attorney’s Office occurred some time ago, after the inspector general concluded McCabe had lied to investigators or his own boss, then-FBI Director James B. Comey, on four occasions, three of them under oath: It was not immediately clear how the D.C. U.S. Attorney’s Office responded to the referral, or whether prosecutors there are conducting their own investigation or believe criminal charges are appropriate #AceNewsDesk reports

McCabe served as the Deputy Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation from February 2016 to January 2018:

From May 9, 2017, to August 2, 2017, McCabe served as the Acting Director of the FBI following James Comey’s dismissal by President Donald Trump.

On March 16, 2018, Sessions fired McCabe 26 hours before his scheduled retirement.

DOJ Submits Criminal Referral on Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe – https://t.co/8EUx3HKivi pic.twitter.com/wBQo2MHA9C— Breaking911 April 19, 2018

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(LONDON) Police launch a murder investigation after a man was found dead at a business premises in Camden on Tuesday April.17: Next of kin have been informed: Formal identification has not yet taken place and post mortem completed awaiting details on cause of death #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Apr.19: Police were called by the London Ambulance Service at 14:41hrs on Tuesday, 17 April to reports of a man injured on the roof of a commercial building in Hatton Garden, EC1: Officers and London’s Ambulance attended…………..The victim, a 47-year-old man who worked as a builder and was carrying out work at the venue, was pronounced dead at the scene at 15:07hrs #AceNewsDesk reports

Initial reports indicated that the man may have fallen from height, but officers now believe he was the victim of a serious assault: The Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command is investigating, led by DCI Luke Marks: A post-mortem examination was due to be held at St Pancras Mortuary today (Thursday, 19 April). We await information on cause of death………..A 24-year-old man [A] was initially arrested on suspicion of murder on Wednesday, 18 April. He was taken to a south London police station.

He was subsequently de-arrested for the murder offence, and then arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender……………..He remains in custody.

DCI Luke Marks said: At this early stage in the inquiry, it is believed that the victim was viciously attacked by an unknown suspect, inflicting injuries that have resulted in his death: ………”We have made one arrest but our investigation continues apace. Our priority now is to trace a man who made off from Hatton Garden towards Chancery Lane and boarded a Central Line train at Chancery Lane tube station at around 14:15hrs………”Were you in the Hatton Garden area at that time, and did you see a man running towards Chancery Lane, or otherwise acting suspiciously? We would urge you to come forward as soon as possible.”

The man is described as a white male, aged in his mid 20s: He was wearing a navy blue fleece jacket, blue jeans and brown workmens boots:

If you have any information thaht could assist the investigation, please call the Incident room on 0208 358 0200 quoting CAD 4481/17Apr. Alternatively, call independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you would prefer not to give your name: Murder investigation launched after 47-year-old man found dead in Camden https://t.co/ZvPOsIjopu pic.twitter.com/jJFOyeYLWx— Metropolitan Police April 19, 2018:

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(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico.) The Coast Guard transferred custody of two suspected smugglers, 491.5 kilograms of cocaine and 9.2 kilograms of suspected heroin worth an estimated wholesale value of $13.3 million at Coast Guard Sector San Juan Tuesday, following a recent interagency interdiction by Caribbean Border Interagency Group partner agencies in the Caribbean Sea off Puerto Rico #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Apr.19: The crew of a patrolling Customs and Border Protection Caribbean Air and Marine Branch (CAMB) maritime patrol aircraft initially detected a 30-foot go-fast vessel Saturday afternoon transiting with two people onboard and visible packages on deck south of Patillas, Puerto Rico: Coast Guard watchstanders in Sector San Juan diverted the Coast Guard Cutter Richard Dixon to intercept the suspect vessel while CAMB and Puerto Rico Police Joint Forces of Rapid Action positioned marine units that were also ready to respond. The Richard Dixon arrived on scene and interdicted the go-fast, detained the suspected smugglers and seized #AceNewsDesk reports

U.S. Coast Guard sent this bulletin at 04/19/2018 12:40 PM EDT: Coast Guard, DEA, CBIG partner agencies offload $13.3 million in cocaine, heroin following at-sea interdiction off Puerto Rico

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The crew of the Richard Dixon later rendezvoused with and transferred the contraband and detainees to the Coast Guard Cutter Heriberto Hernandez for transport to Coast Guard Sector San Juan where Drug Enforcement Administration Financial Investigative Team Special Agents in charge of the investigation took custody of the case:

“This case highlights the unwavering resolve and collective efforts of Coast Guard, federal and local law enforcement partners to strengthen the security of the Nation’s Caribbean border and protect our citizens from drug smuggling that threaten our shores,” said Capt. Eric P. King, Sector San Juan commander. “This successful interdiction resulted in the detention of two smugglers and kept a major drug shipment off the streets.” “Inter-agency relentless mission of disrupting and dismantling transnational drug trafficking organizations will continue,” said Reinaldo R. López, DEA Caribbean Division Associate Special Agent in Charge. “DEA warns drug traffickers, especially across the Caribbean, that we are hunting them down in an all-year-round open season.” The two men apprehended in this case, a U.S. Citizen from Puerto Rico and a Dominican Republic national are now in the custody of federal law enforcement authorities in Puerto Rico, where they are facing potential prosecution.

This interdiction was the result of ongoing, multi-agency federal law enforcement efforts in support of Operation Unified Resolve, Operation Caribbean Guard and the Caribbean Border Interagency Group.

The Richard Dixon and Heriberto Hernandez are 154-foot Fast Response Cutters homeported in San Juan.

About CBIG The Caribbean Border Interagency Group was formally created to unify efforts between U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Puerto Rico, and Puerto Rico Police Joint Forces of Rapid Action, in their common goal of securing the borders of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands against illegal migrant and drug smuggling threats.

@USCG transferred custody of two suspected smugglers, 491.5 kg of cocaine and 9.2 kg of suspected heroin worth an estimated wholesale value of $13.3 million at Coast Guard Sector San Juan, Tuesday: https://t.co/64MQ5J663d pic.twitter.com/lpDkj0x4jR— USCGSoutheast April 19, 2018

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(LONDON) MET & FULL COURT REPORT: Ahmed Alsyed one of two brothers who was part of a group planning to travel to #Syria and fight alongside the terrorist organisation Daesh has been jailed at Woolwich Crown Court for four and a half years on Wednesday 18th April: Three of their associates had already been sentenced – including two who were given custodial sentences that totalled six years and 10 months – after pleading guilty to numerous terrorism offences #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Apr.19: [D] Ahmed Alsyed, 20 (25.09.97) of west London was sentenced on Wednesday, 18 April to four-and-a-half years’ imprisonment after pleading guilty on Thursday, 11 January to collection of information, contrary to the Terrorism Act 2000; preparation of terrorist acts and dissemination of terrorist publications, both contrary to the Terrorism Act 2006: His brother [C] Yousif Alsyed, 18 (14.08.99) also from west London, pleaded guilty on Thursday, 11 January to preparation of terrorist acts and dissemination of terrorist publications, both contrary to the Terrorism Act 2006. He will be sentenced on a date to be confirmed #AceNewsDesk reports


[Jailed: Ahmed Alsyed]

Detectives from the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command began their intelligence-led investigation into the group’s activities in spring 2016. They identified that an unknown individual was using the encrypted messaging app Telegram to send messages relating their aspirations of travelling to Syria to “become a martyr”………The individual, who in one message said he was waiting for the “green light to travel”, was using the moniker ‘Abu Ibrahim’…………..Through their enquiries, specialist digital forensics officers established that Yousif Alsyed was the individual posing as ‘Abu Ibrahim’.

On 10 August 2016, police officers at Heathrow Airport stopped the Alsyed brothers under schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000 after they arrived on a flight from Egypt, where they had been holidaying: Detectives seized their mobile phones and analysed them, recovering a significant quantity of Islamic extremist propaganda material. They also recovered Telegram conversations between the brothers and an individual in Yemen discussing plans for travelling to Libya or Syria for the purpose of joining Daesh.

The investigation continued, expanding to look at three other like-minded individuals identified that the brothers had been messaging: These included [A] Mohammed Ali, now 18, (14.11.99), from south west London; [B] a 16-year-old boy from south London and [E] a 15-year-old boy from east London.

After their return from Egypt, both Alsyed brothers acquired new phones which police seized from them when they arrested them in February 2017. Specialists also analysed these phones, finding crucial evidence that the brothers had continued to communicate with facilitators regarding potential travel, as well as communicating with Ali and the two teenagers [B and E].

Commander Clarke Jarrett, of the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, said: “The evidence we recovered showed the clear intent of the Alsyed brothers to go to Syria, where they would join Daesh.

“It is patent to me that their intention, once they had joined the terrorist group, was to fight alongside it as the brothers had invested time in training in the UK, including spending time at a paintballing camp and joining a gym.

“The brothers shared with each other gory videos and images glorifying Daesh. They had their hearts set on joining their fight but our investigation stopped them.”

In early February 2017, counter terrorism detectives identified that Ali and the 16-year-old [B] had booked flights from London Gatwick to Istanbul, departing on 14 February 2017 with a return date of 22 February 2017.

Acting on this information, on the morning of 14 February 2017, officers executed search warrants at the home addresses of the Alsyed brothers, Ali and the 16-year-old.

Detectives seized their passports and recovered evidence including mobile phones, laptops, camping equipment and a list of items needed when camping for long periods.

Police reviewed the evidence, including trawling through a plethora of messages and files on the mobile phones and laptops, subsequently arresting all five males on 21 February 2017.

They were subsequently charged on 24 February 2017:

On 9 June 2017, [B] the 16-year-old pleaded guilty at Woolwich Crown Court to preparation of terrorist acts, contrary to section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006, for which he was sentenced at the Old Bailey to two years and eight months in prison on 3 November 2017.

On 6 July 2017, Ali from south west London pleaded guilty at Woolwich Crown Court to preparation of terrorist acts, contrary to section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006 and collection of information, contrary to section 58 of the Terrorism Act 2000. On 3 November 2017 he was sentenced at the Old Bailey to four years and two months in prison.

On 7 June 2017, at Westminster Youth Court, the 15-year-old boy [E], pleaded guilty to collection of information, contrary to section 58 of the Terrorism Act 2000 and two counts of dissemination of terrorist publications contrary to section 2 of the Terrorism Act 2006. He was not charged with offences relating to travelling to Syria to join a terrorist organisation.

On 31 July 2017, he was sentenced to a 12-month Intensive Referral Order which stipulates that he must take part in a de-radicalisation programme; is subject to a curfew for three months; must undertake 40 hours reparation work and will be monitored by a dedicated youth worker throughout the 12 months.

Concluding, Commander Jarrett, said: “This is an investigation that began with some intelligence and from that detectives were able to identify Yousif Alsyed, then his brother and three others, who were immersed in various terrorist offences.

“If anyone has suspicions about someone who is behaving oddly, sending messages that seem extreme or anything else that strikes them as not quite right, please act on your instinct and report it to police.”

Suspicions can be reported in confidence at www.gov.uk/act or by calling 0800 789 321: // Metropolitan Police One of two brothers who was part of a group planning to travel to Syria has been jailed at Woolwich Crown Court:

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(BIRMINGHAM, U.K.) WMPolice Report: A man who died following a shooting in Birmingham last weekend has been named as Tyrone Dorsett: Detectives have launched a murder investigation after the 20-year-old was found with a gun wound shot to the back in South Holme at just after 12am on Sunday (15 April) #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Apr.19: The family of Tyrone, from Shropshire, have today described him as ’much-loved’ and say he will be ’sorely missed.’ In a statement they said: “Tyrone was a wonderful son, brother and a devoted boyfriend…….”He was very much loved by his family, friends and touched the lives of many. ……”He will be sorely missed and our hearts are broken……………We ask the press to please respect our wishes so we can grieve in private.” #AceNewsDesk reports

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Detective Inspector Warren Hines, from West Midlands Police, said: “My thoughts are with Tyrone’s family and loved ones at this time: “I am determined to find out who is responsible for this murder, there is no place for gun crime in Birmingham and the misery that it causes…………..”We are following a number of lines of enquiry, however I would urge anyone with any information, however insignificant they think that may be to call me personally on 101.”

Alternatively people can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111: Detectives have launched a murder investigation after the 20-year-old was found with a gun wound shot to the back in South Holme at just after 12am on Sunday: https://t.co/1fgy3OvJDM pic.twitter.com/zTT4B8oCNN— West Midlands Police April 19, 2018

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