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Botched ATF sting in Milwaukee ensnares brain-damaged man
Milwaukee J-S ^ | 07 apr 2013 | John Diedrich and Raquel Rutledge

Posted on 04/07/2013 5:17:17 AM PDT by rellimpank

“With him being slow, they knew that and they used him. He was too slow to catch on to what was going on. He was saying, ‘These are my good friends. These are my guys. They are looking out for me.’”- Willie Campbell, Chauncey Wright’s grandmother.

ATF agents running an undercover storefront in Milwaukee used a brain-damaged man with a low IQ to set up gun and drug deals, paying him in cigarettes, merchandise and money, according to federal documents obtained by the Journal Sentinel.

For more than six months, federal agents relied on Chauncey Wright to promote "Fearless Distributing" by handing out fliers as he rode his bike around town recommending the store to friends, family and strangers, according to federal prosecutors and family members.

Wright, unaware that the store was an undercover operation being run by agents with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, also stocked shelves with shoes, clothing, drug paraphernalia and auto parts, according to his family.

Once authorities shut down the operation, they charged the 28-year-old man with federal gun and drug counts.

"I have never heard of anything so ludicrous in my life," said Greg Thiele, who spent 30 years working for the Milwaukee Police Department including on undercover stings with federal agents, including those with the ATF. "Something is very wrong here."

Wright's IQ measures in the 50s, about half of a normal IQ, according to those familiar with him. Wright's score is classified as mildly or moderately disabled, depending on the IQ scale used.

(Excerpt) Read more at jsonline.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: atf; banglist; batf; bootthebatfe; corruption; guncontrol; secondamendment
--near unbelievable except that it's SOP for the ATF--
1 posted on 04/07/2013 5:17:17 AM PDT by rellimpank
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To: Hunton Peck; Diana in Wisconsin; P from Sheb; Shady; DonkeyBonker; Wisconsinlady; JPG; bushwon; ...

—ping—


2 posted on 04/07/2013 5:19:49 AM PDT by rellimpank (--don't believe anything the media or government says about firearms or explosives--)
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To: rellimpank

And the guy is probably still smarter than your average ATF goon.


3 posted on 04/07/2013 5:26:35 AM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: rellimpank
The only big problems I have with this scenario are that using this guy could have opened him up to harm...and the fact that they charged him.A person with an IQ in the 50's cannot,IMO,be held criminally (or even morally) responsible for illegal or immoral acts.If I was the family of this guy I'd do my best to have everyone involved in having him criminally prosecuted sent to Club Fed for a good long time.Drop the charges,OTOH,and I'm not nearly as uspset.

Go ahead...flame away!

4 posted on 04/07/2013 5:34:25 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative ("Progressives" toss the word "racist" around like chimps toss their feces)
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To: rellimpank
Just to refresh memories, yes, it's another aspect of that ATF operation:

"Along with the M-4 .223-caliber fully automatic rifle stolen from an agent’s vehicle was a Smith & Wesson 9mm handgun and a Sig Sauer .40-caliber pistol. The M-4 and the Smith & Wesson haven’t been found, although the article says a “suspect” hid it under his bed. The suspect was questioned, “refused to talk” and was released. How does anyone know the M-4 was hidden under bed??? The suspect name was not revealed in the JSOnline article. Somewhere there’s an M-4 machine gun on the loose. Is this Fast and Furious II? Is there another victim like Brian Terry yet to report?"

5 posted on 04/07/2013 5:38:15 AM PDT by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: rellimpank
ATF guns, including a machine gun, were stolen from an agent's vehicle; agents lost a ballistic shield; the storefront was burglarized of what agents said was nearly $40,000 in merchandise; agents left behind sensitive documents after they shut down the operation; and at least three of the wrong people were charged. In addition, agents damaged the building and ran up utility bills, then refused to pay the landlord and warned him against pursuing the matter.

If the government really wanted to save money, which it doesn't, they'd shutter the ATF. Not only would it save money, but the crime rate and the number of illegal weapons on the street, would likely be reduced.

6 posted on 04/07/2013 5:46:15 AM PDT by Flick Lives (We're going to be just like the old Soviet Union, but with free cell phones!)
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To: rellimpank

I’m really surprised that the NAACP, the SPLC, Jesse Jackson, and all the rest of the race whores aren’t on the scene and protecting this black man.

I don’t care if he’s black, white, green or purple.

If this man truly has an IQ in the 50s, it is most assuredly certain the ATF manipulated him extensively. It is a blatant case of entrapment. I would dearly love to be on his jury. I’d nullify the case so fast the ATF would think they were bent over a table and buggered.


7 posted on 04/07/2013 5:54:44 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Gaffer
-- It is a blatant case of entrapment. I would dearly love to be on his jury. I’d nullify the case so fast the ATF would think they were bent over a table and buggered.--

--the jury I'd prefer to be on would be one involving a trial of any of the ATF supervisors who dreamed up any of this clusterflop----

8 posted on 04/07/2013 6:06:23 AM PDT by rellimpank (--don't believe anything the media or government says about firearms or explosives--)
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To: Gaffer

>>I’m really surprised that the NAACP, the SPLC, Jesse Jackson, and all the rest of the race whores aren’t on the scene and protecting this black man.

Because you “have to break a few eggs to make an omelet.” The NAACP, SPLC, and JJ know that the ATF is working to make gun ownership illegal for law-abiding white people and they don’t care about anything else.


9 posted on 04/07/2013 6:09:20 AM PDT by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: Bryanw92

Maybe. I just think it goes to show you that the government, the so-called race protection operatives, et al really don’t give a sh!t about their compadres. They, their manufactured plights, are just an excuse and a means to an ideological end unconnected with anything but power and control.


10 posted on 04/07/2013 6:11:08 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: rellimpank

Did they drop the charges on the dupe? I was talking about him. Not some effing government puke.


11 posted on 04/07/2013 6:11:59 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Lurker

‘And the guy is probably still smarter than your average ATF goon.’e Odumbo administration.

I believe that the man does meet the qualifications for an ambassadorship in the Odumbo administration.


12 posted on 04/07/2013 6:18:07 AM PDT by Delta Dawn
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To: rellimpank; All
This is a very interesting story, because they come down pretty hard on the ATF.

The ATF is one of the agencies that the MSM loves, because they are the federal gateway to ever nastier gun control.

Yet, here there are being severely criticised...

It is a good sign.

We should probably take this as... If the MSM has to chose between throwing the ATF or Affirmative Action under the bus, well... bye, bye ATF.

13 posted on 04/07/2013 6:23:00 AM PDT by marktwain (The MSM must die for the Republic to live. Long live the new media!)
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To: marktwain

It’s so refreshing to see journalists actually do their jobs. Keep it up Journal Sentinel.


14 posted on 04/07/2013 6:29:27 AM PDT by Gorilla44
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To: Delta Dawn

I doubt any ATF personnel knew the young man is retarded. Membership in this particular bureaucracy requires a suspension of consciousness. It is manifestly obvious they believed him to be a criminal deserving of their special brand of justice. They may have been correct. Is it possible he is the mastermind behind the breakin and theft of ATF armaments?
With this gang there is no distinction between reality and fantasy. Sarcasm is meaningless in these times.


15 posted on 04/07/2013 6:33:07 AM PDT by Louis Foxwell (Better the devil we can destroy than the Judas we must tolerate.)
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To: rellimpank

Brain damaged?

He’s ready for a Cabinet position in tyhe Obama administration.


16 posted on 04/07/2013 6:37:29 AM PDT by Iron Munro (Welcome to Obama-Land - EVERYTHING NOT FORBIDDEN IS COMPULSORY)
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To: Gorilla44
with the stench of this case so strong; they had to, otherwise it would've been spiked.

17 posted on 04/07/2013 6:38:40 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (who'll take tomorrow,$pend it all today;who can take your income,tax it all away..0'Blowfly can :-)
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To: Gay State Conservative

I’m seeing your point, GSC. The guy is HIRED to work for the undercover cops. After working for sometime doing legitimate things, he is then asked to get drugs and guns for his employers???

Can anyone say , ‘Entrapment’?

Not impressed with the caliber of ATF agents here. They should have recognized early on that Wright was a small fish and his arrest and conviction did not warrant the time and expense of an undercover operation. He should have been tossed back and the entire operation should have been scrapped.

Did the ATF begin this operation under the auspices of HOPING to land a few big ones? Before committing the time and money on this effort, did they not know who they were after, or even had a releable tie-in to the wanted parties?

Undercover operations should never be undertaken on the off-chance that they might land a big one. Have a plan at the very least.


18 posted on 04/07/2013 6:40:23 AM PDT by Delta Dawn
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To: marktwain

-—yep—to the dubious credit of the J-S, which usually toes the urban Demo anti-gun line, they have been covering this fairly well—


19 posted on 04/07/2013 6:44:22 AM PDT by rellimpank (--don't believe anything the media or government says about firearms or explosives--)
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To: rellimpank; All

Post/thread BUMP!


20 posted on 04/07/2013 6:51:14 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: rellimpank

Outcome based education at work here very prevalent in Washington,DC


21 posted on 04/07/2013 6:59:27 AM PDT by Rappini (Veritas vos Liberabit)
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To: marktwain

Food for thought... Along the same lines , the ATF maybe the one rouge agency that Obama doesn’t trust.


22 posted on 04/07/2013 7:24:38 AM PDT by piroque ("In times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act")
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To: rellimpank

The ATF is the inbred, snaggle-toothed hillbilly of federal agencies.


23 posted on 04/07/2013 7:25:38 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("Somebody has to be courageous enough to stand up to the bullies." --Dr. Ben Carson)
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To: Sooth2222
Along with the M-4 .223-caliber fully automatic rifle

I find it difficult to believe anything is written by the press these days. I will parse the sentence above. The only part of the sentence that is correct is, "Along with the".

"M-4" should be "M4" (no hyphen), or "M4 Carbine". If it a M4, as in true a military model, then ".223-caliber" should be "5.56x45mm", even though it is capable of firing .223 ammo.

Lastly, a M4 is semi-automatic/select-fire weapon. A M4A1 can be fired fully automatic, but there is no way of knowing it is a M4A1, since it was written as M-4.

Rewriting the partial sentence accurately, given the what I think is the author's intent, would be simply, "Along with the M4A1 Carbine." Nothing more is needed.

I find it utterly amazing how ignorant and lazy the press is. The press can't even write a partial sentence that is accurate. Just like politicians, the press is too lazy to educate themselves and be accurate.

Why the big deal, well I just have a problem with lies, like when Obama lied about the weapon used at Sandy Hook the other day while campaigning. He incorrectly, corrected himself, calling the weapon fully automatic. It wasn't a mistake. He lies. The media lies.

These are the people that are trying to sway public opinion to take away our rights, and they have to lie to do so.

One day they may learn the true meaning of accuracy and gun control.

24 posted on 04/07/2013 8:43:59 AM PDT by ConservativeInPA (Molon Labe - Shall not be questioned)
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To: Gay State Conservative

No flamin’ from me - they took advantage of a mentally retarded citizen and then decided to throw him out with the trash. If he had been a girl and a bunch of folks decided to make her the “life of the party”, there would be charges of rape and abuse.


25 posted on 04/07/2013 9:15:36 AM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: rellimpank

I fear Wright’s remaining life span will now be measured in days,either in jail or on the streets.How low can the ATF go?


26 posted on 04/08/2013 3:57:06 AM PDT by Thombo2
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
Everybody worth a tinkers damn in the DEA & BATF retired or left either agency in the mid-90's.

They have both been a headless chicken cluster...well you know what...since then.
27 posted on 04/08/2013 4:26:30 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum -- "The Taliban is inside the building")
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To: Flick Lives

Replace ATF with Stasi or KGB or SS and it would read the same.


28 posted on 04/08/2013 4:26:45 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Delta Dawn

Sounds like they set up a sting in an honest town and had to get someone to pin something on. So they picked the retarded guy.

Sheesh. Holders Justice department is a total joke.


29 posted on 04/08/2013 7:14:02 AM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: American in Israel

btt


30 posted on 04/08/2013 9:00:00 AM PDT by supremedoctrine
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To: rellimpank

ATF - Assassins, Thugs and Felons. Does this fit the description of this supposed federal agency? Gee, just when we thought America was safe - the American President and his thugs are the greatest threat to America has become SOP.


31 posted on 04/08/2013 9:05:00 AM PDT by hondact200 (Candor dat viribos alas (sincerity gives wings to strength) and Nil desperandum (never despair))
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To: rellimpank
ATF agents running an undercover storefront in Milwaukee used a brain-damaged man with a low IQ to set up gun and drug deals, paying him in cigarettes, merchandise and money, according to federal documents obtained by the Journal Sentinel.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (D) was involved?

32 posted on 04/08/2013 2:39:00 PM PDT by BlueMondaySkipper (Involuntarily subsidizing the parasite class since 1981)
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bump


33 posted on 04/09/2013 12:00:16 AM PDT by XHogPilot
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