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By an ATF agent. 🤣

An agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has filed a federal lawsuit accusing two Columbus police officers of using excessive force against him while he was working in his official capacity.

Agent James Burk, a 16-year veteran of the ATF, said in the lawsuit he was working a "routine" assignment on July 7. That afternoon, he went to a home on the 3300 block of Edgebrook Drive near Dublin to retrieve a shotgun from someone who was not permitted to have a firearm.

The lawsuit said Burk was in his normal work attire, which was described as "casual professional" with his credentials in a pocket and an ID card around his neck.

When Burk knocked on the door of the home, a person inside called 911 and read the dispatcher Burk's badge number while refusing to open the door.
According to the lawsuit, this happens routinely and Burk had never had any issue with dispatchers or officers verifying his status as an ATF agent on assignment.

However, in this instance, Burk said the dispatcher told the 911 caller not to answer the door and dispatched Columbus police officers Joseph Fihe, a 20-year member of the division, and Kevin Winchell, who is also a 20-year veteran officer.

"When Fihe arrived at the scene, Agent Burk stood outside the home's front door and waved the officer over to where he was standing," the lawsuit said. "Even though Agent Burk had both hands raised and had represented that he is a federal agent, officer Fihe immediately drew his weapon and pointed it ... while simultaneously screaming at (Burk) to get on the ground."

The lawsuit said Burk told Fihe and Winchell, who arrived a short time later and also drew his gun while ordering Burk to the ground, that his credentials were in his pocket.

Fihe pointed his firearm at Burk for more than 90 seconds, according to the lawsuit, before both Fihe and Winchell "climbed on his back while violently twisting and pulling his arms to handcuff him."

The lawsuit said the officers also used a Taser on Burk multiple times while he was face down and "not evading arrest" before handcuffing Burk and placing him in the back of a cruiser, a process that involved pulling him into the car because a seatbelt was in the way.

After about an hour, during which Burk said he was denied water and "frequently disparaged ... to everyone in earshot" by Fihe, Burk was released without charges.

"Agent Burk acted lawfully and posed no immediate threat to officers Fihe and Winchell or anyone else," the lawsuit said. "Agent Burk did not resist the officers, attempt to flee from their custody or display any physical aggressiveness towards them."

The lawsuit said body cameras captured much of the incident and that the footage was shared within CPD for no apparent purpose.

Burk has since moved to an administrative role within ATF because of the incident and injuries, both physical and psychological, Burk says he suffered.

The lawsuit names the City of Columbus, Fihe and Winchell as defendants and argues this is part of a pattern of misconduct by Columbus police and a lack of investigation into officers' behavior, calling it "unconstitutional policing."

The Division of Police said it does not comment on pending litigation.

welcome to the party, pal.
https://www.dispatch.com/story/news...s-police-officers-excessive-force/6505667002/
 
Should of shot the cocksuckers dog too. For some reason I have no fucks to give about poor Mr ATF.
 
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That damn payback is a bitch. Hahahahahahaaha
 
All law enforcement is a shit show currently. Kinda funny hearing about local PD rough housing an ATF agent. Maybe if more PD's did it, those fucks wouldn't be in such a hurry to hit the streets and trample the constitution.
 
All law enforcement is a shit show currently. Kinda funny hearing about local PD rough housing an ATF agent. Maybe if more PD's did it, those fucks wouldn't be in such a hurry to hit the streets and trample the constitution.

This. Keeping dogs alive one ATF agent at a time.
 
Good those cops deserve a beer. This is the one time I applaud excessive use of force!!

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You should listen to the podcast Serial Season 3. It is all about the court system and it focuses on Cleveland (and while not the same as Columbus, it is the first thing that came to mind )
 
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Good those cops deserve a beer. This is the one time I applaud excessive use of force!!

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Youre going to need to buy them one. If this happened as stated both officers can be charged under a federal felony offense. If poor Mr. ATF man wants to be a dick, Officers Fihe and Winchell are going to jail.
 
ATF dude's story is bullshit.

except there's body camera footage.

https://www.wcbe.org/post/body-cam-...ootage shows Columbus,agent to file a lawsuit.

Body camera footage shows Columbus police officers handcuffing and tazing a U.S. Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms Agent in July, an incident that prompted the agent to file a lawsuit.

The footage shows the officer who arrived first on the scene telling ATF agent James Burk to put his hands up and then pulling his gun. Burk repeatedly identified himself as a federal agent, and offered to show his badge, but the cop tells him to keep his hands in the air. Another officer who arrived on the scene also pointed his gun at Burk. Instead of checking his badge, the officers attempted to handcuff him. Burk has filed an excessive use of force lawsuit.
 
Youre going to need to buy them one. If this happened as stated both officers can be charged under a federal felony offense. If poor Mr. ATF man wants to be a dick, Officers Fihe and Winchell are going to jail.

and that's the fucked up part.

the average columbus citizen would get a summary dismissal of their complaint.
 
This reminds me of the CHP officer that arrested a fire truck driver. The driver of the fire truck had responded to a serious crash on a major highway and parked the truck behind the ambulance to protect it from getting hit. CHP dude didn't like it and told him to move the truck. Truck driver refused and got cuffed and stuffed. You can hear the other firefighters asking him for help and he casually responds, "I can't I'm getting arrested over here."
 
Still think there is more to the story that isn't being told.

regardless. cop on cop, I give no fucks.

and i guess after the video comes out you'll probably say it was faked too?

CPD is notoriously aggressive. I don't doubt dudes story one bit. I'm just sad that it takes a federal agent getting roughed up before someone takes them to federal court, because a lot of other people have been roughed up and told to go fuck off, or the taxpayers footed the payout.
 
and i guess after the video comes out you'll probably say it was faked too?

CPD is notoriously aggressive. I don't doubt dudes story one bit. I'm just sad that it takes a federal agent getting roughed up before someone takes them to federal court, because a lot of other people have been roughed up and told to go fuck off, or the taxpayers footed the payout.

If and when I see the footage I may or may not re-evaluate. I have no problem admitting when I am wrong.
 
Youre going to need to buy them one. If this happened as stated both officers can be charged under a federal felony offense. If poor Mr. ATF man wants to be a dick, Officers Fihe and Winchell are going to jail.

No administrative leave after an internal investigation? Hmmmmm
 
Same ATF agent James Burk?

https://www.wcpo.com/news/local-new... ATF agent James,wine from the Landen Kroger.

ATF agent charged with stealing wine from Kroger


By: Jay Warren
Posted at 6:50 PM, Oct 16, 2015

and last updated 3:50 PM, Oct 16, 2015

DEERFIELD TWP., Ohio – A federal agent is charged with stealing wine from a Kroger store after employees grew suspicious and alerted authorities.

Police say ATF agent James Burk took expensive wine to the self-checkout lane and charged himself a small percent of the cost.

Burk was charged by the Warren County Sheriff's Office for stealing more than $200 in wine from the Landen Kroger.

According to deputies, they caught Burk going to the self-checkout in August and paying $19 for four bottles of wine that had a total price tag of $222.

The report says Burk bought bottles of Stag's Leap Wine priced at $62.99 and $33.99, but the code he entered charged him only $4.99.

According to the report, Kroger employees had grown suspicious of Burk and began watching him. They said he did the same thing multiple times.

We went to Burk's house for comment but no one came to the door. We also contacted the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. A spokeswoman said the agency is aware of the charge and that it is handling the matter internally but would not comment further

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There might be undisclosed dramafuckery afoot :laughing:
 
Burk sounds like a pussy piece of shit.

Did the guy in the house get to keep his shotgun?
 
O noes, complaint says he was denied water for an hour... the tragedy. Some of the stuff they make up to hype the drama is so dumb.
 
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