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Judges Tosses Retaliation Lawsuit by ATF Agent Who Previously Settled Complaint Over Supervisor with Nazi Tattoo

Former ATF Agent Bradford Devlin with a Nazi-themed tattoo, via U.S. District Court.

By Steve Neavling

A federal judge tossed a lawsuit filed by a Black former ATF supervisor in Seattle who claimed she was smeared and retaliated against after she settled a previous lawsuit against the agency. 

Cheryl Bishop, the first woman to serve on the ATF’s Special Response Team, received a $450,000 settlement more than two years ago in a lawsuit in which she alleged the ATF scuttled her appointment to a job at Washington D.C.’s headquarters after she blew the whistle on abusive behavior by Bradley Devlin, who served as the resident agent in charge of the Eugene, and complained about a Nazi-themed tattoo on his arm. Devlin denied being abusive and said he got the Nazi tattoo while working undercover investigating an outlaw white-supremacist biker gang in Ohio. Although the agency offered to pay for the removal of the tattoo, Devlin decided to keep it, calling it a “war trophy.”

In the latest suit, U.S. District Chief Judge Ricardo Martinez said Bishop failed to demonstrate that she was retaliated against, saying there was no adverse impact on her job, The Seattle Times reports.

Bishop plans to appeal.

FBI Agent in Connecticut Alleges Abuses, Mismanagement in Lawsuit Claiming Retaliation

By Steve Neavling

An FBI agent in Connecticut claims in a lawsuit that he was retaliated against after complaining that he was passed over for a supervisory position, the New Haven Register reports.

Agent Kurt Siuzdak, a lawyer and 17-year veteran of the FBI, said the Connecticut office is dysfunctional and managed by fear.

Siuzdak said he was retaliated against with a baseless investigation after he launched the complaint.

His wife, Heather Clinton, told the Register that the lawsuit was a last resort.

“This is an organization that he believes in. It’s an organization that is very powerful. And he wants it to be better,” she said.

DOJ Finds ‘Strained’ Relationship Between FBI, Organized Crime Drug Task Force

Steve Neavling 

FBI agents were retaliated against for voicing concerns over operations at the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces Fusion Center, a DOJ inspector general concluded. reports that OCDETF’s leadership also wasn’t cooperative.

The report described the relationship between the FBI agents in the task force and the center’s leaders as “strained.”

In some cases, according to the report, agents were retaliated against for expressing concerns about heavy workloads.

The center’s “management took actions that created difficulties for us in obtaining information from OFC [fusion center] employees and in ensuring that interview responses were candid and complete,” inspectors said.

FBI Fears Gangs Are Targeting North Carolina Police in Retaliation for Shooting

Steve Neavling

A gang in Wilmington, N.C., appears to be retaliating against police for fatally shooting one of its members in October, the Star News reports.

Police shot Brandon Devone Smith on Oct. 13 after he allegedly fired at a sheriff’s detective. A state investigation concluded the fatal shooting was justified.

“Low-ranking gang members have committed to engage in shooting in the City of Wilmington for the next 52 days in retaliation for Smith’s death,” an FBI memo reads.

The FBI and local police have witnessed a spike in violence among gang members who are showing a “blatant disregard for authority and for life,” according to the Star News.

Police Chief Arrested in New York State On Accusations That He Threatened His Replacement

Steve Neavling

A police chief is accused of retaliating against his temporary replacement for snitching on him to the FBI, CBS New York reports.

FBI agents arrested Port Chester, N.Y. Police Chief Joseph Krzeminski on Monday, saying he physically threatened and retaliated against the department’s acting chief, John Telesca. Last week Krzeminski is accused of going to Telesca’s home and calling him a “rat.”

Krzeminski is out of jail on a $100,000 bond.

Krzeminski’s attorney dismissed the allegations, saying his client was the one who requested an FBI investigation.

Judge Drops Wrongful Termination Lawsuit Against Former FBI Agent

Steve Neavling 

A former FBI agent who filed a $2.2 million federal lawsuit against the FBI claiming retaliation and racial discrimination lost her case, WFMJ-NBC reports.

U.S. District Judge Benita Pearson dismissed the case, saying the former agent, Sheila Lawson, never made herself available for depositions.

Lawson, who worked for the FBI between 2002 and 2006, has been largely inaccessible during the case, the WFMJ reported.

Lawson was acting as her own attorney.


Judge: Top FBI Agent in Seattle May Proceed with Age Discrimination, Hostile Workplace Lawsuit

Steve Neavling

The special agent who oversaw the FBI’s Seattle office cleared a hurdle in her discrimination lawsuit against the bureau Thursday, the Seattle Times reports.

U.S. District Judge John Bates ruled that Special Agent-in-Charge Laura M. Laughlin, 55, can proceed with her claims of sex discrimination and retaliation, the Seattle Times reported.

Laughlin claims she has been denied at least 10 promotions since taking over the FBI office in 2005.

The Times wrote that the judge dismissed claims of age discrimination and a hostile work environment.

“After 27 years in the FBI, (Laughlin) has worked her way up to a position with a high level of responsibility, only to find that she no longer has the opportunity for advancement that her peers have (and) she no longer has control of all bureau operations in her jurisdiction,” Laughlin’s attorneys wrote.

Border Patrol Agent Settles Whistleblower Retaliation Claim Over Comments About Port Angeles Station

Steve Neavling

A Border Patrol agent who said he and his family were subjected to “ugly harassment” by federal officials in retaliation for complaining that the Port Angeles station is wasting resources reached a settlement with the agency, the Associated Press reports.

Christian Sanchez settled with Border Patrol over his whistleblower retaliation claim during mediation by the Office of Special Counsel, the AP reported.

Border Patrol officials declined to divulge details of the settlement, saying the terms were confidential.

Sanchez apparently ruffled feathers when he told the Sunlight Foundation Advisory Committee on Transparency in July 2011 that the Port Angeles station is a “black hole” with “no purpose, no mission.”