Written by Stacy M. Brown
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 14:15
Latest Report Shows Systemic Bias
The U.S. Marshals Service prohibited agent Matthew Fogg from conducting drug busts in predominately white sections of Washington, D.C.
Also, the crime-busting federal law enforcement agency frequently left Fogg alone on stakeouts while in search of some of the most notorious fugitives in the county, he said. He often expressed concerns about the constant surveillance of lower-level drug dealers, as opposed to wealthy, white suppliers.
"We were mainly targeting urban areas, and, even when I brought the issue up, I was told that [blacks] were the weakest link in the drug war and that's where we [could] get our numbers up," said Fogg, 61. "There were times after I complained to my supervisors, I was left by myself on stakeouts with armed and dangerous fugitives who we were supposed to be trying to apprehend. My life was in danger," he said.
Today, the retired chief deputy, who served more than 15 years at the U.S. Marshals Service, currently holds the position as the national 1st vice president for Blacks in Government (BIG) and the national vice president for the Federally Employed Women's Legal and Education Fund.
By Barnini Chakraborty
Published April 25, 2013
WASHINGTON – An independent government watchdog agency is investigating allegations that President Obama's nominee to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives retaliated against employees for whistle-blowing, FoxNews.com has learned.
The allegations against B. Todd Jones, a Minnesota federal prosecutor who also is serving as acting director of the ATF while his nomination is pending, include claims that he mismanaged the prosecutor's office and presided over a "climate of fear." Specifically, he was accused of retaliating against whistle-blowing with "a suspension and a lowered performance appraisal."
In a letter dated July 20, 2012 to the Office of Special Counsel, employees at the U.S. Attorney's Office in Minnesota first claimed that they were being mistreated and that the office had turned into a "hostile work environment."
The letter, obtained by FoxNews.com, said Jones "instituted a climate of fear, has pushed employees out of the office, dismissed employees wrongly, violated the hiring practices of the EEOC and put in place an Orwellian style of management that continues to polarize the office."
A complaint alleged that the Respondent (U.S. Dept. of Air Force) violated §§ 7116(a)(1) and (8) of the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute (Statute) by conducting a formal discussion with a bargaining unit employee concerning the mediation of a formal Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) complaint without affording the Union notice and an opportunity to be represented pursuant to § 7114(a)(2) of the Statute. The Judge concluded that the Air Force violated the Statute as alleged.