Federal Union Official Warns ICE Head ‘Every Officer Has Weapons’

I promised you more details on the brewing controversy within the Los Angeles field office of the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement and here you go.

 

A high ranking union official for one of the largest federal employee unions representing officers, agents and employees who work for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) threatened to go to the media if the head of ICE didn’t investigate the writing of racial slurs on two African-American agents lockers.

I managed to get my hands on an email originating in Los Angeles to the former Director of ICE John Morton that says in explicit detail that if the agency didn’t have the July 9, 2013 incident investigated by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General and/or the FBI “then it will be brought to the attention of the media.”

Email from union official to former ICE head John Morton.

Email from union official to former ICE head John Morton.

The email was sent on July 11, 2013 two days after two ICE agents returned to the L.A. field office and found the words “monkey” and “liver lips” written on their lockers in the men’s locker room.

The email also goes on to say, “as an ICE employee I am very upset at the response from local management regarding this situation with their lack of concern and what seems to be content for this type of treatment.”

To date, while ICE continues to conduct numerous investigations involving civilians throughout the US, it has failed to conduct an internal investigation into which one of their own agents committed a hate crime and civil rights violation in their Los Angeles field office. The location of the lockers guarantees that only another ICE employee or employees would have had the access to write the racial slurs.

In another email (posted below story), the same union official requests that the ICE Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) which investigates misconduct allegations not be involved in the investigation because the wife of one of the suspect’s, Supervisory Detention & Deportation Officer (AFOD) Arturo Trevino works in the office which would be an obvious (but always) conflict of interest. Trevino has been accused of not taking the incident seriously.

We are fearful that if the Agency (ICE) does not investigate this matter and make the effort to find out who did this and then take the appropriate action, then it would create an environment of more hostility and animosity among the employees.

This is a law enforcement environment where every officer has weapons…

Union officials and others close to the situation believe that the agency is hoping this situation will go away quietly and without incident.

ICE has been in the news in recent weeks for releasing thousands of illegal immigrants, including over 600 who had criminal convictions, as a way to deal with budget shortfalls and for the lawsuit following the death of a 38-year-old undocumented immigrant who was housed at the downtown Los Angeles Metropolitan Detention Center when he died from complications from diabetes. The lawsuit alleges that inadequate medical care led to the untimely death Roberto Aguilar Bautista in March.

Images of the emails, defamed lockers, and letters from the agents targeted are below.

 

EXHIBIT B - The word monkey scrawled on the locker of a Black ICE agent in the Los Angeles office of the DHS.

The word monkey scrawled on the locker of a Black agent in the Los Angeles field office of DHS ICE.

EXHIBIT C - The word "liver lips" scrawled on the locker of a Black ICE agent in the Los Angeles office of the DHS.

The word “liver lips” scrawled on the locker of a Black agent in the Los Angeles field office of DHS ICE.

EXHIBIT D

Letter from Black agent in the Los Angeles field office of DHS ICE regarding his locker having the word “monkey” written on it.

Icegate 2

Second Black agent in the Los Angeles field office of DHS ICE writes letter regarding his locker having the words “liver lips” written on it.

Email from union official to former ICE head John Morton.

Email from union official to former ICE head John Morton.

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Email from union official to former ICE head John Morton.

The Court of Public Opinion

  • Fedup

    It is about time the news media and the public become aware of this disgusting pattern of behavior occuring within the ICE Los Angeles Field Office. Jasmyne, you have only scratched the surface of the sexism, cover-ups, racism, homophobia, intimidation tactics, nepotism, etc which plague our office. Please do not stop until the truth surrounding our “management” and their cronies have been exposed to the national media. Many of us hope OIG/HQ or DOJ OIG pick up these complaints and investigate thoroughly so the truth becomes known. How does someone go from being a clerk to a sworn agent with several promotions including a pending one happen in less than 5 years? How does a cook at a detention center become an AFOD who mind you, was caught sexting a highly respected Agent’s wife? How does an SDDO who was part of the “Mexican Mafia” kidnap an Agent he supervised amongst other things; get protection from both DFOD’s until be eventually snitched others out? We have a lot more evidence out there to bring this inept managerial team down should we get the right OIG and or media markets behind us.

  • Dallasfinest

    Wow and I thought our field office had problems……..Dallas doesn’t even come close to L.A. Pretty sad though considering there’s some really good officers and agents there but just like us, we had really bad management the only difference is we voiced our concerns loud to the point where they pretty much cleaned house from FOD down to AFOD in some cases. Hang in there L.A you guys have taken a beating in the federal survey amongst ICE offices and sounds like it’s gonna stay there for a while. But I’ll throw you guys a bone lol. Word around the copier machines is apparently your new FOD David Jennings likes to take pedestrians for rides on the hood of his G-Ride without their consent. LMAO Seriously guess he ran over some pedestrian while leaving the gas station is his story but from what we’re hearing his story was so suspect he had his phone records subpoenaed. The victim is suing the agency and DJ for millions of dollars. I’m sorry but how did he become the FOD/SES of LA with that underneath his belt. Oh yeah that’s right, Timothy “Stripper Pole” Robbins is his boy.

  • CityEye

    Wow what many of us find absolutely appalling all these agencies have issues, they are run by human beings who are not perfect so get it right. HOwever, the fact that people are getting killed every other day in South LA and Jasmyne is yet to print One word about that is astounding. There have been over 10 shootings and 7 killed in less then 3 weeks and all the black activists like her friend Earl Hutchinson is wanted photo ops from Ferguson, Maxine Waters, Al Sharpton, Jasmyne, Najee Ali and the rest stay SILENT….WHY? Is it because it is black on black crime??? Just asking

  • juan lemmon

    This may appear like something which demands urgent investigation – to people on the outside reading about these little bumps in the road at the Long Beach office of DHS/ICE.
    But how can anyone expect more than a raised eyebrow and a ho-hum over this incident after the bar has been set so high.
    Face the facts, a shootout inside the office between an agent and supervisor is the new normal at Long Beach DHS.