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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Supervisory Special Agent Bradford Devlin displays a his tattoo, which he says he got while working undercover infiltrating an Aryan biker gang. (U.S. District Court)

Black Female ATF Agent Suing Racist Supervisor for Years of Abuse, Discrimination

Federal agent Bradford Devlin, a senior supervisor in the Seattle Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), is facing a lawsuit filed by Cheryl Bishop alleging years of racist attacks and discrimination.

Devlin has a Nazi tattoo on his arm from years working undercover with a white supremacist biker gang, but he has refused to have it removed, despite the ATF offering to pay for the removal. He also has a history of racist emails and attacks, particularly on Bishop, a Black female agent that swiftly rose through the ranks at ATF, according to The Seattle Times.

Bishop is an ATF supervisor and former bomb-dog handler. She said that she first complained about Devlin’s abuse in 2016.

“For years, I asked ATF to put a stop to the harassment,” Bishop said in a written response to The Seattle Times on the lawsuit. “But the Agency ignored me. Although I kept doing my job, enduring the pain was tearing me apart, so when enough became enough I stood up to the abuse. ATF’s only response was to punish me. This was my #metoo, and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone.”

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Bishop filed her lawsuit in 2018. In the lawsuit, Bishop says that after she complained about Devlin’s alleged abuse, the agency halted a prestigious job opportunity at its headquarters in Washington, D.C. Bishop also alleges that Devlin regularly showed off his Nazi tattoo, bad-mouthed her to federal prosecutors and other law enforcement officials, sent racist text messages in a group chat that she was in and called her “bossy” and “worthless.”

The lawsuit also states that “she found a banana placed on the hood of her car in her new parking spot next to Devlin’s spot — a racist symbol of viewing Black people as monkeys.”

Devlin has claimed in a letter to ATF that he is being discriminated against “based upon my race” as a white man after ATF rescinded a promotion when he refused to have the tattoo removed, according to The Seattle Times.

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