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Archive for July 2nd, 2019

Detroit FBI Chief Timothy Slater to Lead Bureau’s Washington Field Office

Timothy Slater

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

Timothy R. Slater, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Detroit Field Office, is going to lead the Washington Field Office.

The Washington Field Office, which covers Washington and Northern Virginia, is one of three FBI field offices led by an assistant director in charge.

Slater’s career with the FBI began in 1999 as a special agent assigned to the Violent Crimes Task Force in Detroit. In 2013, Slater as assigned to Detroit’s satellite office in Flint before moving to Palm Beach Resident Agency in 2016.

Slater was promoted in 2007 to supervisory special agent in the Criminal Investigative Division at FBI headquarters. A year later, he moved to Oklahoma to supervise four resident agencies in the state.

In 2010, Slater became a unit chief in the Critical Incident Response Group (CIRG), which coordinates and manages the FBI’s tactical, negotiations, behavioral analysis, surveillance and aviation; the Strategic Information and Operations Center; and crisis management resources.

In 2013, he served as an assistant special agent in charge of the Knoxville Field Office before returning to CIRG, where he served as a section chief in 2014 and a deputy assistant director in 2015.

Briefly Slater was the special agent in charge of the Denver Field Office in 2016 before becoming the special agent in charge of the Criminal/Cyber Division at the Washington Field Office later that year.

In 2018, Slater took over the Detroit Field Office.

CBP Investigates Offensive Posts on Border Patrol Facebook Group

Photo via Border Patrol

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is investigating a secret and offensive Facebook group reportedly used by current and former Border Patrol agents.

ProPublica, a nonprofit investigative news outlet, revealed the group, which included offensive content and demeaning posts that targeted undocumented immigrants and U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

One of the posts included an illustration of President Trump pushing the congresswoman’s head toward his crotch. In another post, a member encouraged agents to toss a “burrito at these bitches,” referring to members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

Commenters also questioned the authenticity of a viral photo of a drowned man and his younger daughter.

Ocasio-Cortez said the posts reflect “a violent culture.”

“This isn’t just about ‘a few bad eggs,'” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “This is a violent culture.”

Border Patrol chief Carla Provost slammed the social media page as “completely inappropriate.”

“These posts are completely inappropriate and contrary to the honor and integrity I see — and expect — from our agents day in and day out,” Provost said in a pubic statement. “Any employees found to have violated our standards of conduct will be held accountable.”

Matthew Klein, assistant commissioner of the Office of Professional Responsibility, cited CBP’s Standard of Conduct, which states, “Employees will not make abusive, derisive, profane, or harassing statements or gestures, or engage in any other conduct evidencing hatred or invidious prejudice to or about one person or group on account of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age or disability. This includes comments and posts made on private social media sites.”

“Today, U.S. Customs and Border Protection was made aware of disturbing social media activity hosted on a private Facebook group that may include a number of CBP employees,” Klein said. “CBP immediately informed DHS Office of the Inspector General and initiated an investigation.”