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FBI Director Pledges to Reverse Trend of Fewer Minority Agents

FBI Director James Comey

FBI Director James Comey

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The number of minority FBI agents continues to decline, but bureau Director James Comey pledged to reverse that trend.

Politico reports that 581 African American agents worked at the FBI as of March, down from 606 at the end of 2014.

The number of Latino agents also declined to 882 from 916 in 2014.

“Too early to say whether we’re going to be able to change the inflection of the line. Lots going on in the FBI to try and change that. I’ll probably have a better sense at the end of this year, as to whether we’re seeing a change,” Comey said. “Anecdotally I feel, change in that area, change in the people who are expressing interest. … I don’t know whether that’s our reference or the show Quantico? More to come at the end of the year. I think both are possible.”

First Hispanic to Run FBI’s Largest Field Office Keeps Low Profile

Diego Rodriguez

Diego Rodriguez

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Before Diego Rodriguez became the first Hispanic person to run the FBI’s largest field office, he turned down an offer in the late 1980s to join the bureau.

“I’m really happy teaching. Thanks, but no thanks,” he recalled saying, the Associated Press reports.

But Rodriguez eventually decided to join the FBI and began working drug cases.

More than 25 years later, Rodriguez oversees about 2,000 agents working on cases raining from terrorism and insider trading to cyber fraud and public corruption. He is the assistant director in charge of the FBI’s New York office.

Rodriguez has kept a low profile.

“I genuinely care about their cases, but I’m not a micro-manager,” Rodriguez, 50, said in a recent interview in his lower Manhattan office. “They’ve got their own chain of command. The head of the office doesn’t need to be meddling in certain things.”

The Associated Press wrote:

Rodriguez’s modesty is rooted in humble beginnings: He was born in Colombia and moved to New York City with his family as an infant. He spent his childhood in working-class Queens, where his father turned him in to a lifelong soccer fan by taking him to see the legendary Pele play for the New York Cosmos.

After graduating from St. John’s University and teaching middle school Spanish, he made his career switch and landed his first FBI assignment in a taskforce investigating money laundering by South American and Mexican drug rings. Over the years, he held various investigative and supervisory positions in Puerto Rico, Miami and Washington before being appointed in 2010 to head the New York office’s criminal division.

At the time, the division was immersed in the groundbreaking investigation of Wall Streetmagnate Raj Rajaratnam and his multi-billion-dollar Galleon hedge fund. It marked the first time the bureau had turned to a method familiar in mob and drug cases — wiretaps — to capture conversations about insider trading. The wires sunk the talkative and boastful Rajaratnam, who’s serving an 11-year prison term.

Hispanic voters favor Obama despite immigration policies

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

So far President Obama’s immigration policies are unlikely to woo Latino voters, especially after Homeland Security reported last week that too few deportations are being halted under the administration.

Now pressure is building for Obama to loosen his policies in hopes of gaining more support from Latinos, who overwhelmingly supported the president in 2008, according to the New York Times.

Critics believe the president has failed on his pledge to focus deportation efforts on criminals rather than illegal immigrations with clean records, the Times reported.

Under Obama’s watch, fewer deportation cases are being dismissed and new measures are netting more detainments, reports the New York Times.

Still, polls show Hispanics favor Obama over Republican candidate Mitt Romney by 67% to 26%.

Agents File Suit Against DEA for Discrimination

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Some DEA agents in the Caribbean are not too happy with the way things are.

Ten Puerto Rican agents filed suit against the agency claiming they receive less pay and riskier assignments than agents sent to the island from the mainland, the Huffington Post reports.

Attorney Bamily Lopez Ortiz said on Monday that the agents were reluctant to file charges but felt deprived of bonuses and incentives given to agents hired on the mainland. The ten agents were all hired in Puerto Rico.

Because Puerto Rico is considered a high-intensity drug trafficking area, agents hired in the US to work in Puerto Rico are eligible for bonuses equal to a quarter of their base pay, meaning some Puerto Rican agents may be owed more than $100,000 in lost pay and damages, Lopez said.

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Fla. Cop Gets Three Years for Targeting, Stealing From Hispanic Drivers

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Racial profiling might seem lucrative, but the cost of doing business will eventually catch up.

A Florida police officer who was arrested for stealing cash from Hispanics he pulled over was sentenced to three years in prison on Tuesday, reports the Miami Herald.

Mark Ott’s sentence comes eight months after a joint undercover sting between the FBI and local law enforcement agencies caught him illegally confiscating between $35 and $400 from Hispanic men he had pulled over between February and May of last year, the Herald reported.

Ott targeted most of the men after the left local check cashing stores, prosecutors had found. In May Ott stopped an undercover sheriff’s deputy and an FBI agent posing as a driver and a passenger, confiscating the driver’s wallet and swiping $150 of $400 of photocopied bills in the wallet, according to the Herald.

The sentence was part of a plea deal in which Ott plead guilty to five felony charges of evidencing prejudice while committing robbery. Ott will also repay $1,780 to victims as part of the deal.

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Hispanics and Muslims Targeted More in 2010 Hate Crimes

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

FBI crime stats released Monday show  the proportion of hate crimes committed against Hispanics have reached a decade high, with 66 percent of ethnically motivated hate crimes being committed on the basis of anti-Hispanic bias, reports the Huffington Post.

The Huffington Post also reported in a separate article that the  level of anti-Muslim hate crimes “soared by an astounding 50 percent” above 2009 levels. The statistics show that there were 107 attacks on Muslims in 2009, and 160 in 2010.

The jump in the overall percentage of hate crimes attributed to anti-Hispanic bias has jumped dramatically, the Huffington Post reported. There were 595 Hispanic victims in 2003–almost 45 percent of the total that year–but, at 66 percent of the total for 2010, there 747 victims last year.