- Associated Press - Sunday, September 27, 2020

SEATTLE (AP) - A supervisor for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Seattle says in a lawsuit she was the target of a smear campaign after she sued over racial harassment by a co-worker with a Nazi tattoo.

Cheryl Bishop, a senior supervisory special agent who is Black, said court papers that after her discrimination lawsuit settled for $450,000, the accused supervisor sent an email to 150 people defending himself and reiterating many of the same racist tropes and allegations against Bishop, the Seattle Times reported.

The agency repeatedly failed to discipline Bradley Devlin or rein in his racist behavior, allowing him to feel he could lash out again, the lawsuit claims.

Devlin has a “German Eagle SS Lightning bolt” tattoo he says he got infiltrating a white supremacist biker gang in Ohio. He has said in court documents he is not racist and described their conflict as based on personality.

Devlin was the bureau’s resident agent in charge in Eugene, Oregon. He has since retired and declined comment to the newspaper on the new lawsuit. An ATF spokeswoman also declined comment.



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