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D.C. Men Tell Horror
By James Wright
Washington African-American Newspaper
and the Washington Tribune
March 29, 1997
The U.S. Marshals Service is rampant with discrimination
against minority marshals and there is little that is done to
discourage the bad behavior, according to the New York Post
series, "BIGOTS WITH BADGES" which was published in
four consecutive editions from Sunday March 16 to Wednesday,
The stories were written by William Sherman and Daniel
The Marshall Service is the oldest federal police force in
the country, founded in 1789, and its duties include witness
protection, making felony arrest in federal crimes; transporting
fugitives of the law from other states; managing the Asset
Forfeiture Program; and carrying out federal orders from the
President, such as riot control.
Put In Cellblock
Art Lloyd, a U.S. Marshal who works in the federal courthouse
in Washington, D.C., revealed in the story how he was locked up
with prisoners. He said that his White coworkers were upset about
the discrimination complaint filed by him.
"I was in a cellblock taking handcuffs off of prisoners
who were ringleaders in a prison riot when a White supervisor
locked me in the cell," Mr. Lloyd said.
"All the White deputies had left, and I came very close
to getting killed. They locked me in there for 30 minutes and the
only reason I got out was because they had to bring in the
prisoner's lunch wagon and unlocked the door," he said.
The New York Post story cited other examples of such behavior
- White deputies setting up Black deputies for
beatings by prison inmates;
- White deputies failing to provide backup for
Black deputies making dangerous arrests;
- White deputies using Martin Luther King's
picture for target practice during an annual
firearms qualification test;
- A White deputy terrorizing Black female
deputies by running through a marshal's office
dressed as a member of the Ku Klux Klan.
One of the newspapers chief sources, Matthew Fogg, who has
been in the Marshal's office here in D.C. since 1983, told the
AFRO in an interview on March 26, that he was discriminated
against at various times for promotions and will take his case to
federal court. The court date is Monday, May 19 and he will be
represented, free of charge, by a local law firm, Zuckert, Scout
Mr. Fogg said he tried to contact the Rev. Jesse Jackson and
his son Cong. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill) and many members of the
Congressional Black Caucus with no luck. Attempts to reach the
White House through the Internet were to no avail, either.
The New York Post article stated that 264 of the 292 marshals
hired last year were White and the workforce is 79 percent white.
On Monday, March 17, the newspaper ran the story of Bill
Scott, who is Black and his former partner, Steve Zanowic. Mr.
Scott, though he received many awards for his work, was regularly
called "N-----" and coon, in the presence of Mr.
Zanowic. When Mr. Zanowic made it clear that he stood by his
partner, he was called a "N----r lover" and a
"half breed son".
Death threats, pictures of dead rats, and racially insulting
messages were commonplace. Mr. Zanowic said in the article that
he was hit in the groin at a battalion training session by an
instructor who was demonstrating the use of a weapon. He was left
unattended and wobbled to the hospital.
The newspaper told a story of how Mr. Scott was set up to be
killed by a crazed drug lord. When calling for backup, the White
agents disappeared. He eventually captured the man but instead of
being praised, he was reprimanded.
The series quoted Clevand Vaughn, a former U.S. Marshal from
Nebraska who was appointed by President Clinton in 1993, but
resigned in 1996. Mr. Vaughn was quoted as saying that hiring
Black marshals was a challenge and frustrating because of the
White male, "good ole boys' system.
U.S. Marshals spokesperson, William Dempsey, was quoted as
saying that "the service is taking steps to alleviate
imbalances in the system," but will not acknowledge that
mistakes were being made.
William Sherman of the New York Post, one of the
investigative reporters, told the AFRO on Wednesday that the Rev.
Al Sharpton has petitioned for a formal investigation in U.S.
District Court. Also calling for an investigation are Sen. Daniel
P. Moynihan (D-NY) and Sen. Alfonse D'Amato (R-NY).
Mr. Sherman has also said that he has received calls from
workers in the U.S. Park Service and the New York Transit
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