NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 01, 1988
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) FBI reported being charged with racism and discrimination. Report introduced.
(DC: Lucky Severson) FBI agents noted investigating charges of racial discrimination during civil rights movement of '60's; scenes shown from Selma, Alabama, in '65. J. Edgar Hoover's FBI reported riddled with racial bigotry. Minority agent Bernardo Matt Perez' lawsuit against FBI featured. No Hispanic agents noted holding field office positions. [PEREZ - says is embarrassed to have to openly confront problems.] Black agent Don. Rochon's charges in other lawsuit against FBI discussed. Rochon noted transferred to Omaha, Nebraska, field office in '83 where he suffered racial harassment and discrimination. [ROCHON - explains racially offensive jokes made at his expense.] Rochon's transfer to Chicago, Illinois, office detailed. Copy shown of death threat Rochon received. [ROCHON - says was concerned when received life insurance and dismemberment policy in mail.] Agent responsible for forged policy, Gary Miller, noted being lightly reprimanded by FBI. [ROCHON - says Miller's co-workers paid his salary, making suspension for death threats and forgery a vacation.] FBI noted refusing comment on matters. [FBI director William SESSIONS - says won't tolerate racism.] [PEREZ - describes situation.] Perez noted claiming Hispanics given most dangerous assignments without promotion benefits. '86 Miami, Florida, shoot-out recalled; scenes shown. Perez quoted with regard to promotion denials. [PEREZ - says feels like abused child.] Rochon noted awaiting Justice Department's conclusion of three-yr. investigation.