America’s political police, the FBI, has largely evaded the tight scrutiny that local law enforcement has been facing since the death of George Floyd.
While feds often bully low level beat cops over minor transgressions, as seen in the the recent FBI probe into the Louisville Police Department for allegedly throwing a drink at someone, genuine criminals, perverts and predators inside the FBI often avoid punishment. The names and records of corrupt G-men are often kept hidden even when they are terminated for serious misconduct, which puts the public at risk.
Occasionally, their behavior is so egregious that prosecutors are forced to make exceptions to the rule and pursue them. In just the last month, FBI agents and employees have been accused of preying on little girls, criminally extorting women for money and sex, and even shooting a homeless man on the DC Metro for no reason.
In late April, a 38-year-old FBI computer technician in the Nashville field office was arrested for grooming 14-year-old girls over the internet. During an investigation into his behavior, he was found to have been behaving as a father figure to troubled girls and using this relationship to manipulate them into sending him lewd photographs that he kept on his electronics. This behavior only triggered an FBI investigation after one of the girls sent a package for the suspect to their office.
In a case publicized earlier this week, a Texas FBI agent named William Roy Stone Jr was arrested by the Texas Rangers and Dallas Fort Worth Police Department for using his credentials to blackmail a woman into giving him close to a million dollars over a three and a half year period.
The FBI is conveniently claiming that the extortion began a month after Stone retired from the Bureau in 2015, but its more likely that he took advantage of federal surveillance powers at his job to find a mark.
During this time period, agent Stone convinced a woman that she was under “secret probation” that required her to pay him or he would use his power to take her children away. At one point during the ordeal, the sociopath even tried to scare the woman into marrying him.
Most alarming is the fact that Stone had two accomplices during this abusive campaign, but his indictment does not name the co-conspirators nor do they appear to be facing any charges.
A high-ranking FBI agent, Eduardo Valdivia, was arrested this week for Second Degree Attempted Murder.
Last December, Valdivia was riding the DC Metro when a man, Steven Slaughter, asked him if he could spare some change.
Valdivia then allegedly mocked the man by pretending to give him money but giving him a “fist bump” instead.
This angered Slaughter, who Valdivia claims began using expletives.
State Attorney John McCarthy says that Valdivia then barked “watch your mouth” at Slaughter. When the victim refused to comply, the off-duty Valdivia pulled out his service weapon and shot him in the middle of a train car with multiple passengers nearby. The shooter did not identify himself as law enforcement at the time.
Eyewitnesses held that Slaughter did not make physical contact with Valdivia, nor did he pose any immediate threat to him.
In 2020, Valdivia was promoted to the position of supervisory agent at a department of FBI headquarters that targets “domestic extremists,” focusing primarily on adherents to political ideologies like white nationalism and members of libertarian militias.
Despite the fact that Valdivia is objectively a greater danger to the public than the people he tracks, the judge in his case released him without bail.
The investigation into the incident, which began immediately after the incident, has been characterized by local organizations as lacking transparency.