WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA9) -- The mystery deepens at the US Marshals Office at Superior Court here.
A lawyer for Chief Deputy Marshal James Brooks says Brooks has no idea why he's been placed on administrative leave until further notice.
Brooks is suing the Marshals Service, alleging racial discrimination and retaliation in hiring, duties, and promotions. His attorney, Brandon Jameson, says putting Brooks on leave "fits the pattern" of retaliation against African American employees that is alleged in the lawsuit. The lawsuit dates back to 2008, but its still in the discovery phase.
Two other top officials at the US Marshals Office at DC Superior Court have also been placed on indefinite administrative leave. Both are Assistant Chief Deputy Marshals. At least one of them is white, and has previously been demoted and suspended for alcohol, drunk driving, and hit and run.
A spokesman from US Marshals Service headquarters says he too is trying to find out the nature of the allegations against the three men.
Dave Oney released a cryptic statement: "As a result of serious misconduct allegations, the Chief Deputy United States Marshal and two Assistant Chief Deputy United States Marshals in the United States Marshals D.C. Superior Court office have been placed on administrative leave pending further notice. The United States Marshals Service is conducting an internal investigation into the matter, and the Department of Justice Office of Inspector General is being kept apprised of the activities and efforts of the investigation." - U.S. Marshals Office of Public Affairs
Several other people connected to the Marshals Service in DC tell us they are mystified by these allegations of undefined misconduct.
We will let you know if we find out anything else.