Unit Chief Cynthia M. Deitle joined the Bureau as a Special Agent in 1995 and upon her graduation from the FBI Academy, she was assigned to the New York Division. In 1997, she volunteered for a transfer to the Civil Rights squad where she remained until her promotion to Supervisor in the Civil Rights Unit in Headquarters in 2007. While this show was being filmed, she was the Bureau's designated Subject Matter Expert in Civil Rights and the Chief of the Civil Rights Unit since December 2008. In the New York Division, she was the case agent for many high-profile civil rights investigations including the Color of Law case involving the death of Amadou Diallo, and the Hate Crime case involving the death of Yankel Rosenbaum in Crown Heights, NY. In January, 2011, Deitle accepted a transfer to the Boston FBI Office to manage the division's Public Corruption and Civil Rights Programs.
Deitle is an attorney and has earned a Master of Laws degree in Criminal Law from New York University School of Law and a Master of Laws degree in Constitutional Law from the George Washington University National Law Center. She has also published several law review articles dealing with the right to bear arms in the Second Amendment, and police officers' use of excessive force. Deitle frequently lectures on all aspects of the FBI Civil Right Program.