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  • Fast and Furious: Arizona Crime Ties

    When Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was shot to death near the Arizona/Mexico border in December 2010, we quickly learned the guns found at the murder scene were linked to a controversial Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives case called Fast and Furious. Phoenix ATF agents testified in front of Congressional leaders about the flawed gun case and the strategy in which they knowingly allowed criminals to obtain deadly assault weapons. The agents admitted to watching straw buyers purchase weapons on behalf of criminals. The agents said they did nothing to stop the purchases or to track the guns in a meaningful way after they were purchased. As a result of the Fast and Furious case, approximately two thousand weapons went missing. They are presumed to be on the streets somewhere in the United States, near the border, or in Mexico. The agents' testimonies sparked a slew of Congressional hearings and a major shuffle within the leadership ranks of the ATF and other areas of the Department of Justice.
  • Skeen Inside the ATF and the good ol' boy roundup

    This series revealed the Good Ol' Boy Roundup, an all-white gathering of law enforcement officers with racist signs and confederate flags. The WJLA-TV investigation of alleged racism inside the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms uncovered the roundup videotape and other examples of discrimination, as well as cases of missing weapons and misspent tax money. (June 6, July 10 - 12, 1995)