Family of Border Patrol agent sues ATF over ‘Fast & Furious’

This past Friday marked the two-year anniversary of the murder of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry who was killed in a gunfight with Mexican drug cartel members on the Arizona border.  The Associated Press reported Agent Terry’s family filed a federal wrongful death lawsuit Thursday against supervisors and agents with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The lawsuit also named a federal prosecutor who originally worked on the case and the owner of the gun shop who sold two of the weapons found at the crime scene.

The investigation into Terry’s death revealed that the guns used during the firefight were part of the botched ATF gun-walking case known as Operation Fast & Furious. “The ‘Fast and Furious’ operation was launched in 2009 to catch trafficking kingpins, but agents lost track of about 1,400 of the more than 2,000 weapons involved,” AP reported.

According to the AP, the lawsuit alleges federal officials should have known that allowing the guns to leave gun shops in the hands of suspected gun smugglers posed a risk to law enforcement agents, especially those who worked on the U.S.-Mexico border.

The family alleges the ATF officials and federal prosecutor created a risk to law enforcement officers such as Terry, and that the firearms agents should have known their actions would lead to injuries and deaths to civilians and police officers in America and Mexico.

The family also alleged that firearms agents and the prosecutor sought to cover up the link between Terry’s death and the botched “Fast and Furious” investigation.

So far, no one from ATF has commented on the lawsuit that seeks damages of $25 million.

Please visit The Brian Terry Foundation.

 

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Janeen Capizola

"And though she be but little, she is fierce." And fun! This conservative-minded political junkie, mom of three, dancer and one-time NFL cheerleader holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science. Janeen@BizPacReview.com. Twitter: @JaneenBPR
About Janeen Capizola

"And though she be but little, she is fierce." And fun! This conservative-minded political junkie, mom of three, dancer and one-time NFL cheerleader holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science. Janeen@BizPacReview.com. Twitter: @JaneenBPR

  • Big Dem

    Thank God! The Democrats are running interference for Obama's full-court cover up of his perfidity in Fast and Furious, so a civil lawsuit is the only chance we have of exposing the federal government's responsibility for this law enforcement officer's murder. His blood is directly on Eric Holder's hands!

    • Isabel Garcia

      so true Big Dem… holder is responsible for his murder!! i heard of a report whereby it states this matter should be ruled upon only by the government branches not the judiciary!! wouldn't that be convienent!!! this is the only way to get them to answer questions…. we don't need any more cover-ups!!

  • Juan

    No one has ever officially come out to say that the guns found were the ones that actually killed Terry. When isthat coming out. Question is what caliber bullet fired from which rifle/gun killed Terry.

  • Gary Pardo Sr

    Is it true high-powered sniper rifles were also part of this ATF attempt to smear US gun shops? If so images of these should be plastered all over the internet and Facebook. A lawsuit should also be entered, if it hasn't already, on behalf of the families of those Mexicans killed by any of these released weapons. Why isn't our Secretary of State, who is hell bent on putting US gunowners under the control of the UN requesting that UN authorities launch investigations into this event? For that matter, why hasn't Mexico requested it? We need a massive protest march on Washington, D.C.

  • http://www.Need2No.US Jaime Shutes

    For excellent deep investigation of Fast & Furious, read William R. Daniel's ONE IF BY LAND. As an observer and reporter on US/MX border matters, I found it a concise and candid presentation on what is truly happening along and above our border. It is a "Fast and Fascinating" read.

    Jaime Shutes, P.E.

    Activist/Advocate,

    Human/Drug/Terrorist/Disease/Gun/Money Traffic Law Enforcement and

    Second Amendment/Self-Defense Rights
    http://www.Need2No.US
    At what cost, America, “Cheap” Labor, Plentiful Drugs and Votes?

    What crosses the border from ALL OVER THE WORLD, ends UP HERE.

    What will YOU do when the cops are six minutes away, but the lethal threat is NOW?