Witness to History: The ATF Raid at Waco

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Witness to History: The ATF Raid at Waco

On Thursday, February 7, 2013, the next event in the National Law Enforcement Museum’s Witness to History panel discussion series marked the first time ATF agents—on the ground when the 50-day raid began in Waco, Texas—have spoken publicly about their role in this tragic event.

On February 28, 1993, the ATF raided a Branch Davidian compound to serve arrest and search warrants as part of an investigation into illegal possession of firearms and explosives. The violent events that unfolded took the lives of several agents and civilians.

Sponsored by Target® and held in the Pew Charitable Trusts Building at 901 E Street NW, Washington, DC, Witness to History: The ATF Raid at Waco shed light on a controversial case in law enforcement history. The panel discussion included expert analysis and firsthand accounts from those closely tied to the investigation, and was moderated by Craig W. Floyd, former Chairman & CEO of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. A Q&A session followed the discussion.

This program was originally recorded and produced by C-SPAN. To watch, visit: C-SPAN.

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Featuring:

  • Bill Buford, ATF (ret.), Resident Agent in Charge, Little Rock Field Office
  • Pete Mastin, ATF (ret.), Special Agent in Charge, New Orleans Field Division
  • Jerry Petrilli, ATF (ret.), Resident Agent in Charge, Albuquerque Field Office
  • Dick Reavis, Author of The Ashes of Waco: An Investigation

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