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January 29, 2013

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National Law Enforcement Museum and Target® to Present Witness to History: The ATF Raid at Waco


Washington, DC—On Thursday, February 7, 2013, the next event in the National Law Enforcement Museum’s Witness to History panel discussion series will mark the first time agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)—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 will shed light on a controversial case in recent history. The panel discussion will include expert analysis and firsthand accounts from those closely tied to the investigation, and will be moderated by Craig W. Floyd, Chairman & CEO of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. A Q&A session will allow audience members to interact with the panelists at the end of the discussion.

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Panelists:

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

What:

National Law Enforcement Museum Panel Discussion Series
Witness to History: The ATF Raid at Waco

When:

Thursday, February 7, 2013
Reception at 6:00 pm
Program begins at 6:45 pm

Where:

Pew Charitable Trusts Building
901 E Street NW 
Washington, DC 20004

Admission is free and this event is open to the public. Space is limited; registered guests will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis. Register by January 31, 2013. For more information, contact WitnessToHistory@nleomf.org, call 202.737.3400, or visit www.LawEnforcementMuseum.org/WitnesstoHistory.

NOTE: Media representatives planning to cover this event are required to register, in advance, by contacting Steve Groeninger at steve@nleomf.org or 202.737.7135. Please provide your name and affiliation.

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About the National Law Enforcement Museum
Authorized by Congress in the year 2000, the 55,000-square-foot National Law Enforcement Museum will be a mostly underground institution located adjacent to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC’s Judiciary Square. The Museum will tell the story of American law enforcement through high-tech, interactive exhibits, comprehensive collection of historical and contemporary artifacts, extensive resources for research, and diverse educational programming. Museum construction has commenced with a projected opening in 2015. The Museum is an initiative of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, a private non-profit [501(c)(3)] organization established in 1984. The Memorial Fund is dedicated to honoring the service and sacrifice of America’s law enforcement officers and to promoting officer safety. For more information about the National Law Enforcement Museum, visit www.LawEnforcementMuseum.org.