Family members of a Border Patrol agent killed in a firefight with bandits near the Mexico border say they're pleased that Justice Department's internal watchdog documented the failures of the agency in its botched smuggling investigation known as Operation Fast and Furious.
Two rifles bought by bought by a smuggling ring were found at the scene of a 2010 shootout that killed Agent Brian Terry near Nogales, Ariz.
Authorities have faced criticism for allowing suspected straw gun buyers to walk away from gun shops with weapons, rather than arrest the suspects and seize the guns there.
The Terry family released a statement that reads in part:
The Family is pleased that, upon an initial assessment, it appears to document the serious, systemic failures of the Justice Department at all levels, from field agents in the Phoenix office of ATF and prosecutors in the U.S. Attorney's office in the District of Arizona up through ATF senior leadership and the Attorney General and his top deputies in Washington, D.C. We will refrain from further comment on the report until we have had a chance to fully digest this information and the conclusions offered by the Inspector General. We also remain hopeful that all documents related to Fast and Furious are released, including those President Obama has refused to release citing 'Executive Privilege.' Only full disclosure can guarantee complete transparency." - Robert Heyer, Terry's cousin.
The report referred more than a dozen people for possible disciplinary action for their roles in the probe.
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