2 Resignations come from Operation Fast and Furious
The two men leading Operation Fast and Furious step down
TUCSON, AZ. (KGUN9-TV) - Kenneth Melson, acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and U.S. Attorney in Arizona, Dennis Burke, have resigned following investigations into a flawed law enforcement operation aimed at major gun-trafficking networks on the Southwest border.
Operation Fast and Furious aimed to target Mexican cartels and gun traffickers. Instead the men in charge of the operation put thousands of guns in the hands of those very people, eventually ending up at the crime scene where Border Patrol Agent Terry was mortally wounded.
ATF Chief Kenneth Melson and Arizona U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke resigned; something the Terry family says they were hoping for.
“It cost our brother his life. How many more law enforcement guys will lose their lives. It’s silly. It’s supposed to be a brotherhood. Government is supposed to look out for their employees and they didn’t,” said Kent Terry, Jr.
Since the investigation on Operation Fast and Furious there have been new measurements put in place to better track weapons. ATF agents are required to report every time they send more than 2 high-powered rifles across the border within a five-day period.
U.S. Attorney in Minnesota, B. Todd Jones, will replace Kenneth Melson as ATF's acting director.