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Tag: investigative assistance for violent rimes act

Federal Agents Group Blasts Senator

By DEVLIN BARRETT
Wall Street Journal

WASHINGTON — An organization of federal agents blasted an anonymous senator who is blocking a bill that would clarify how agents are allowed to assist in responding to major incidents such as the elementary school shooting in Connecticut.

According to the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, an unknown U.S. senator placed what is known as a “hold” on the Investigative Assistance for Violent Crimes Act. The bill is one the Federal Bureau of Investigation sought to clarify that federal law enforcement agents are acting in the scope of their employment when they respond to violent incidents like a mass shooting, in which there is no immediate evidence of violations of federal law.

“It is an absolute outrage that one senator cowering behind the curtain has placed an anonymous hold on the mass killings legislation,” said Jon Adler, president of FLEOA, which advocates on behalf of federal agents.

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