US DOJ to review flawed Milwaukee ATF sting

The ATF rented this building on S. 13th St. in Milwaukee to catch illegal sellers of cigarettes who bypassed state taxes. Image by Michael Sears

US DOJ to review flawed Milwaukee ATF sting

By Associated Press. CREATED May 21, 2013

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Justice is looking into a flawed Milwaukee sting as part of a larger review into how agents handle certain sensitive cases.

DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz says he's concerned about how the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is being managed. A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report says Horowitz wrote to two Congress members saying his office will look into the agency's management.

The Milwaukee sting involved agents setting up a fake storefront to nab criminals selling guns and drugs. But agents lost guns and left behind sensitive documents, their store was burglarized and they refused to pay their rent.

Republican Reps. Jim Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin and Bob Goodlatte of Virginia have demanded that ATF release its internal report on the Milwaukee operation.


Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,