ATF Agent Detained For Brandishing Gun & Shutting Down Freeway in Minnesota
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This is a weird story that we’ll try to get to the bottom of, but for now, we do know that an ATF agent was detained for brandishing a gun at a motorist on a freeway in Minneapolis.
According to local media reports,
The incident began about 6:40 a.m. on eastbound I-694 in Brooklyn Park, when a motorist called police to report that another driver was displaying a gun.
Police caught up to the driver on I-94 at Olson Highway and blocked two southbound lanes long enough that traffic backed up to W. Broadway. The State Patrol took the man into custody but released him after officers learned he was an ATF agent who was carrying proper credentials.
Ummm, why was he released once it was revealed he was a federal agent? Was he brandishing the gun as part of an investigation? Was he detaining the other driver for violating federal law? Did he get a free pass for breaking a law just because of his employment status?
If the agent was working undercover, there are laws on Minnesota’s books to protect him, but this doesn’t really sound like the actions of an undercover agent to me.
This could end up being another black eye for the ATF who has taken mounting criticism in recent months over their role in the Mexican Gun Walking scandal (aka Fast and Furious) as well as botched sting operations.
The ATF says they are investigating this incident internally. I’m sure a lot will come of that investigation.