Oops: ATF Director Says Undercover Agents Targeted Mentally Disabled People ‘By Accident’

Joel Gehrke
Washington Examiner
April 2, 2014

Federal agents who convinced mentally disabled people to commit crimes and then arrested them may have done so because they didn’t realize the people they were targeting had special needs, according to Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Director Todd Jones.

“We do not target the developmentally disabled,” Jones told House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., adding that ATF learned of that the people were disabled as “the result of defense pleadings” in court.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinelreported that ATF targeted developmentally disabled people during undercover drug and gun-buying operations throughout the country. “In Wichita, Kan., ATF agents referred to a man with a low IQ as ‘slow-headed’ before deciding to secretly use him as a key cog in their sting,” according to the Journal Sentinel.

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