The Witness series brings together the men and women of Law Enforcement who were instrumental in landmark events in American history. For information about upcoming programs please visit the Museums Events pages.
On February 7, 2013, the National Law Enforcement Museum hosted a panel discussion on the raid on the Branch Davidian Compound by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). This was first time that’s agents who had been on the ground when the 50-day raid began in Waco, Texas, on February 28, 1993, have spoken publicly about their role in this tragic event. The panel discussion included expert analysis and first-hand accounts from Bill Buford, ATF (ret.) Resident Agent in Charge, Little Rock Field Office; Pete Mastin, ATF (ret.) Special Agent in Charge, New Orleans Field Division; Jerry Petrilli, ATF (ret.) Resident Agent in Charge, Albuquerque Field Office; and Dick Reavis, author of The Ashes of Waco: An Investigation. Each of the agents shared insights into what they felt went wrong, as well as how the ATF has improved operations as a result of what happened at Waco. Acting ATF Director, B. Todd Jones, was also in attendance and shared his thoughts on the events. Jones said, “This was the biggest gunfight involving federal law enforcement in the history of America. The men who were there that day were all heroes, in my mind.”
This program was generously sponsored by Target