10 elected Arizona sheriffs held a press conference today and demanded an investigation of the Fast and Furious program.
The sheriffs called for Attorney General Eric Holder to step down or be fired.
The Sheriffs are demanding that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder reveal the truth behind the scandal, and believe that those responsible should be criminally accountable for allowing 2,000 guns to be purchased on U.S. Soil and turned over to the Mexican drug cartels.
Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu and nine other elected sheriffs held a press conference Friday morning in Phoenix. They demanded the truth from the federal government, and they asked for a special council to conduct a criminal investigation into what really happened during and after the failed operation, which let guns into Mexico.
They believe the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Attorney General Eric Holder bungled the operation and then tried to cover it up. This week, Holder said he just found out about the controversial operation, but those inside the justice department said that he knew months ago. The operation allowed guns into Mexico that the ATF hoped to track drug cartel activities.
Some 2,000 guns were sent there, but about 1,400 guns are still unaccounted for.
“In law enforcement, this is unacceptable — the fact that our own government has given weapons — some of these weapons not only semi-automatic, some transitioned to fully automatic, and 50-caliber rifles — rifles my deputies and our deputies don’t even have on the street, and they put them into the hands of the criminals that we’re fighting,” Babeu said. The sheriffs said they want Holder to be held accountable for the lost law enforcement lives in Arizona and Mexico.