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Congressman Pushes Bill to Rename ATF Headquarters After Slain Agent Ariel Rios

Ariel Rios

Ariel Rios

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Congressman André Carson from Indiana hopes history repeats itself.

The Congressman has introduced a bill to name ATF headquarters at 99 New York Avenue NE in Washington as the Ariel Rios Federal Building.

ATF agent Rios, 28, was murdered by drug traffickers in Miami in 1982 while assigned to then Vice President George Bush’s South Florida Drug Task Force. He was the first ATF agent killed by hostile action.

It’s not such an unusual request considering the old ATF headquarters at 1200 Pennsylvania Ave NW was named after Rios in 1985.

In 2007, ATF moved into a more secure headquarters on New York Avenue, but Congress never named the new building after Rios.

“Naming the ATF headquarters after Ariel Rios is an important symbolic reminder of risks faced by ATF’s front line agents and their ongoing service to our country,” said Rep. Carson in a letter to colleagues asking them to co-sponsor the bill. “As a former law enforcement officer, I believe this important recognition  of Ariel Rios will serve as a tribute to every frontline law enforcement officer past, present, and future.”

According to ATF, Rios and another agent, Alex D’Atri,  made arrangements to meet with two suspects at the Hurricane Motel in Miami to make an undercover buy of large quantities of cocaine and machineguns. One of the suspects suddenly became suspicious, drew his weapon and made threats.

Rios struggled with him and was shot. He died shortly after in the hospital. The other agent, D’Atri, was shot and wounded but survived.   

Read Rep. André Carson’s full letter to Congressional colleagues.

Dear Colleague:

I am writing to ask you to cosponsor the “Ariel Rios Federal Building Act”
which  will name the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
(ATF) headquarters in honor of its first special agent killed by hostile
action. This bill will designate the federal building at 99 New York Avenue,
NE Washington D.C. as the Ariel Rios Federal Building. Ariel Rios was a
young ATF special agent murdered by drug traffickers in 1982 while assigned
to then Vice President George Bush’s South Florida Drug Task Force.

In 1985, Congress designated the ATF headquarters building at 1200
Pennsylvania Avenue as the Ariel Rios Memorial Federal Building.  The
designation honored both the personal sacrifice of Ariel Rios and served as
an enduring reminder of the dangers that front line law enforcement officers
willingly confront to keep the rest of us safe.  For nearly 30 years, the
original ATF headquarters building bore the name of Ariel Rios.

In the wake of the Oklahoma City bombing, it was determined that a new, more
secure ATF headquarters would be built and shortly thereafter, Congress
approved the construction of a new ATF headquarters at 99 New York Avenue
NE.  After the ATF vacated 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, the building was
repurposed as the headquarters for the Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA).  Congress renamed the EPA headquarters building as the William
Jefferson Clinton Building, but the designation in honor of Ariel Rios was
not transferred to the new ATF Headquarters building.

This legislation seeks to rectify that omission and is supported by six of
the former Directors of ATF who served between 1982 and 2015.  This
legislation is also supported by former President George H.W. Bush, the
surviving family of Special Agent Ariel Rios and the ATF Association which
is comprised of current and former ATF colleagues who work in support of the
ATF mission.

Naming the ATF headquarters after Ariel Rios is an important symbolic
reminder of risks faced by ATF’s front line agents and their ongoing service
to our country.  As a former law enforcement officer, I believe this
important recognition  of Ariel Rios will serve as a tribute to every
frontline law enforcement officer past, present, and future.

Please consider cosponsoring this bill by contacting Andrea Martin at 5-4011
or Andrea.Martin@mail.house.gov to co-sponsor this legislation or for more
information.

Sincerely,

André Carson
Member of Congress


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