Senators Demand Answers from Justice Department in Fatal Shooting of Airport Executive

Senators Demand Answers from Justice Department in Fatal Shooting of Airport Executive

US Senators Tom Cotton and John Boozman are seeking answers from the Justice Department regarding the fatal shooting of Bryan Malinowski, the executive director of the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock, Arkansas. Malinowski, 53, was shot on March 19 during the execution of a search warrant by agents from the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). He succumbed to his injuries a few days later.

In a joint statement, Cotton and Boozman expressed their concern over the lack of body cameras worn by the ATF agents involved in the operation. The senators are demanding an explanation from the Department of Justice on how this violation of its own policy occurred and are urging the disclosure of the full circumstances surrounding the tragedy.

The attorney for the Malinowski family, Bud Cummins, highlighted that the ATF had implemented a policy in 2022 requiring the use of body cameras during search warrant executions. This policy was established in response to the shooting of Breonna Taylor, an EMT worker from Louisville, Kentucky, during a similar operation. Cummins expressed astonishment at the ATF’s claim of ignoring this clear policy, stating that it raises more questions than it answers.

According to authorities, Malinowski was under investigation for allegedly selling firearms without a license, some of which were used in crimes. He had legally purchased over 150 guns between May 2021 and February 2024, allegedly reselling them at gun shows where he acted as a vendor. The family of Malinowski maintained that he was a gun enthusiast and stood accused, at worst, of making private firearm sales to someone who may not have been legally entitled to purchase the guns.

The ATF spokesperson, Kristina Mastropasqua, stated that the matter is currently under review by state and local authorities in Arkansas, while the Department of Justice refrained from commenting on pending matters.

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