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Videos: ATF covered up camera before raiding gun owner’s home

Police crime scene. (Dreamstime/TNS)
April 09, 2024

A new video from the recent Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) raid on the home of the director of Bill and Hillary Clinton Airport in Arkansas shows that ATF agents covered up a security camera before conducting the armed raid on the gun owner’s residence.

According to KATV, Bud Cummins, the attorney for Bryan Malinowski’s estate, released two videos from the ATF’s raid on the airport director’s residence, which took place on March 19. ATF agents raided Malinowski’s Chenal Valley home at roughly 6 a.m. while the airport director was still asleep.

The first video shared by Cummins was recorded by a neighbor’s camera and shows ATF agents arriving in the neighborhood in about 10 vehicles.

The second video released by Cummins was recorded by Malinowski’s doorbell camera. The video shows ATF agents in full tactical gear and armed with rifles. The video also shows an ATF agent covering up the camera with a piece of tape.

“At this stage there is no publicly available evidence showing whether agents knocked on the door or announced their presence, adequately identifying themselves,” Cummins told KATV. “Bryan’s wife Maer only heard loud banging immediately followed by the crash of the front door being forced open.”

KATV reported that Arkansas State Police investigators previously said Malinowski fired a gun toward the ATF agents as they executed a search warrant, prompting the agents to fire at the gun owner. Malinowski was shot in the head and taken to a local hospital, where he died just two days after the ATF raid. KATV reported that an ATF agent was also shot during the incident but was expected to fully recover.

According to KATV, the ATF search warrant authorized agents to search both Malinowski’s property and vehicle for evidence that the gun owner was breaking federal laws by selling firearms without a license. Law enforcement officials have also claimed that Malinowski purchased more than 150 guns from May of 2021 to February of 2024.

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While the ATF agents obtained a search warrant, Cummins questioned the actions of the ATF agents involved in the March raid on Malinowski’s home.

“The Malinowski family believes the already known facts amply demonstrate ATF’s tactics on March 19 were reckless and incompetent, and completely unnecessary,” Cummins stated.

Cummins told The Epoch Times that law enforcement officers are required by law to identify themselves and give time for a homeowner to answer the door.

“To cover [the camera] up seems counterproductive if your goal was for them to know you are law enforcement, so they’ll submit to your authority, open up, and let you in,” Cummins said. “We don’t have all the evidence. The evidence we have tends to show that the search was not conducted legally.”