Family of Dead U.S. Border Patrol Agent Upset With Operation Fast and Furious

By Daniela Salvador

June 27, 2012 Updated Jun 27, 2012 at 5:52 PM EDT

Undated (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - Several Democratic lawmakers say they will vote to charge Attorney General Eric Holder with contempt of Congress on Thursday.

The charge centers around what Holder knew about the gun operation that resulted in the death of a U.S. Border Patrol agent.

Congressional investigators claim Holder is hindering their search for what happened.

Bob Hayer, who is a cousin and a San Diego lawyer said, "The tragedy in this, and the real insult is, no one has taken responsibility for 'Fast and Furious'."

Hayer and his family are upset with the Obama Administration. Their relative, Brian Terry, is at the center of the controversy involving Holder.

The U.S. Border Patrol agent died in December 2010 in Arizona.
Mexican gunmen shot Terry with weapons tied to the U.S. government's program, designed to track illegal guns sent to Mexico.

"No one has apologized specifically for the decision in making 'Operation Fast and Furious' take place," Hayer said.

Terry grew in Flat Rock, Mich. about 30 minutes southwest of Detroit. He left to join the Marines, prior to his career in law enforcement.

Terry served with the Ecorse and Lincoln Park Police Departments, before he decided to protect the nation's borders.

"Brian was a son of Michigan,” Hayer said. “He is a son of Michigan, will always be a son of Michigan. Every Michigander, Every U.S. citizen should be upset over 'Fast and Furious'."

A U.S. House Committee recommends a contempt of Congress charge against Holder.

The committee believes Holder lied, and has hindered the investigation into finding out who authorized the gun operation. However, Terry's family believes Washington politics will prevent that.

"This is not a partisan battle, this right and wrong,” Hayer said. “This is an issue of justice."

Terry's family is still waiting for justice 18 months after his death.

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