Name ATF Headquarters After Ariel Rios

John Killorin
John Killorin 270 Comments
793 Signatures Goal: 5,000

On December 2, 1982, Special Agent Ariel Rios of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) was murdered during an undercover operation in Miami, Florida. He was assigned to the then Vice President's (George H.W. Bush) South Florida Task Force. Special agent Rios was the first ATF agent killed by hostile action in the line of duty since its establishment as a separate agency in 1972.

In 1985, Congress passed and President Reagan signed a law naming the Federal building at 1200 Pennsylvania NW in Washington DC the Ariel Rios Building. At the time, that building served as ATF Headquarters.

For 30 years, the Ariel Rios Building was the only building in the District named for a Federal agent killed in the line of duty and recognized the service and sacrifice of ATF agents and rank and file law enforcement.

In 2008, ATF Headquarters was moved into a new Federal Building built specifically for it 99 New York Avenue NE, Washington D.C.

In 2012, the building at 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW was renamed in honor of President William Jefferson Clinton.

The undersigned join with the ATF Association and others in urging Congress to reinstate the honor given to Special Agent Rios as a fitting tribute to his sacrifice by naming the ATF Headquarters Building at 99 New York Avenue NE after him.

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May 17
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  • Myra Figueroa
    Myra Figueroa Puerto Rico, Caguas
    May 07, 2016
    May 07, 2016
    President Clinton was a great president, even tough his personal life scandals, I respect the man no matter what, but the AFT should be re-named after SA Ariel Ríos who died in the line of duty like a hero. Please do not let his legacy be forgotten and sign this petition.
  • Howard Wolfe
    Howard Wolfe United States, Pittsburgh
    Apr 08, 2016
    Apr 08, 2016
    When ATF left that building, the goal was to move back there to the building because it was named after an ATF Agent who had been killed in the line of duty. Since the building has been re-named, it makes perfect sense to name ATF's current Headquarters building after Ariel Rios.
  • Robert Daugherty
    Robert Daugherty United States, Sun City Center
    Mar 19, 2016
    Mar 19, 2016
    Ariel's name deserves to be memorialized in ATF history. What better place than on the new HQ Building. Get Jim Pasco to work on it!
  • John Leaf
    John Leaf United States, Bethesda
    Mar 09, 2016
    Mar 09, 2016
    If memorial names on a building mean anything, you can't just toss them aside when someone more famous comes along. Restore Rios.
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