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US honors black federal law officer killed in 1883

US honors black federal law enforcement official killed in line of duty in 1883 By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' Federal authorities have paid tribute to a man they say was the first black U.S. law enforcement official killed in the line of duty after Reconstruction.

William Henderson Foote was honored at a ceremony Monday at the headquarters of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Officials unveiled the addition of Foote's name to the ATF memorial wall as part of National Police Week.

The ATF says Foote was working as a deputy collector for the Department of Treasury's Bureau of Internal Revenue when he was shot by a white mob in Mississippi in 1883. The bureau was later folded into the ATF.



Members of Foote's family attended, as did the wife of Attorney General Eric Holder.


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