Help from the FBI

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The FBI Agents Association, with a membership of over 12,000 active and retired agents, announced its support Wednesday of a bill passed by Congress that authorizes federal officials to help local authorities respond to mass shootings or other violent crimes in public places.

Mr. Motyka, an FBI agent in New York, said the bill — known as the Investigative Assistance for Violent Crime Act of 2012 — clarifies the statutory language by explicitly granting the FBI the authority to provide investigative assistance, when requested by state or local law enforcement officials, in cases where those officials are investigating violent acts and shootings in public places.


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