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Tribute for late black US law enforcement official

Monday - 5/14/2012, 11:43am  ET

WASHINGTON - Federal authorities are paying tribute to a man they say is the first black federal law enforcement official killed in the line of duty in the post-Reconstruction era.

A ceremony Monday at the headquarters of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is honoring William Henderson Foote. Foote's name will be unveiled on the ATF memorial wall in a ceremony held as part of National Police Week.

The ATF says Foote was lynched by a white mob in Mississippi in 1883 while working as a deputy collector for the Department of Treasury's Bureau of Internal Revenue. That's one of ATF's legacy agencies.

Members of Foote's family are scheduled to attend, as is the wife of Attorney General Eric Holder.


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