There is so much we need to do – we must do – to prevent more tragedies. We can’t discuss it all here today, but one step I hope members of both parties take is to finally get a permanent ATF director on the job.” – U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown

Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) introduced Steve Dettelbach at his U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing to serve as the Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Mr. Dettelbach is a Cleveland native and from 2009 until 2016, served as the Senate-confirmed U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

“I have known Steve for years, and watched him tackle some of the Department of Justice’s most sensitive cases – cases at the intersection of law enforcement and civil rights,” said Brown. “I can think of no better way to support law enforcement, to reject hate, and to keep Americans safe from violent crime, than for this committee and the entire Senate to confirm Steve Dettelbach as ATF Director.”

Dettelbach has earned the endorsement from numerous law enforcement groups including the National Sheriffs’ Association, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, the Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association, Women in Federal Law Enforcement, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Dettelbach has also been endorsed by more than 140 former federal prosecutors and eight former ATF Directors, and civil rights organizations, like the National Urban League and the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and faith organizations like the Jewish Federation of North America.

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