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Waco Raid: A Look Back 20 Years After The Branch Davidian Controversy

The Waco raid began 20 years ago today. On February 28 the federal government initiated a “military style” raid on the Branch Davidian compound in Texas. The highly debated and controversial raid lasted until April 19.

A massive media presence converged around the Waco compound, offering nearly unprecedented coverage as the violent scene unfolded. David Koresh was the leader of the Waco compound.

A private ceremony is planned to mark the 20th anniversary of the Waco raid, according to the Houston Chronicle. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) will honor the four agents who died during the raid on David Koresh’s compound. The agents who died include Todd McKeehan, Conway LeBleu, Robert John Williams, and Steven Willis.

The ATF agents died on the first day of the 51-day standoff. Six members of the Branch Davidian sect also perished during the first hours of the federal raid at the compound. By the end of the ATF raid in Waco, 80 Branch Davidian members died. The death toll included two dozen children.

Those inside the Branch Davidian compound were often referred to as a doomsday cult who anticipated a confrontation with the government. The Waco residents’ fears were realized and even 20 years later controversy is sparked when discussing who is to blame for the carnage.

In David Limbaugh’s book, Absolute Power, an argument is made that David Koresh was witnessed off the Mount Carmel Center compound multiple time and could have been arrested by agents without the need for a massive raid, Hoosier Access notes. The Branch Davidian leader was allegedly tipped off about the Waco raid in advance.

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