Sorry not to get back to you earlier, but the prosecution of Carlos Bledsoe was handled by state prosecutors in Arkansas, not the Justice Department. Questions about why state prosecutors may have used certain statutes to prosecute Bledsoe and not other statutes should be directed to the state prosecutors. Furthermore, questions about why Defense Department regulations or policies may deny purple Purple Heart awards to some individuals, but not others can only be answered by the Defense Department.
U.S. Department of Justice
From: Christina Munoz [mailto:cmunoz@KATV.com]
Sent: Friday, February 17, 2012 6:21 PM
To: Oh, JeeYoung (OPA)
Subject: Little Rock shooting
My name is Christina Munoz and I work for KATV Channel 7 News, the ABC
affiliate in Little Rock, Arkansas.
I'm hoping you can help me out with a story I'm working on.
The families of the two men that were shot while standing outside a
recruiting office in Little Rock in June of 2009 (Private William Long
was killed, Private Quinton Ezeagwula was injured) are hoping to get
Purple Heart awards for their loved ones.
I've been told the reason is because the incident was considered
"criminal" and not an international act of terrorism. So my question now
The killer, Carlos Bledsoe aka Abdulhakim Muhammad, claimed to be a
terrorist (trained in Yemen) and shot the men in uniform because of
their uniforms and because of his hatred of the US military. Is there a
set of guidelines used to determine whether an incident is classified as
a terrorist attack? Or is it on a case-by-case basis?
I'd love to talk to you more about it... you can call me anytime. Or you can email a statement or any other information that can help us out.
The story will air Tuesday night (February 21) at 10pm.
Thanks so much for your help!!
Channel 7 News