Chief Manley: Serial bomber ‘reigned terror’ on Austin


U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Austin, held a press conference with Austin Police Chief Brian Manley and other law enforcement Saturday afternoon.

Chief Manley reiterated that the investigation is not complete and they are continuing to check into every tip they’ve received, but some federal law enforcement is starting to leave town.

Congressman McCaul and Chief Manley were asked several times if they thought the bomber’s action qualified as “domestic terrorism.”

Here’s how Chief Manley responded: “He reigned terror in our community for three weeks and we are glad for the partnership that allowed us to bring this to a stop.”

Congressman McCaul, who is also chair of the House Committee on Homeland Security, said he plans to have a conversation in Washington about whether or not domestic terrorism could someday become an actual “charge” not just a “definition.”

He also presented flags that flew over the U.S. capitol to the law enforcement officials at the conference today as a way of thanking them for their service.

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