Agent Provocateur Law and Legal Definition

Agent provocateur is French for "inciting agent" and refers to a person used by law enforcement officials to bait another into committing a crime. An agent provocateur may be a police officer or a secret agent of police tries to gather evidence against another. For example, In the United States, the COINTELPRO program of the Federal Bureau of Investigation had FBI agents pose as political radicals to disrupt the activities of radical political groups in the U.S., such as the Black Panthers, Ku Klux Klan, and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.